Dr. Strange a Must-See On the Big Screen

by Parker Montour

“You’re a man looking at the world through a keyhole. You’ve spent your life trying to widen it. Your work saved the lives of thousands. What if I told you that reality is one of many?” [1]

Doctor Strange is a 2016 Marvel film directed by Scott Derrickson. In this movie Doctor Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, works as a neurosurgeon until he undergoes a life changing accident, ruining his entire career in the process. Strange can no longer can work as a surgeon and spends all of his money trying to heal himself. Strange meets a man by the name of Jonathan Pangborn who “magically” healed his paralysis. Pangborn sends Strange to Kamar-Taj where he learns the mystic arts in a hope to heal his own injuries.

“I very much enjoyed Doctor Strange,” said senior Chara Roberts. “The special effects were phenomenal and the acting was great. I’d definitely recommend seeing it in theaters. The loud audio and large screen helped you really see the amount of detail put into every scene.”

“My favorite part was when Doctor Strange went into the Dark Dimension with time and kept on dying and returning just to annoy Dormammu,” said freshman Lea Roberts. “I found it comedic, because even a powerful god can get extremely annoyed like the rest of us.”

Not only was Doctor Strange a good story line, but the visual effects were phenomenal. The Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)  is well put together and by far the best graphics in not only a Marvel movie, but any movie this year. They used aspects of magic and religions to create this universe and everything in it. Each spell lit up and had its own design. The buildings bent together to create an illusion. “As we here at Vulture have said, the CGI in Marvel’s latest are among the best of any film in the past 15 years, seamlessly merging human figures with reality-warping landscapes and objects that feel hallucinogenic without looking hokey. Cityscapes fold in on themselves while heroes and villains slide along skyscraper walls; miniature wormholes open up, taking people from one gravitational locus to another.” [2]

The stories aspect of magic is like no other in the film industry. Magic is not some fickle thing that you can create out of thin air. Any one could learn “magic” but few can harness it. Magic is not fairy dust — magic, in this storyline, is pulling energies from other realities. Magic is merging realities into one and bending it to your will.

Doctor Strange is a definite must see for 2016. Cumberbatch plays a fantastic Steven Strange and his use of dry humour and facial expressions work perfectly to portray Strange’s feelings to the viewer. You feel for him and want him to succeed. If you do not go for the plot, see Doctor Strange for the graphics, they do not disappoint. There are also two short scenes at the end of the movie. One is at the end of the film, after a few credits and another is after all of the credits are finished, so stick around and wait to the movie’s magical conclusion.


[2] http://www.vulture.com/2016/11/what-inspired-doctor-stranges-visual-effects.html