Doctor Strange: Not as Strange as it Looks…


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Katie Billington, Reporter

“Doctor Strange” was an action packed and fascinating movie that lured me into a world of alternate universes and people who can bend the laws of physics.

After the talented neurosurgeon with an ego that seems to challenge that of Iron Man, Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), loses the use of his hands in a tragic car accident. Strange then devotes his time, and the remainder of his money, on trying to fix his hands with surgery after surgery. At long last, it appears Strange will never be able to set foot in an operating room again. After his countless attempts fail, Strange then turns his back on medicine and science to seek out more mystical help. He travels to Kathmandu, Nepal, where he finds himself under the teachings of the Ancient One, (Tilda Swinton), a mystic who introduces Strange to a secret world of mysticism and alternate universes. Soon, Strange is fighting off evil forces that threaten to destroy the world as we know it, all the while having to battle his own ego and learning humility in the process.

“Doctor Strange” has proven to be distinctly unique from the usual pattern that arises from most of the Marvel superhero movies. It is a fresh change to see that a sorcerer joins Marvel’s arsenal of archetypical science driven superheroes. Though, there was still plenty of the action-packed fight scenes that have come to be the trademark of all the Marvel superhero movies. It always had some type of excitement that is sure to keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. There was never a boring moment in the plot of “Doctor Strange” due to the fact that it kept progressing from one plot point to another and was always progressing as a story.

Since “Doctor Strange” is one of the lesser known comic stories in the Marvel universe, I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. Now that it has been thrust into the spotlight, I think that it was a great success with incredible effects and the Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). The visuals themselves were, for lack of a better word, stunning and just a little bit trippy. The CGI used in the film builds on the storytelling and the ultimate feel of the film which, after it was over, left you wanting there to be more. In the mirror dimension, where the magic of the characters won’t affect people or things in the real world, the characters use it to further develop their abilities or to contain the effects of their abilities. In this dimension, the buildings break apart and move in ways that are similar to the movie, “Inception.” “Doctor Strange,” due to the otherworldly special effects and the the constant excitement that was incorporated into the storytelling, was absolutely thrilling to watch.

Rating: 5 out of 5