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8 November, 2016

Doctor Strange Delivers Groovy Good Medicine

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Doctor Strange gets 4 1/2 out of 5 pops

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Some will argue that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become formulaic when it comes to their plotlines.  They have also be criticized for usually offering underwhelming musical scores. Although Doctor Strange is not necessarily breaking new grounds with either plot or score, it most certainly does fill our eyeballs with a visual feast that is alone making this movie worth seeing.

Allow me to mention that I a be biased toward this character having been a Doctor Strange fan since I was a teenager. I liked magic; Strange performed magic; I liked comic book heroes, he’s a comic book hero, I had black hair, he has black hair.  As a kid, I was intrigued with a character that fought battles on other planes of existence.  I had high hopes for this film and feared that maybe those expectations were too high and I prepared myself to be let down somewhat. My primary concerns were:

-How will they deal with the idea of introducing “magic” into the Marvel Universe?

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

-How will they visually handle the multi-verse?

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-(This one may seem petty) What will his costume look like?  Will it be cheesy?

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Doctor Strange Delivers Groovy Good Medicine

My fears turned out to be unwarranted. The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) explains the ‘mystic arts’ in a way that we buy into easily. The words “magic” and “spell” were each only spoken once as I recall.

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Jay Maidment..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) Photo Credit: Jay Maidment..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

In the comics Strange did a lot of floating around in weird, trippy realms fighting giant villain creatures with weird names like Shuma-Gorath. What I feel is the strongest aspect of this movie are the amazing visual effects. There are some things here you’ve never before, I promise. The effects are being compared to those in “Inception, literally ” and you will note the comparison when you see it yet Doctor Strange takes them to an entirely different level.  What makes them even more intriguing is that director Scott Derrickson keeps the otherworldly scenes flowing at a pace that gives you just enough but leaving you wanting a little more.

 

As a rule, other than Batman, I tend to have a problem with superhero capes. Capes bother me, okay? Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) looks like he walked “mystically” out of a comic book.  He was a perfect choice for the role.  They stayed true to his comic book “look,” and it works here for several reasons. 1) Cumberbatch’s acting chops bring weight to this character. 2) The cape isn’t just a “cape”, it has a life and a will all its own.   Also, several of the film’s funniest moments involve the cape but no spoilers here.

As a life-long Doctor Strange fan, this movie gave me everything I hoped for and more.  I gave it 4 1/2 “Pops” instead of 5 because of some of the usual Marvel formulaic plot concepts.  Don’t let that stop you from going.  It’s a fun film and a great one to take your kids to.  I only caught one or two swear words and they weren’t anything your middle-schooler hasn’t already heard.  Also, there’s no sex and the violence is what you would typically expect from a Marvel film.

Stay Groovy,

The Pop of Culture

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