I have to start with a full disclosure here: I didn’t really know much about Doctor Strange when I heard that this movie was going to be made. This character didn’t seem to me to fit into the general Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But if I have learned one lesson from Marvel, it is to TRUST. Time and time again they’ve managed to surprise and amaze me. When I saw the trailer for Doctor Strange I kept thinking it was a re-do of ‘Inception.’ Trust me. It’s not.
This movie is, in a word, amazing.
First of all, Director Scott Derrikson has put together a wonderfully talented cast that seems almost better than these types of movies usually get. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, with a finely tuned American accent was the ideal choice to play Dr. Steven Strange.
The story is about Dr. Strange, who is a quirky and arrogant neurosurgeon, with miracle working talent and an ego to match.
He loses control of his speeding sports car (this is not a spoiler) and barely survives the crash, but loses the use of his miracle performing hands. His brilliant career, now over, he searches desperately for a way to reverse the permanent nerve damage.
He eventually learns of a place called Kamar-Taj, somewhere near Kathmandu, where he learns he may find a cure. It is there that he meets the exotic Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who teaches him the mystical doctrine of some sort of weird science that heals the mind as opposed to just the body. I know how weird that last paragraph just sounded, but remember, we TRUST in Marvel.
Dr. Strange has his mind literally blown, and thanks to the amazing special effects, he is thrown through time and space and we are right there with him. Side note here: if you can, make sure you see it in 3D. I usually don’t care for 3D anything, but in this case, I’m recommending it. I know. Mind blown, right? TRUST.
This film has all the elements of what makes Marvel movies so entertaining. It is necessary, of course, to suspend disbelief, but we are absolutely willing to because Doctor Strange is so much fun to watch.
It’s laugh-out-loud funny with nerve-wracking action. It’s pass-the-popcorn thrilling, as well as quick-make-a-sequel! fantastic.
Also, Marvel fans, stay through ALL the credits. I know I didn’t have to tell you, but again, TRUST.
Doctor Strange opens in theaters everywhere today, November 4th, 2016.
GO SEE IT. It’s magic.