Doctor Strange Blows away Marvel fans everywhere
Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells
Marvel, almost as a rule, produces some of the most popular and widely viewed films in the United States, with an eye for quality and storylines like no other. Their latest film, Doctor Strange, is no exception. The movie features Benedict Cumberbatch as the eponymous hero-to-be, Doctor Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, the human antagonist of the story.
The acting was exceptional, the special effects could not have been better, and the storyline, while different from its comic book origins, did an amazing job of staying in canon.
Doctor Strange begins his hero’s journey as an arrogant neurosurgeon. He is shown performing brain surgery, and showing off his impeccable memory and displaying extreme confidence in every aspect of his demeanor. Once out of the hospital, he is shown in a luxurious apartment. The audience sees numerous awards displayed throughout his home as well as other signs of his wealth. From a drawer full of expensive watches to the Lamborghini that ends up being the instrument of his fall from prestige, it all shows his extravagant lifestyle.
Strange is shown driving distracted, before getting into an accident that ultimately costs him the use of his hands. He hears of another man that has had similar issues concerning nerve damage, and he seeks him out in order to learn his secret. This puts him on the path that will bring about the events that put him on the path of a sorcerer.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have a good deal of bias towards Marvel movies, and waited for more than a year to see the movie, seeing it twice in the week immediately following its release. At face value, the movie is entertaining, just another superhero movie with great special effects, the occasional joke, and at least one swoon-worthy actor. Beyond the simple story though, it carries a deeper message, showing the story of a man who goes from incredibly self-centered, to becoming much less self-involved (albeit through some fairly extreme circumstances).
One of the best features about Marvel is the teaser trailers that hint at movies to come; little clues that certain characters will be interacting in one of their upcoming movies.
Doctor Strange has two of those, one after the initial breakdown of important characters throughout the movie, and another after the full credit roll. Never leave a Marvel movie before the lights come on in the theater.
Doctor Strange is one of the best Marvel movies in a while. The amount of work that must have been put in to create this masterpiece must have been enormous, and to such an amazing result. With a 90 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and an eight out of ten on IMDB, it’s definitely worth going to see.