DR. Strange Review

Dr. Strange, the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, took to the screens on Nov. 4. It follows the story of Dr. Stephen Strange, an arrogant and egotistical neurosurgeon. After he suffers a severe car crash, Dr. Strange is gravely wounded and loses almost all use of his hands. Failing to find a cure in Western medicine, he seeks to be healed by The Ancient One, and is thrust into a world of dimensions and magic while a dark threat overshadows the world.

Dr Strange featured amazing special effects, which was crucial in realizing the disorienting feel of the magic used in the film. From sparking portals to complete CGI environments, the filmed relied heavily on the proper execution of special effects.

Unfortunately, there was almost too much CGI. The movie had a tedious amount of scenes involving folding buildings, which became confusing and took away from the storyline. It also spent too little time establishing the rules of the magic in its world.

One of the best characters by far was Dr. Strange’s Cloak of Levitation, which had a personality and role similar to that of the magic carpet in Aladdin.The Cloak was well executed and had a lifelike and mysterious personality.

The dialogue added more to the humorous element of the movie. The conversations brought in pop culture references to bring the story from the original comics to present day. However, the film missed a golden opportunity to bring in Sherlock jokes, which was a little disappointing.

The plot of the movie was rather linear, preferring to focus on effect rather than story, but it established an antagonist early in the film and kept their presence there throughout.

Finally, the highlight of the end credit scene was a cameo from Thor (Chris Hemsworth), giving a nice light note as an ending.

Overall, the film was very entertaining. It was a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and left me excited for a sequel. 4/5

 

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