Disclaimer: I was not paid or asked to do this review. I paid for the item myself and was not reimbursed for this post. I did this purely to share my experience with you, my readers!
I am a full-fledged nerd, a geek in some moments, and a total dork when I am around certain things. I am an owner of comic books, memorabilia, and everything in between. One of my guilty nerdy pleasures is to see the superhero (or anti-hero) movies when they first come out. I have been to my fair share of midnight showings or Sunday morning showings (best time to go in my opinion). If someone asks me to choose between the DC Cinematic and Marvel Cinematic, then I simply say both; they each have their merits. So when it came to watching Doctor Strange, I couldn’t pass up the possibility; especially since I saw an early bird screening today and was only charged $7 (excluding concession of course!).
To get ready for the holiday season, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has this brought the fire with Doctor Strange. It is centered on a neurosurgeon who has a tragic accident and is looking for a cure to his problem:
Marvel's "Doctor Strange" follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Written by Marvel
(Spoilers to follow)
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Doctor Strange and fits the mold of superhero with a problem and a sense of humor. The ultimate question is can he hold his own with the likes of Downey’s Ironman and Evans’ Captain America? Yes he can. I think he will be a great addition once we see him on the big screen with the rest of the Avengers. Though I feel like he will have the screen timing of Bettany’s Vision not because they are both British, but because of the significant power they bring to the team.
The story is very easy to follow and there are quite a few Easter eggs to interestingly with the rest of the Marvel Universe. If you listen to the description of a patient recommended to Dr. Strange while he is driving, it specifically identifies Don Cheadle’s character War Machine. Even with the big bad you wonder if he is tied somehow to Thanos (the big bad coming up in Avengers: Infinity Wars) because of how he wants to destroy worlds and take over the universe. Especially after Benedict Wong’s character Wong mentions that the amulet that Dr. Strange wears has an infinity stone located within it.
Does the story fall short? Yes. There are disconnects between Dr. Strange’s mystical life and his regular life, but are easily filled with humor and a female co-star/love interest by way of Rachel McAdams. She is easily the Jane Foster (Natalie Portman’s character in the Thor movies) of the Doctor Strange movies, that being said, Dr. Christine Palmer (McAdams) can hold her own among the superhero types and is definitely not a lady in distress. The movie also hurries along the back-story of the antagonist, Kaecilius (played by Mads Mikkelsen), and more of the why he went to the Dark Dimension; other than he wanted more power and live forever.
Now on to the good part…the after credit scenes. There are two this round and they really allude to future crossovers within the Marvel Universe but also another Dr. Strange movie. The first scene comes about mid-credits and features Dr. Strange and Thor. There is some heavy banter and comedic usage of Strange’s power, but the very lasts lines allude to Dr. Strange being a main contributor and what the storyline is in Thor: Ragnarok. At the very end we see a catalytic character to the main movie being hunted/killed by Mordo (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor); who goes rogue at the very end of the movie due to a conflict of interest. His line “There are just too many sorcerers,” sets up for future Dr. Strange movies, which makes me happy.
Do I suggest this movie? YEAH! I suggest to hit an early showing this first week or even a Sunday morning showing, especially if you go to a movie tavern (can we say Mimosas?!). No matter what time you go, you will have a great time and if you are into nerd culture and what has been building up in the Marvel Universe you will have the best time.
Stay beautiful my fellow nerds!