For someone who literally never looked at a Marvel comic book, I've been thoroughly sucked into that world by the movies. Though obviously the creators' first love is the comics, I think they're aware that many in the audience don't know the backstory of all these characters, and the movies are thorough enough that the background knowledge isn't vital. I really enjoy the movies, and the actors, who seem never to make a misstep. I found Benedict Cumberbatch perhaps an unlikely superhero, but quite convincing. As usual, there's a fair amount of humor, and great special effects.
This is a fun Marvel movie. I read the comic books in the 1960s and I like this adaptation. Benedict Cumberbatch is superb as Doctor Strange. Strange was a brilliant but cocky neurosurgeon with a huge ego. He is injured in a car accident and his hands are mangled. He ends up in Nepal desperate for a cure which will allow him to resume his surgical career.
There, he meets the Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton, who is a guru/sorcerer. Strange becomes a sort of monk/follower and learns to move between dimensions. Like Tony Stark, Strange discovers humility and develops special powers which allow him to manipulate time and matter. While being taught by the Ancient One, he decides to use his abilities for the greater good. This is an entertaining movie with an excellent cast. It also makes a refreshing change of subject matter for superhero movies. The special effects are spectacular.
So, we got the Marvel Universe in film and then we got the Marvel Cosmic Universe in film. It was finally time to introduce fans old and new to the other Marvel world...the Marvel Magic Universe. Once again the best way to do it...make a movie about a not so popular Marvel character. Now I always knew about Doctor Strange but, I never read any of the comic books so of course knowing that he was going to be the next hero introduced into the MCU I was curious. Once again...not a ground breaking film but, a fun and entertaining look at a brand new cinematic super-hero. Benedict Cumberbatch definitely did a great job as Doctor Strange, he was intellectual, pompous, arrogant and curious. The journey through this film is unlike any of the previous Marvel characters along with a very different origin story. The reveal of the Marvel Magic Universe in this film only scratches the surface of what is actually out there but, the film definitely makes you eager for more. There is a great supporting cast including Rachel McAdams, Matts Mickelson and Tilda Swinton. However the highlight for me is definitely Benedict Wong as Wong, who is going to show up with a much bigger role in future Marvel films. This film also furthers the story of the Infinity Stones and seeing the power that the new one possesses only made me more excited for Avengers: Infinity War. The issues I had was the fact that the villains once again like in most MCU films were very underdeveloped and weak. Especially knowing how powerful a magical entity like Dorumamu is to be resorted to an overused lame joke is horrible.
Either way, this is a good watch, it is amazing to look at and a very curious chapter in the MCU.
I thought the 2D version of this movie was amazing when I first saw it, but now that I have the 3D version there’s no comparison. Whoever did the graphics in this movie deserves an Oscar. Brilliant presentation of 3D which makes this one of the best 3D movies ever put onto a disk. This one movie makes it worth the thousands I spent on my LG 65” OLED!
If you have seen most of the Marvel Universe films, and have reached "Infinity War" without seeing "Doctor Strange", then you're missing the backstory on one of the most important characters in the movie storyline.
Dr. Stephen Strange is a brilliant and gifted -- and of course, obnoxiously arrogant -- world-famous neurosurgeon. One night, he has a serious accident in his car, one that should have killed him (don't use your onboard computer system and drive, kids!). His life is saved, but his hands were crushed. Doctors put his hands back together, but he is plagued by nerve damage and a tremor in his hands, and physical therapy isn't doing enough for him, so he begins to seek alternative forms of therapy, expending his life's fortune as he tries to claw his way back to his profession.
His search leads him to the mystical temple of Kamar-Taj. Not surprisingly, Strange is frustrated by the pace of learning that is presented to him, and he chafes impatiently at his teachers' guidance, too focused on returning to his life in New York City to see the opportunity that is being offered.
Strange eventually plays a key role in the "Infinity War" storyline, so it is worth watching this film just to understand his role in that, as well as his appearance in the "Thor" movies. But it also stands alone as an entertaining entry in the MU.
First the basics. The version I purchased (new, via Amazon Prime) arrived promptly and in perfect unopened condition. Both the DVD and Blu-Ray discs work perfectly. (Haven't used the HD Digital yet). Now,...for those of you who might be getting tired of all of the testosterone-on-steroids overkill that Marvel Studios has been cranking out,...this movie is NOT one of those, fortunately. This actually has a story, great acting, (how could it NOT with Benedict Cumberbatch? Everyone else was great too, though...), poignancy, and even a lot of humor. IMHO,...Tilda Swinton (who plays The Ancient One) is over the top great in this movie - equal in character and stage presence to Cumberbatch. This movie has a similar story to other movies, (Batman Begins, e.g.), and like many other films, draws on archtype characters that have appeared in many other series and movies, (e.g., the Ancient One is the Master from "Kung Fu", etc.) and it uses visual techniques and CGI that obviously have evolved from other movies, (e.g., Inception). However, this movie was still highly artistically creative and a lot of fun - and doesn't insult one's intelligence. Highly recommended.
This is really a different sort of Marvel character, and portrayed expertly by Benedict Cumberbatch. Tidla Swenton was also compelling, and she supported the story line in a convincing way. It is a whirlwind of excitement with a sense of urgency from start to finish.
Okay, that was some wild s*%t! I grew up with comics back in the 60’s along with the Marvel cartoons and Stephen Strange never was on my radar. Considering that I’m not a big Benedict Cumberbatch fan either my expectations for “Dr Strange” were pretty low. Having finally gotten around to seeing this MCU debut for the good doctor I have to say it was pretty great.
Stephen Strange, M.D. is a gifted and arrogant neurosurgeon who lives an enviable life until he wrecks his sports car driving while distracted and ruins his hands. He hits rock bottom, pushes away his gal pal (Rachel McAdams) and travels to the Himalayas seeking healing. This whole journey and what follows is reminiscent of Bruce Wayne’s in “Batman Begins” and Strange winds up getting more than he bargained for. There are lots of mind-bending CGI special effects and a script full of astral projection, space-time continuum mumbo-jumbo but the action is top-notch, there are amusing comedic moments, and a satisfying conclusion.
Cumberbatch does an excellent job capturing the essence of the narcissistic but damaged doctor and owns this character in the same was Robert Downey Jr. does Tony Stark. The support cast is strong with Tilda Swinton as the Yoda-esque “Ancient One”, Benedict Wong as sidekick “Wong” and Mads Mikkelsen as the evil Kaecilius, Strange’s fate looks bad at the end of “The Avengers: Infinity War” but I’m sure he’ll be back and fans will be looking forward to it.
DO YOU LOVE MARVEL? Did you enjoy Dr strange? NO!?!! then get out of my house, who are you anyway? YES? then you want this movie, but more importantly, DID YOU LOVE DR STRANGE MORE THAN THOR? NO? what sort of crazy pills are you taking? stop taking them and love Dr. strange, have a Dr.Strangelove!! buy this Blu-Ray and watch it over and over again it is strangely good. AND it has Bellini Cumbersome as the title role!!
TLDR: it is Dr strange form the MCU, and the Blu-ray worked in my blue-ray player
Not sure why I liked this so much. Pretty good action and good special effects. They always seem to sneak some pretty good humor into these avengers series. I liked that he was so skeptical and arrogant and got a huge dose of seeing is believing. Some of the special effects were kind of strange and hard to understand what was supposed to be happening, but that doesn't detract from the story line at all. All in all, good fun and good escape.