I’m going to preface this by telling you all that I knew nothing about Doctor Strange. Zip. Zero. NADA. So my expectations were just to sit down, relax, and have a little fun. That’s exactly what I got. I found Doctor Strange to be an exciting, adventurous ride into a new realm that we have only skimmed in movies like “Inception” and “The Matrix” but, with the classic Marvel story and humor.
Stephen Strange aka Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant surgeon but, he’s kind of an arrogant douche. As seen in his treatment of co-workers, including his ex, Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams). But you know, he is the best surgeon, so they let him.
In all his douchiness (Douchedom? Douchery?), he drives his super expensive car, and one day, in the rain, and while driving really fast, with zero concern for others, he reads patient charts… and ends up flying over a cliff and losing the use of his hands. Being a surgeon, this is catastrophic for him, and he is convinced that he can find a way to get his hands back and get back to work.
After months of treatment and surgeries, nothing works, he finds out about a paraplegic, former patient, Jonathan Pangborn (Benjamin Bratt). Strange had declined treatment to Pangborn because he was a lost cause and would never walk again. He finds him and sees him not only walking, but playing basketball and immediately wants to know how? So Pangborn tells him about Kamar-Taj in Nepal, and The Ancient One, which Strange only hears pieces of cause he only wants his hands back.
So, he is off to find the cure which leads him to meet Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). He is shown a glimpse of the powers they hold, and realms they protect, and he chooses to stay under their tutelage but still doesn’t seem to fully grasp what they do and what he will be doing is way beyond just healing his hands.
Also- here is where it gets really trippy.
ME watching the whole second half:
There’s sanctums, realms, time travel, metaphysics and so much more, you’re mind will truly be blown away.
By far, this is the most visually stunning Marvel film to date, and absolutely must be seen in 3D. Fair warning, I found myself getting a little dizzy at certain parts, and I am pretty used to crazy 3D scenes, but I wouldn’t want to see Doctor Strange any other way. While the script was good, it didn’t detract from what Marvel is known for but, it didn’t really add or advance it either. I still have issues with The Ancient One being whitewashed, but I do love Tilda Swinton…
…and the director, Scott Derrickson, has addressed the whitewashing head on, so I was able to enjoy it, despite of my feelings.
So, while it may not be my favorite Marvel film to date (I give that prize to Civil War), it is by far my favorite visually, and I had a blast watching it. I probably won’t be taking my 9 year old to see it, though. Not because of violence or anything like that, I just don’t think she would grasp the other realms or time travel quiet yet. That’s my kid though, and she would ask a ton of questions that I would just say, well, that’s just how it is. She hates that answer. So, really, it is just a matter of you knowing what your child can grasp.
So if you want a fun time, with great effects, and a great new story to add to the MCU- this is one you don’t want to miss.