I guess it’s a thing now that movies that premiere on Friday actually come out Thursday night. No complaints there. It’s how I ended up seeing Doctor Strange today instead of tomorrow when it actually comes out.
I had planned to see it, because hey I like Marvel, but I hadn’t actively been following the movie or finding out things about it. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised just how much I enjoyed it!
Doctor Strange is the story of a man called… Doctor Strange. Big spoilers oh boy. He’s this hot shot surgeon who is very smart but has no people skills and is played by
Sherlock Holmes Alan Turing Benedict Cumberbatch. Type casting? Noooo.
Then Dr. Strange gets into an accident that leaves him with shaking hands – aka no good for being a surgeon. After exhausting his options in Western medicine for healing his hands, Dr. Strange decides to try the more *mystical* Eastern medicine. Eastern medicine is really just magic, so Dr. Strange learns magic. And then there are bad guys and some fight scenes. It was a reasonably formulaic origin story movie, but let’s be honest Marvel has figured those out and knows how to rock them.
There is also a lot of trippy bending of time and space. I was worried from the trailers that this would just be used to look cool, but they tied it into the story well and didn’t overuse it. The CGI effects were actually really neat and I loved the way they visually portrayed magic.
I’m not going to go into it in detail because others have written about it at length and been more informed about the topic than I am – but I have read that Tilda Swinton’s character of master guru/ sorceress in the comics is not a white female, but an Asian man. Was it a little strange that there weren’t all that many Asians in this mystical temple in Nepal? Yes. But in the end it wasn’t so bad that it stopped me from enjoying them movie (unlike some films I’ve seen…).
This movie was a lot of fun. I went in thinking it would be kind of dark, but instead Marvel delivered an action packed movie with a lot of humor. If you enjoy fantasy/ trippy sci-fi/ superhero movies, I would definitely recommend it.
Stay magical readers!