Doctor Strange – Thoughts and Impressions

By XeroCube | November 7, 2016

I had the opportunity to watch “Doctor Strange” over the weekend. As with many of the Marvel movies, I was excited about a new entry to the MCU.

There are spoilers in this review, so consider yourself warned.

This movie is another origin story, this time for Dr Steven Strange. In brief, he’s an egotistical, genius neurosurgeon who’s the best at his position. He meets tragedy when he loses control of his car, careening off road and sustaining massive injuries, including crushing his hands. This starts his journey of trying to restore his body and career back to its peak.

When modern medicine fails, he turns to Alternative medicine, which leads him to the Ancient One, who teaches him quickly that there is more to reality than what he can see. Strange learns the mystical ways, determines there is a villain, Kaecilius, who wants to turn the world over to the darkness. From there, the story moves on to its inevitable conclusion.

The story doesn’t stray much from the general formula of other Marvel origin stories. That’s not a bad thing, as it still works. This movie is fun, exciting, and visually stunning. Echoing what I’ve read in other reviews, this is a movie worth seeing in 3D on the biggest screen you can find. There are many trippy mind-bending sequences, reminiscent of Inception, only turned to 11. The finale treats the audience to a time-bending fight in the streets of Hong Kong and more. It is brilliant and a spectacle worthy of the big screen.

In a change from other Marvel movies, the soundtrack is memorable, thanks to composer Michael Giacchino. This theme has stuck with me far longer than other films, outside of The Avengers theme. Take a listen for yourself:

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All said, “Doctor Strange” is an exciting addition to the MCU. I’m anxious to see how the character is used in future movies (and the mid credits scene gives us a glimpse). I strongly recommend watching this one in theaters!

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