Flash Movie Review: Doctor Strange

THOUGH you may not realize it right away, you will receive a gift from the people you meet in your life. You see him sitting across from you, his hand fidgeting with the necklace caught in his shirt button. His voice is lyrical where the words coming out of his mouth sound as if they are building an incredible overture; it is enough for you to think about what the second act could be. You keep catching yourself staring at his eyes while his cheeks continuously swell into 2 ripe plums you want to squeeze. None of it makes sense because you do not know him except for a few emails and one phone conversation that dove below the surface beyond the standard questions about the weather and jobs. The gesture that sent a shiver through your body was the brush of his hand on you as he excused himself to the bathroom. From this point in time the walls around your heart, solidified by the hurt and pain of past relationships, started to spring leaks filled with emotions and feelings. You realized all that was before would not be the same ever again.    HOW about the woman who was rushing down the staircase, trying to catch a train to the city. On the way she bumped into a gentleman, unaware the packet sticking out of her bag caught on a fold of his coat and fell out. She missed the train as if the doors of the train car deliberately knew what they were doing. Standing there trying to catch her breath the gentleman tapped her on the shoulder, presenting her packet to her. She thanked him and was surprised the man referred to them as X-rays. It turns out he was a doctor and wound up through conversations and consultations to be the doctor that successfully cured her. You see, you just never know what you might gain from a stranger.    NEUROSURGEON Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Sherlock-TV), survived a horrific auto accident, but his hands did not. His ego would not let go; he was determined to go to the ends of the world to find someone who could restore the use of his hands. His journey led him to The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash, Snowpiercer). Doctor Strange got something different than what he had expected. This action fantasy followed the Marvel formula though this adventure movie was such a visual trip I felt there was almost too much stimuli for me to grasp everything. With Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Secret in Their Eyes) as Mordo and Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, Hannibal-TV) as Kaecilius, I enjoyed all the characters along with the humor sprinkled throughout the script. I felt the story took a long time during the introduction portion. Once the action finally happened I was a bit disappointed by it. Sure the scenes were visually intense but I felt the action and drama didn’t quite match it. My rating tonight will be heavily influenced by the special effects in this film. Oh and I understood I had to meet this character Doctor Strange because I am going to meet him again in a future Avengers film. There were two extra scenes in the middle and end of the credits.


3 stars



About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 7, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. You were very generous wth your stars…great special effects….bad script…I wanted so much more but I still love Benedict!

  2. Dr. Strange is nothing to new to the English because he was a comic book character back in the 60’s or at least stories of him were. If you listen to the Pink Floyd song Cymbaline just before the chorus in the 3rd verse David Gilmour sings, “And Dr. Strange is always Changing his size” But North America follows North America so it’s all new to everyone over here lol It’s funny how a lot of things are found in song lyrics that make reference to things that become popular later eh? Check the song out sometime it’s brilliantly ambient o the soundtrack to MORE albeit a craptacular film lol and the live versions of the song were absolutely stunning. Cheers

  3. We saw this movie on Saturday. My middle two sons quibbled about some of the changes between the comic books and the movie but they still absolutely loved it. My husband came away saying it was his favourite MCU movie so far. I thought the performances were great and that it was visually arresting. I also liked being introduced to a Marvel character who I had no preconceived ideas or knowledge about.

  4. I’m not a Marvel fan but I love Benedict!!! However I saw the trailers and have a free pair of movie tickets I plan in using for this one, will report back!

  5. Special effects are special indeed.

  6. I saw this on the weekend. Loved it. My granddaughter is a BC fan so knew she would be seeing it. I thought the effects were very good and something I hadn’t seen before. Overall, very enjoyable.

  7. I enjoyed this with my family, but I would have loved to see more with the characters, the humor, the relationships (romantic or not), and less of the special effects and fight scenes. But Oh goodness Benedict Cumberbatch has grown into his looks. It was fun. I’m looking forward to the next one.

  8. Nice review. The movie was nice and the graphics was what blew my mind the most.

    • HI it is a pleasure meeting you. I agree totally, the graphics were crazy. In fact, I may go back to see it again because there was so much to take in. Thank you for the comments.

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