Doctor Strange Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
Writers: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, and C. Robert Cargill
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton
Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi/Fantasy
How It Can Be Seen: In Theaters Now!
With a film like this, my personal feeling have always been that it's more fun to see it with a large or full audience. I myself opted out of seeing in 3D for various reasons. However that doesn't and didn't take away from the fact that this movie was so much fun to see! Not to mention that it was one of the more thought provoking Marvel superhero movies I've seen to date! The tone was much like The Matrix in where it not only wanted to excite you with the action, the visuals and spectacle, but it wanted to feed your mind with philosophy and deep thoughts. I will be forthcoming with you and say before the news of this movie was first released, I knew nothing about Doctor Strange. I had never even heard of that character, unlike the other well known ones in the Marvel Universe. Stephen Strange is a gifted renowned medical neurosurgeon, full of arrogance, ego, and overflowing confidence, keeping a will they/won't they budding relationship with his colleague and friend Christine Palmer at arm's length. Everything is going his way, until one night he gets in a devestating car wreck in which the two things that make him the best at what he does, his hands, are badly damaged in the accident. After multiple surgeries and slow healing, but also filled with much bitterness and regret, he decides to use the rest of his money to travel halfway around the world to seek The Ancient One, someone who is said to be able to mysteriously and miraculously heal people.
Instead, while there, Stephen is exposed to a world and powers he never knew existed, and more so, never believed in. What I found uniquely refreshing about the tone is how easily is slides between drama and comedy. And it does it so quickly - One moment you're witnessing something seriously or even upsetting, the next moment your laughing at a gag or a joke. It can be a little distracting at times, but eventually it becomes part of that story and world in a very organic way. To make a film humorous, fun, and thought provoking is no easy task. But director Scott Derrickson and the co-writers found a satisfying balance! Another factor about this film that I am most undoubtedly drawn to, is the prospect of a seemingly ordinary person going through a journey of self-awakening and doing extraordinary things. Those kinds of stories have always attracted me, because I believe them to be factual. That someone who feels ordinary could transform, become something more, and end up doing something spectacular and extraordinary. This picture is an all you can eat buffet of visuals that will positively astound you and take you on a trip to the inside of the mind. These visuals were definitely inspired by kaleidoscopes and even some I found were inspired by paintings and mind bending designs! This isn't your usual Marvel film!