Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is the latest film in the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, and it is an awesomely trippy movie with some of the best effects I’ve seen. Doctor Strange follows how Stephen Strange becomes one of the most powerful sorcerers in the world. There will be some spoiler thoughts about the film in the second half, but I’ll be sure to say when.

So, to start with, I saw the movie in IMAX because I heard the effects in this were out of this world. And they were. The movie has some of the most awesome background scenes I’ve seen. Everything is in motion and totally weird. The effects are so fun and trippy.

Of course, a movie can’t survive on the effects alone, no matter how good they are. But Marvel knows what they’re doing. They have the Marvel formula of making things fun with some jokes, not taking themsevles too seriously. But then they also know how to hit the serious parts.

Perhaps the early parts of the movie goes a bit too fast, but I also think if they lingered on the training aspect of magic too long, things would start to get boring. Later on, once the action starts to get going, everything plays out really well.

The entire climax part was amazing. I’ll go in more about it later, but it was an awesome series of scenes all around.

The characters, too, were all done well. Doctor Stephen Strange showed a lot of pain all while keeping his attempts at humor intact. Christine Palmer was pretty good. She didn’t appear much, but she was important every time she did so. The Ancient One is good all around. Mordo’s cool. Wong’s great. Yeah, everyone does their role well. Marvel knows how to cast and characterize.

The main antagonist of the film (not even going to bother trying to spell his name) was cool. I’m not one of those people that thinks Marvel needs to make their villains more complex. If they’re going to be around for more than one movie, sure, but movies are different than comics. Movies can’t have a super long run time, and this movie needs to set up Doctor Strange first. While they could have given more time to the main antagonist, I understood his motivations enough that it wasn’t overly necessary. I like him the way he is.

Really fun movie with great visuals all over. Yeah, it’s an origin story, but not one we’ve seen before. And I’m fine with the main antagonist.

Now for some spoilers.

For all those complaining that Marvel villains needs more depth, you’re getting it. For readers of the comics, you probably already know Mordo will be the bad guy. This movie shows why he’s becoming the bad guy. And come on, the guy’s name is one letter away from Mordor.

I just want to point out the effects of the movie again. That hands growing out of hands thing was wack.

And the final battle was amazing. Instead of destroying the city, the city’s already destroyed and it’s getting built back up! And that has a lot of dangers too as stone is flying back into place. It still looks great and is really inventing.

The final showdown with Dormammu is really dark if you think about it. I mean, whoa. It works, but Doctor Strange really went all out there. And it also shows just how powerful Dormammu is while still letting Doctor Strange save the day.

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