Best of the Week: Doctor Strange

Out of the six movies that I watched this week, I wasn’t sure whether I should pick Sing Street or Doctor Strange as my favorite of the week, but considering that two of those six films I watched were both Doctor Strange, I simply had to pick this, although I love Sing Street like crazy. You can read my full review of Doctor Strange right here, but if you don’t want to read the entire thing, these next short paragraphs will be an excerpt and a summary of my review!

Doctor Strange is the newest film to enter the beloved and rapidly expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe- and this film is by far the most ambitious, the most groundbreaking, and easily the most unique film I’ve seen in some time. I love the MCU and (almost) all of the films it contains; they usually meet my high expectations, and rarely am I disappointed in them. However, almost as rarely do they far exceed my expectations, and Doctor Strange is now another film to join that extremely short list. This film contained more than everything I wanted to see it in, and just about everything that I did see in it, I loved. The characters sold me, the story hooked me, the visuals floored me, and the entire movie blew me away every chance it got. In this story, we follow Stephen Strange, a very successful and famous surgeon who works with his crush, Christine in the hospital. When he is in an accident that takes away the use of his hands, he tries everything to fix them, but when all Western medicine fails, he heads East to Asia in order to try to solve the problem. What ensues is a superhero origin story full of magic, excitement, romance, and everything else one could ask for from a superhero film.

There are a few flaws that almost every Marvel movie is now notorious for having: a bland villain and a bland love story. Some will undoubtedly disagree with me, but I would say that this trend has broken with this film. The relationship between Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Christine (Rachel McAdams) was one that I easily got behind after awhile- this relationship didn’t pretend to be some Disney love story (just kidding, I love Disney’s love stories): it was tough and challenging and I actually liked when the characters interacted together. Never did I feel out of the loop of what was going on, and the exposition of the ideas, notions, and practices that we see in the movie (and there is a lot of exposition) was handled expertly and inclusively. The marketing for this film was just as prominent as the other MCU films, yet I felt that I knew a lot less about the movie going in than I did about, say, Civil War or Age of Ultron. I don’t want to say much of anything about what happens in the story as I’ve been fairly general up to this point, and I think that not knowing much is the best way to go into this film.

So, overall, I would say that Doctor Strange is one of the strongest blockbusters I’ve seen in the last year for many reasons, such as the visuals, story, characters, and even romance, which surprised me. I highly and honestly recommend this movie and I would give it a solid 8/10 and a green recommendation! If you’ve seen this, what did you think about it? If you have yet to see this movie, do you think you will end up seeing it soon? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I don’t think of myself as a movie reviewer, I’m just a movie fan who loves to talk about movies, so please let me know what you think! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!

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