“Doctor Strange” is the latest movie put out by Marvel Studios, which has had an incredible track record for their movie ratings so far in my book. This movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Imitation Game), Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer), Benedict Wong (The Martian, Prometheus), and Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, The Vow).
The main premise of the movie revolves around Dr. Steven Strange who gets in a car accident one day causing him to lose all the tissue in his hands. This makes him go bizzerk and make his girlfriend feel uncomfortable. Eventually he is taught mystic arts by The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton, all while hoping and waiting for his hands to heal.
Let’s get one thing straight and out of the gate, this movie from a visual standpoint, is spectacular. Alongside “Warcraft,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and the remake of “The Jungle Book”, this movie contains some of the best effects I have seen all year. Seeing all of the spells on screen was pretty neat looking, there was a lot of Inception-esque effects throughout the movie that was pure eye candy, and the portals made something out of fantasy look realistic if that even makes any logical sense. Combine that with one of the most epic IMAX 3D experiences I’ve ever seen then you’ve got a visual spectacle! Also just a reminder, I would tell you to go out right now just to watch this in IMAX 3D, but when I put this review up, there won’t be much time left to go see it in that format due to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” coming out this Friday, so if you want to see it, check for tickets right away, and if they are still available, good for you!
As I mentioned before, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dr. Steven Strange and you can believe that Strange is an actual neuroseurgeon in this movie. It’s not like you’re watching one of those movie jobs where the character gives no coherent explanation on what they are supposed to do. The movie does a very good job on showing specific details visually.
Rachel McAdams plays Christine Palmer, Strange’s girlfriend. Her relationship with Strange was buyable and I have to say McAdams did a fine job with her role. Later on in the movie when I see her is probably the best part with her in the movie because McAdams does a good job of making her character look afraid when the time is right. Not to mention Strange’s dialogue throughout the scene I’m talking about is pretty funny too.
Tilda Swanton plays the The Ancient One. First of all, I’d like to say the opening scene with her fighting was visually stunning and that itself was worth the IMAX 3D ticket price. Second, her role as Strange’s guide throughout his training was believable and was interesting to see progress during the movie.
The next character I’m going to talk about is a highlight of the movie to me. Specifically, Wong, which ironically is played by Benedict Wong. He is very stoic throughout the movie and I thought it worked for his character in the beginning and I thought it was one of the best parts of the movie. There’s this one scene where Strange and Wong are getting to know each other and it is clear that Wong lacks emotion. Possibly one of the only ways this would have been funnier is if Doctor Strange actually happened to be Deadpool. There is also one point where Strange wonders if Wong has a sense of humor whatsoever, which also was a highlight for me.
Speaking of humor, the amount of humor in this movie was something I did not expect while walking into it. Sure, Marvel movies have been funny in the past, and I remember tons of scenes and lines of dialogue that have been gutbusters to me. Although based on the trailers of this movie I was expecting the movie to go down a much more serious route than some of their past films. Just about all of the humor worked and I remember it well throughout the first and final act. By the way, I won’t go into detail, but I feel the need to spit this out. Once Strange says: “I’ve come to bargain,” s*it gets real fast. It’s hilarious yet serious at the same time and it works.
I would also like to remind everyone that if they want to know about what is going to come up next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they must stay for the credits, and when I say that I mean stay for the WHOLE THING. Don’t leave halfway through because there is one credit scene a few minutes in, then there is another one at the very end. I will admit I actually almost forgot when seeing this movie, I guess this is what Comic-Con does to you… Oh yeah, by the way I went to Rhode Island Comic-Con over the weekend and I saw this while I was there. As of now I have no intentions of blogging about it but we’ll see what the future holds.
In the end “Doctor Strange” had a great story with spectacular visuals and I wouldn’t mind seeing it again. It doesn’t matter if I wait for the Blu-Ray or if I just go see it in the theater again because overall I enjoyed the movie and it was definitely worth the IMAX 3D ticket price. Also for the record, let me just say right now I’m not being paid to say that, I’m an IMAX fan in general and I think this represents a good example of what Hollywood IMAX 3D movies should look like. I’m going to give “Doctor Strange” an 8/10. I mentioned before that I went to Rhode Island Comic Con recently and if I were to blog about it, you’d see a post about it up on here soon, however I don’t have any intentions to do that but if I do change my mind a post will be on here not too long from now. If not, I’d like to thank Billy Dee Williams, Brianna Hildebrand, Johnny Brennan, FYE, whatever the name of that store was that gave me that LEGO Batman poster, and Gal Gadot for everything you’ve done for me at this convention and giving me a great experience. Thanks for reading all of this and stay tuned for more reviews. Scene Before is your click, to the flicks!