I wasn’t planning on seeing Doctor Strange, at least not in theaters, but after reading the reviews I may have to rethink that. Here’s author Theresa Braun’s review on Marvel’s latest blockbuster.
Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Universe. Written by Marvel.
Director: Scott Derrickson
Runtime: 1hr 55 min
I usually stick to writing about horror…anything horror, actually. However I am also a huge superhero fan. Mix that with loving almost anything with Benedict Cumberbatch, and I rushed to see Doctor Strange.
I didn’t know much about the story going in, except for having seen the trailer a few times. Sitting in the cushy recliner, wearing my 3D glasses, I counted the seconds to what I hoped would be one of the best films I’d seen in a long time. Obviously, not on an Oscar Award-winning level—but, hey, Cumberbatch is an actor of that caliber. Normally I would resist seeing a movie in 3D (gives me a headache and it’s always more money), but my friend insisted that the effects HAD to be viewed this way. Having gone through the experience, I have to say I agree. See it in 3D if you can.
What’s there to love about this movie? Just about everything. The storyline is so engaging that time flies by. My favourite aspect is the whole hero journey. Doctor Strange, like most characters of his kind, must suffer a descent into darkness and have to reinvent himself from the ashes. It’s such a metaphor for what we all have to do in our lives when tragedy strikes. It’s comforting to know that even superheroes must face their inner demons.
What’s different about Doctor Strange is that he must learn to control his reality by being conscious of his thoughts. In addition, he must practice wielding magic while understanding the complexities of time and space. We mere mortals can glean a tip or two and apply it to our own lives. This movie has that kind of depth if you look for it.
Add a great supporting cast (Rachel McAdams was adorable, Tilda Swinton a bit creepy, and Mads Mikkelsen perfectly villainous!), some witty lines, and that super cool red cape (so bad ass!) and you should be running to see this film, too.
Obviously, if you hate superheroes, Cumberbatch, awesome special effects, or tend to complain about everything, make sure you stay home.
Theresa didn’t give it a rating but it sounds like it deserves an A! Thanks again Theresa for “stopping by.” Always a pleasure! I think I’m going to have to see this one ASAP after all.