Marvel’s latest movie, Doctor Strange, has hit the cinema! Our Tech Guru was at the premier. Here are his thoughts on the film.
Comic book movies are all the rage at the moment, and understandably so.The state of the planet makes us feel like we need a superhero to save us from all of this unpleasantness.
Marvel To The Rescue
The biggest issue with superhero movies though is their unnecessary dependance and overuse of CGI.Marvel's Doctor Strange is another movie which uses tons of CGI. In this case, however, it not only works, it's justified.Doctor Strange is the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a centre for healing, but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange - armed with newly acquired magical powers - is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status. Or, leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.That's what Marvel's press release says about the movie, and while it's all true, the movie itself is far less formulaic than it sounds.
The first noticeable change is the actor playing The Ancient One. In the comic books, this character is male while in the movie, the character is played by Tilda Swinton. Many purists were not at all impressed with the choice of actress. But, on screen, Swinton proves all naysayers wrong with her intelligent, witty portrayal of a rather enigmatic character.When on screen, you notice that Swinton's acting skill is all about subtlety. She brings nuances to her character with minor changes in facial expressions and even minute changes in posture.Swinton's character, the Ancient One, is portrayed as a force for pure goodness. But, towards the end of the movie, you start to wonder whether all is as it seems.
The Ancient One tells Stephen Strange to forget everything he knows. This cosmic mantra of letting go and opening yourself to the deeper mysteries and connectedness of the universe permeates the entire movie. This might upset people with more stringent religious beliefs, but rather accurately reflects a growing global feeling that we are all connected through a higher power.Strange's ultimate battle is not one of overcoming his physical ailments, but is instead one of overcoming his limited idea of himself and his place in the world.
Overall, Doctor Strange is a movie that beautifully combines impressively lush graphics, spirituality and incredibly witty moments which feel natural and unforced.Is it worth watching? Definitely.The running time of the movie is 1 hour 55 minutes, which passed by in a blur of pure entertainment.We recommend watching it in IMAX 3D, or even 4DX.Also, make sure to stay until the very end for two special scenes.