Movie Review – Doctor Strange

Preston, England
November 28, 2016 1:52pm CST
I made the most of my first weekend off work to go to the cinema to see a movie – my first since arriving in Preston. Spoiler alerts – 2016 A terrific addition to Marvel’s comic book movie additions with one of my favourite of all their heroes, Doctor Stephen Strange. We see him first as a Dr House style arrogant egotistical brain surgeon, reducing his medical staff to changing the MP3 tracks rather than passing a scalpel. His hand smashing car crash changes everything. Strange, frustrated by the medical profession he has served, turns to Eastern mysticism and ends up learning a whole martial art of Tibetan dimension jumping, time bending and sorcery but such power comes at a terrible price. The special effects are genuinely breath-taking and I think anyone watching this while stoned is really going to freak out. Stan Lee even gets a riff on that as he laughs out loud while reading Aldous Huxley’s LSD study The Doors Of Perception, oblivious of the occult war raging round him. Inception is probably the film that got closest to the world folding that goes on here. There is a lot of great humour too, especially with Strange’s cape developing a personality of its own, and Tilda Swilton gets most of the best lines. There are two post credit scenes, one mid-credits and another right on the end. There are also some real innovations. Instead of a fight that destroys a city, we get one fought as the ruins of a city (Hong Kong) trashed off-screen, is reassembled around the combatants. Strange’s closing tangle with Dortmannu, also played by Sherlock star Dominic Cumberbatch, is reminiscent of the Doctor Who long way round trip to Gallifrey. The film also neatly avoids the corny loud yelling of the spells seen in the comics themselves. A great movie and a far cry from the 1978 version of the story made for whatever spare change the production crew had on them on the day – there is a trailer for that here on Youtube Arthur Chappell
Dr. Strange Trailer 1978 Director: Philip DeGuere Starring: Jessica Walter, Peter Hooten, John Mills, , , Official Content From Universal Studios Home Entert...
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@teamfreak16 (42009)
• Denver, Colorado
28 Nov 16
Haven't seen it, but sounds like I need to watch it while I'm stoned.
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• Preston, England
28 Nov 16
it has some very dizzying parallel dimension head trips @teamfreak16
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• Philippines
28 Nov 16
i just recently got interested with Marvel cinematic universe films and tv shows. i think i have watch most of the Marvel films that has been released for the last 5 years. i am religiously watching a couple of Marvel TV Shows now..
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• Preston, England
28 Nov 16
@therealmaryyy some are better than others - Agent Carter is my favourite of the Marvel TV series, Agents Of SHIELD is good too
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• Philippines
28 Nov 16
@arthurchappell i am watching the flash, supergirl and agents of shield
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• Philippines
28 Nov 16
@arthurchappell ohh yes i remember they are based on DC characters. A new tv show called DC's Legend of Tomorrow is also based on that. But i'm not familiar with the rest that you've mentioned.. X-Men is one the very first Marvel comic series or film?
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29 Nov 16
This was a good film. It always makes me laugh when people jump out of their seats as soon as the credits start playing, especially when seeing a Marvel film ... do they not know the rules!?
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• Preston, England
29 Nov 16
@Poppylicious I always stay through the credits of every movie I go to see
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30 Nov 16
@arthurchappell We do, too. My Mumsy does as well, but her reasoning is a little different ... all those people put the effort in behind the scenes and she acknowledges that by reading all their names, even when she watches a film at home!!
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• Preston, England
30 Nov 16
@Poppylicious I do read the credits too - not just waiting for extra scenes - some information can be interesting and often the soundtrack is great - Doctor Strange ends with a Pink Floyd Score - very in keeping with its astral graphics
@Ronrybs (7908)
• London, England
28 Nov 16
Think I shall give this one a miss, not that keen on Marvel, so I can wait until it is on the box. Only saw Guardians of the Galaxy the other week
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• Preston, England
28 Nov 16
@Ronrybs I liked Guardians Of The Galaxy
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@Ronrybs (7908)
• London, England
28 Nov 16
@arthurchappell I have watched it twice, so better than most films. I've never read the comics
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• Preston, England
28 Nov 16
@Ronrybs many are well worth reading
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@amadeo (75534)
• United States
28 Nov 16
will give it a shot.Maybe Too many marvel out there to keep track of
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• Preston, England
28 Nov 16
@amadeo I have missed a few too lately
@JohnRoberts (64862)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Nov 16
I have been on the fence on this one as I am tiring of endless Marvel movies and TV shows.
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• Preston, England
28 Nov 16
@JohnRoberts there were trailers for the next three before this one was screened
@RasmaSandra (20312)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Nov 16
Not quite my kind of movie but the trailer does make it look interesting.
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• Preston, England
28 Nov 16
@RasmaSandra the trailer above is for a 1978 version of the Dr Strange story - the new film is considerably better
Watch the brand new trailer for Doctor Strange starring Mads 'Hannibal' Mikkelsen and Benedict Cumberbatch! ? The Latest BLOCKBUSTERS are HERE ? https://goo....
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@BelleStarr (39719)
• United States
28 Nov 16
I don't go to the movies often but this sounds like one that would be worth splurging on.
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• Preston, England
28 Nov 16
@BelleStarr very much so yes
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@Fishmomma (11446)
• United States
5 Dec 16
I enjoyed the movie, as mentioned in my review of this movie. Tilda Swinton was really great plan to check out her other roles. If somebody is looking for a movie to see that likes Marvel, then see this one. It was worth the price.
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@egdcltd (7077)
30 Nov 16
I enjoyed it. I had been waiting a while for this film, now that we finally have the technology to make decent fantasy films.
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@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
29 Nov 16
there we go, I hoped you reviewed it, I do wanna see this.
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@JudyEv (136523)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov 16
Glad you enjoyed the movie. I think I might give it a miss..... but I'm pretty staid in my choices. I'm sure others will love it.
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