Another cog in the Marvel Universe, I’m giving Dr. Strange an A-.
Doctor Stephen Strange is a world-renowned neurosurgeon who is pompous and conceited. When a car accident permanently damages his hands, he seeks to find a way to regain the use of his hands by any way possible. Finally at the end of his rope, he finds a magical new world in Kamar-Taj in Nepal. With the teachings of the Ancient One, Dr. Strange learns the mystical arts and must save the universe from a Dark entity who longs to take over Earth.
It’s hard to like Dr. Strange. He’s not always very nice and acts better than those around him. Life has always come easy to him and when it finally requires a challenge, he struggles. Benedict Cumberbatch plays him wonderfully, so much so that I wondered where Dr. Strange ended and Benedict began. Snarky with a sense of humor, wit and brains…Did you know that Benedict has always played genius characters?
Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) is an anti-hero who wants an end to suffering for everyone and knows that the Ancient One isn’t all that she shows. However, he makes a bargain with someone who also doesn’t play fair and really, we like our world just the way it is… Sort of like the evil Bond villain Mads played in Casino Royale. Also don’t blink or you will miss the nod to his Hannibal Lecter character!
The mind-bending imagery of twisted landscapes and ladders to nowhere will remind you of MC Escher. I worried the twisting city would cause nausea for me but I did fine, but I don’t recommend it in 3D if you are susceptible. While I’m a huge Marvel girl, I found this movie, good but not extraordinary. And with Marvel, we want amazing.
My favorite part was the first of the two post credit extra scenes. We get to see where Dr. Strange ends up next- with Thor! I was so tempted to stand up and yell at the people leaving before the credits. They always miss the best parts. With Dr. Strange, there are two! And both give viewers a heads up about where Dr. Strange will appear!
A good movie for fans of the Marvel Universe but if you aren’t a fan, you can wait to see it on DVD.
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