Doctor Strange Film Review From Someone New To The MCU
I had the honor to be part of a 25 blogger team to see Marvel’s Doctor Strange as part of the #DoctorStrangeEvent press trip a few weeks ago. I am probably one of the 6 people in the universe that did not grow up reading Marvel comics. I was reading book as a child, they just weren’t comic books. In researching for this press trip I came to discover the absolute LOVE and OBSESSION Marvel fans have for these stories. The passion is real and it is fierce. I knew what I was asked to see, share and who I was asked to interview was to be entered into with great care and respect. Here are my take aways from seeing Doctor Strange for the first time from the perspective of a person new to the MCU. *Marvel Cinematic Universe….for those who are new to the lingo, like I was.
I don’t know what I was expecting but there was a whole lot less blood in Doctor Strange than I was expecting. The film is about a surgeon, his genius skills and how is arrogance gets in the way of it all. I thought for sure we would be seeing more operating room scenes or dramatic surgeries as part of the set up of the story. But it wasn’t so. The film has a PG-13 rating so I was thinking there would be more blood flowing in the streets than there was. That being said there was dramatic footage of the damage Doctor Strange’s body, face and hands took after the car crash scene but it was realistic to what I would think a car crash victim would look like. If you have sensitive kids or would be sensitive to PTSD when it comes to car crash injuries you should know that Marvel does and EXCELLENT job of the realism of the injuries.
Also be aware that in an early scene it is implied that someones head gets cut off. You don’t see the head being cut but it is strongly implied and the scene ends quickly.
Incredible Visual Effects
I wish there was a bigger, more impactful word than ‘incredible’ to describe the visual effects that you will see in Doctor Strange. Feel free to insert your own fabulous word but the effects are Ah-Ma-Zing. First off, you MUST see it in 3D. It is a must. I am one that gets a little woozy after watching a movie in 3D after a bit, but that is because my eyes are old and I have a sensitive stomach. But it is WELL WORTH it to see Doctor Strange in 3D. The wooze will go away but the impact of the visual effects will stay with you well after have left the theater.
I know that Scott Derrickson listened to a lot of psychedelic rock while writing Doctor Strange for the screen but, MAN, are you sure it was just music that inspired these effects?! If you are a fan of Steve Ditko you will see technology bring his vision and art to life in a way that only Marvel could.
The tech side of me wants to know how it was done, how long it took for each frame to render but the movie lover in my wants to just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the end product. Every time I run into someone who finds out I have see Doctor Strange they want to know ‘Is it good?’ I tell them that in my opinion it is the THE most visually stimulating film of 2016, if not the past decade. But I want them to see for themselves. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.
Humor and Social Nods
I have learned thought talking with Marvel fans that there is little quips, jokes, cultural references and social nods in Marvel movies. Doctor Strange has them too! I don’t want to give them away but keep your eyes and ears open for them. They happen at the height of drama or in other unexpected places. I am sure the more times you watch Doctor Strange the more you will find these little Easter Eggs of goodness.
Without giving away important parts of the movie, I want you to pay attention to the story telling of the movie. There are underlying messages of good, selflessness and repair in this film. I think these are all lessons we all need to be learning and implementing in our lives. Even though my kids are under 13 I will let them see Doctor Strange just for the messaging. (and the visual effects) They see so much negativity in our world I want them to see something positive come from an action film.
I was told when I was going on this press trip that even though I wasn’t a huge Marvel fan, I would be one by the time I left on the plane ride home. They were right. I am seeing what so many marvel fans have been experiencing for decades. Count me in your numbers!
Marvel Studios Teams Up With Save The Children to Raise Fund Through Hero Acts
Marvel Studios has a very exciting announcement! With the help of Fotition, Marvel fans can upload a photo of themselves in their favorite super hero pose and Marvel will donate $5 to Save The Children. This activation runs through the end of 2016 or until fans have uploaded enough for Marvel to donate one million dollars.
Hear from Benedict Cumberbatch himself:
Marvel Studios will donate five dollars ($5) to Save the Children. Up to U.S. one million dollars, for every fan who uploads a photo of themselves in their favorite Marvel hero pose. Marvel Studios is collaborating with Fotition, a new social change platform, to power the experience on a brand-new website MarvelStudiosHeroActs.
Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE is in theaters everywhere on November 4th!