Step into a world where one simple man, Doctor Strange, can make you question if everything you have known to be true is actually reality. Marvel’s new movie, Doctor Strange, has not only been a hit at the box office during its first few days out, making over 85 million dollars, but also a hit with avid movie critics, a few who claim that this is one of the best cinematic creations they have seen since Jurassic Park, for its time period, of course.
Based around the original Marvel comic’s plot, the movie is about what happens when neurosurgeon, Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), gets into a tragic car accident and then must learn to put his ego aside to discover the secrets of a hidden vortex of alternate dimensions and mystical endeavors. Based in Greenwich Village, New York City, Doctor Strange must learn to act like a liaison between the real world and what lies beyond it, using his metaphysical abilities and knowledge of ancient objects to protect the Marvel Universe.
The movie is a hit among many young movie goers from the ages 12-18. They have declared the movie a perfect representation of what Marvel Comics are like, and that once you have seen the movie, you “can never un-see the possibilities of what might be out there.” However, not all viewers have had the same reaction, including one twelve year old who claimed that the “plot was developed too fast” and that more time should have been dedicated to the actual development of the character. Others thought that the movie was generic, boring, and a “cookie cutter” representation of Marvel’s movie making abilities, meaning that it has the exact same plot as all of the other films, just with a different superhero protagonist.
Some fans seem to like the cookie cutter aspect, in a sense, because many commented on how Cumberbatch was able to capture Marvel’s ability to make fun of itself indirectly by poking fun at all the characters and their powers; similar to their last movie, Deadpool, starring Ryan Gosling.
All in all, Doctor Strange is a movie one has to see for his or herself to get a full opinion on it, because the world does not seem to have a straight and narrow answer, but then again, rarely is there ever one.
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Genre: Action, Science-Fiction
Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton,
Rating: PG-13 (For sequences of violence and action, language, and cinematic effects)
Running Time: 1 hour and 55 minutes