Sunday, November 20, 2016
Mini-Review: Doctor Strange (2016)
In this review of Doctor Strange there will be spoilers. So if you haven't seen the movie stop reading now and go see it before continuing.
One thing about the visuals is that they were amazing. I am extremely happy to have seen the movie in theaters because of them. Some movies it doesn't really matter whether or not you see it on the small screen: Doctor Strange is not one of them.
If you are able to see Doctor Strange in theaters you should. No question about it.
This might be why Stan Lee is holding The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley in his cameo and laughing at it. The book is about Huxley experimenting with certain drugs.
The Christopher Nolan film played up the dream aspect with some stunning visuals. However, that movie kept the dreams as close to reality as possible. There were some scenes where what was happening could never happen in reality, but it was mostly balanced. Doctor Strange, though, saw what Inception had done and turned it up a few notches.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Stephen Strange as another variation of Sherlock Holmes. Doctor Strange has a little arch over the film. Actually a few different minor ones. First is that he goes from not believing in 'magic' to fully embracing it. He also goes from being selfish, the Ancient One even comments he became a surgeon for less than honorable reasons, to dying over and over to protect Earth.
He wouldn't have become a sorcerer if he had only driven safely, though. I mean...yeah...
I like that the Ancient One is given a little bit of complexity in Doctor Strange. Her using the dark dimension, something that is forbidden among sorcerers, is what leads Mordo to abandoning the sorcerers. She doesn't like using the dark dimension but feels that sometimes certain rules need to be broken for the betterment of all.
Mikkelsen, as always, is a welcome presence on screen and makes a very fine villain.
In the Post Credits scene he reveals himself to be a villain in the future. He has decided that there are 'too many sorcerers'. So happy times all around.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) explains the more magical elements as having a basis in science. In the first Thor movie, the title character basically says that science and magic are the same thing. So that could be said to explain away the odd things that happen in Doctor Strange.
However, there didn't seem to be a direct quote in the movie about how things are actually happening. When the Ancient One first talks to Doctor Strange her replies seems to be more about appeasing him than telling him the truth.
*should be seen in theater
*3D isn't needed