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Doctor Strange is similarly unique, deviating just enough from the cookie-cutter Marvel pattern to become its own living, breathing, thrilling thing – wait until you see his Cloak of Levitation, his encounter with the Dark Dimension, and the fight scene on the streets of New York that melts into a kaleidoscope of melting images scary enough to haunt your nightmares. Through it all, there's Strange, a character that Cumberbatch catches in the fascinating act of inventing of himself as a new sorcerer supreme. Stick through the film's final credits and you'll see a bonus scene that suggests Strange inching into the world of the Avengers. But for right now, Doctor Strange creates its own world. And it's a badass beauty.Click here to read the full review
Aesthetically, Doctor Strange is a good movie, one of the strongest in the Marvel canon thus far. But is it a good movie? A movie suitable for you or your family? That depends on where you see the fold.Click here to read the full review
Parents need to know that Doctor Strange is a bit different than other Marvel Universe movies, since it presents a sorcerer as a superhero. At the start, the main character (Benedict Cumberbatch) is arrogant and selfish, but he slowly learns humility: to better himself and to think of others. Frequent comic book-style action violence includes large-scale destruction, a brutal car crash (the result of texting and driving), bloody wounds and scenes at an operating table, and a terrible fall from a height, crashing through glass. There's also martial arts fighting, fighting with "magical" weapons, a beheading, and other brief, scary stuff. A couple is said to have been in a relationship, and there's a mention of "sleeping together." Language includes one "s--t," two uses of "a--hole" and an "ass." The doctor is an unusual, but very entertaining, member of the superhero club, and the movie's mystical elements provide food for thought as well as fun.Click here to read the full review
Ordinarily, Dove has no problem with fantasy stories as long as they don’t venture into the Dark Arts and Occultism. Unfortunately, this film takes the subject a step too far. There are frequent mentions of “spells” in the film. Doctor Strange follows the advice of The Supreme Sorcerer and engages in astral projection, which is clearly an occult practice. He uses it as a device to travel to other places and times. We are withholding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal due to the dominate reference to, and use of the occult. The content listing provides more details under “Other.”Click here to read the full review
Grade: A Rating: PG-13, 130 minutes In a Nutshell: Cheers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for introducing another interesting superhero to the Big Screen. I had never read the comic books, so I was curious to learn what Doctor Strange was all about. I'm now a fan. This fun origin movie plays with the space/time continuum and other dimensions that will blow your mind and entertain you long enough to help you forget this election season that has just as many punches and blows. Uplifting theme: Physical body vs. spirit. “Who are you in this vast multiverse?” – The Ancient One “It’s not about you.” – The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) “Death is what gives life meaning, to know your days are numbered…your time is short.” – The Ancient One Giving up the things of this small-minded, self-centered world for a better one. Things I liked: Benedict Cumberbatch. Boom. I love that his character is passionate about learning and improving himself. Cumberbatch offers the perfect mixture of arrogance, intelligence, physicality, and humor. I love that Stan Lee is in every Marvel movie. If you blink, you’ll miss him in this one. He’s sitting in a bus reading a comic book and says, “That is hilarious!” ha ha If you really want to get the most out of this movie, you need to see it in 3D. Fun visual gags and a good amount of cheeky humor show that Marvel has learned to poke fun at itself. Cool, glowing weapons made out of fiery energy fibers. Awesome. Impressive slow-mo car accident. I broke my fingers and knuckles several years ago and could relate to Doctor Strange’s pains in his hands. Sometimes I still feel it. They did a great job on scars and wounds on people’s bodies. Everything looked realistic, not like movie make-up. I loved the Marvel label intro with all of the characters at the very beginning of the movie. This is already one of the Marvel movies I'm going to need to see again. As an author, I thought the bookshelf where they stored the special books was really interesting. “Feel so Good” by Chuck Mangioni in 1977. I used to love that song. There is other good music in the movie too. Interesting fight sequences like you’ve never seen before. Think Avengers meets a Salvador Dali painting with elements of the movie "Inception" and "The Matrix." Tilda Swinton looks amazing and is perfect as The Ancient One. Using a woman to play this role, which is a departure from the source material, was controversial, but she is fantastic. The Cape of Levitation is its own character that seems self-aware. Excellent. You HAVE to keep watching after the final credits roll. I love Rachel McAdams in everything she does. There are some extremely picturesque set pieces and real life locations. Fantastic movie poster and trailers. Things I didn’t like: Sometimes the CGI looks like a video game. There is a lot of grumbling, so you can’t always understand what everyone says. I’ve never taken drugs, but this trippy film kind of makes me feel like I have. I wish the training sequences had lasted longer. Most of the humor works, some not so much. Funny lines: “People used to think I was funny.” – Doctor Strange “Did they work for you?” – Wong “Have you seen that before in a gift shop?” –The Ancient One “Just how experimental is your treatment?” – Doctor Strange “Quite.” – The Ancient One “Doctor.” – Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) “It’s Strange.” – Doctor Strange “Maybe. Who am I to judge?” – Kaecilius “What’s this?” – Doctor Strange “The WiFi password. We’re not savages.” – Baron Mordo Interesting lines: “You want to know what I see in your future? Possibility.” – The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) “Why are you doing this?” – Stephen Vincent Strange “There are other ways to save lives... so much you don’t know.” – The Ancient One “Teach me!” – Stephen “Stephen Strange. Might I offer you some advice? Forget everything that you think you know.” – Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) “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?” – The Ancient One “This doesn’t make sense.” – Doctor Strange “Not everything does. Not everything has to.” The Ancient One “There’s a strength to him, but is he ready?” – Baron Mordo “We never defeat our demons, Mordo. We only learn to live above them.” – The Ancient One “What is real? What lies beneath your senses?” – The Ancient One “Some things just can’t be fixed.” – The Ancient One “The cost there is high.” – Kaecilius “How much?” – Doctor Strange “I’m not talking about money.” – Kaecilius “Time is what enslaves us.” – Kaecilius Tips for parents: Violence, fighting, some scary images. Ask your kids if they can explain the significance and symbolism of Doctor Strange's wristwatch.November 5th, 2016 · Details
What Works? The casting—controversial in that a Caucasian woman (Swinton) portrays the Ancient One, a departure from the comics—is nevertheless hard to improve upon. Cumberbatch sparks during his early scenes as the title character, while those unfamiliar with the comics will have a hard time hereafter imaging anyone else but the always charismatic Swinton as the Ancient One. What Doesn't? No amount of special effects wizardry can keep the finale of yet another Marvel movie from running out of steam long before the credits roll. And while I found this film enjoyable in terms of pacing and visual inventiveness, it seriously troubled me to see so much Eastern mystical practice (not just theological discussion). I was taught that such stuff is, frankly, occultic, and it's probable that the content here is going to bother a significant percentage of the Crosswalk audience.Click here to read the full review
It will come as no surprise either that the greatest content concerns in this movie are the depictions of violence. It doesn’t seem to matter how sophisticated the superpowers are, the story still typically boils down to people being hit, thrown, punched and stabbed with a variety of weapons (supernatural and otherwise) and an occasional fist. More exotic offensive tactics include being cuffed or whipped by fire-like bands of energy (the sparkly stuff mentioned earlier), crushed by buildings that fold over each other like a pop-up book (reminiscent of the special effects in Inception), trapped in parallel universes and a character who gets bricked into a wall. These frequent physical altercations are enhanced with sound effects. As well there are some explicit depictions of surgical procedures and injuries that are accompanied by ample blood. Fortunately, the script offers some positive messages too, which may have some parents considering this action flick as a possible viewing choice for teens. While I have no idea what this protagonist’s comic book legacy reveals, within the confines of this movie Doctor Strange demonstrates desirable growth in the areas of sacrifice and service. These messages are reinforced with reminders of the benefits of looking outward and seeking to help others, rather than dwelling on narcissistic tendencies and self-preservation. Depending on your perspective, other elements of this film may or may not be appealing. For example, Dr. Palmer demonstrates love and forgiveness toward her friend, yet she could also be accused of enabling his bad behavior and allowing herself to be a target of his verbal abuse.Click here to read the full review
If they ever give a Best Supporting Prop Oscar, it should go to Doctor Strange’s Cape of Levitation, the most endearing magical implement/sidekick since Sorceror Mickey’s brooms in “Fantasia.” And if they ever give out a Best Superhero Movie Producer and Sustainer of the MCU, the lifetime achievement version should go to Kevin Feige, who has once again figured out just the right balance between consistency and distinctiveness, between action and wit, and, perhaps the most difficult hurdle, between magic and superpowers. “Doctor Strange” has a superb cast, a witty script, and some knockout special effects.Click here to read the full review