Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Doctor Strange on Blu-ray


I finally had the chance to see Doctor Strange in the movie theater. Although I've been a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch for several years (I'm totally addicted to BBCs Sherlock), I wasn't sure what to expect from this Marvel Superhero movie. I have to say, I loved it. Caution: Spoiler Alert!

Doctor Strange is one of the more unique Marvel characters. At the beginning of the movie, he's a brilliant, yet overconfident, neurosurgeon. Things quickly change when he's in a car accident that causes massive nerve damage in his hands. At first, he seeks solutions from conventional Western medicine. Once he's exhausted all options, and driven away the only person who cares about him, he hears about a rather unconventional miracle which can only be found in a hidden place called Kamar-Taj, near Kathmandu.

On the verge of losing hope, Stephen Strange uses the last of his fortune to seek out a cure. When he eventually arrives in Kamar-Taj, he thinks they are too mystical to help him, but he's willing to try. Through long hours, hard work, and the suspension of disbelief, he eventually begins to learn the ways of the Ancient One and her fellow masters. However, when he discovers that he is about to be thrust into the middle of an ancient battle, he starts to question the Ancient One and her teachings.

When he unexpectedly lands in the middle of a fight between those who protect the Earth and those who would see it destroyed, he finally chooses a side. It's here, at the New York Sanctum, that he acquires the Cloak of Levitation, which seems to have a mind of its own, as well as a fondness for Stephen Strange. More battles follow until the exciting conclusion, which I won't spoil for you.

I really liked this movie. The special effects were fantastic and it did a great job of introducing Doctor Strange as a Marvel Superhero. And don't forget to keep an eye out for the Stan Lee cameo. You'll find him riding a bus, reading Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception. And there are two scenes in the credits: one featuring an encounter between Doctor Strange and Thor, and the other showing the chosen path of Master Mordo. Doctor Strange arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on February 28.

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