Film Review - Dr. Strange
Okay, that was a trippy movie. I want to preface this that if you do go and watch this movie please watch in 3D. Trust me, you'll thank me for it later. Now that that's out of the way. Dr. Strange is the newest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its about an extremely arrogant but brillant nuerosurgeon Stephen Strange. One night while on his way to speak at a benefit he wrecks his car and loses the use of his hands. After using up all of his resources financial and otherwise, he finds out about one last place he might be able to heal his hands. When he goes to Nepal he finds much more than he bargained for and learns the endless possibilities of the multiverse. First thing first here I'm not going to talk about the controversy surrounding this film in this post. That being said there is a lot to like about the movie. Once again Marvel does a very good job with the casting of the film. Benedict Cumberbatch does a very good job as Dr. Strange, if you have seen Sherlock on BBC America or Netflix then you know he can pull off arrogance and charm in equal parts. Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are well cast as The Ancient One and Baron Mordo respectively. This movie flat out brings magic to the MCU. It is called magic from the beginning and how they explain it makes sense for the movie. To say that this movie is visually stunning would be an understatement. Hence, why I said earlier watch it in 3D, everything pops out and it is a trippy experience. If you thought the microverse in Ant-Man was trippy wait until you see the many different places of the multiverse. The action, while not as intensive as say Iron Man or Captain America, was done in such a way that was interesting. All the fights involve magic mixed with martial arts so it makes for some interesting visuals from an action point of view. Oh and let me say this before I forget, the cape of levitation is my favorite character in the movie. Watch the movie and you will understand completely. Now there are a few things that I didn't like with the film and they mostly center around the villains. Marvel movies for some reason just have lackluster villains. Its really a shame too because in this case Mads Mikkelson does a good job they just don't spend enough time with his backstory. Another thing has to do with the humor. If you have been following me you know that I like humor in my super hero story telling but I hate constant one liners and jokes during tense scenes. With this movie it wasn't as bad as Avengers 2 but a couple of scenes that would have been tense scenes were lessened because of some of the lines going on in the scene. I mean its a super hero movie we know the good guy is going to win but at least keep tense situations tense. To be fair there are only about two scenes that are like that but it is worth bringing up.
Your standard super hero movie. This movie runs a little under two hours and is paced very well. The visuals are amazing and while there are a couple of really violent scenes, they are either done for comedic purposes or it happens completely off camera. There are two after credits scenes, one during the mid credits like normal and one at the end that sets up a possible sequel.
You should know that this is getting a FULL PRICE from me. It will be interesting going forward to see how Strange will fit in Infinity War as he does have access to one of the Infinity Stones. Also the mid credits scene does set up something for one of the movies coming out in November of next year so it will be interesting to see how that plays out as well. Have you watched the movie? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments below.
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