“You think you know how the world works. You think this material universe is all there is. What if I told you the reality you know is one of many?”
- What is this movie about?
A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
- Why should you watch it?
Another Marvel movie! And as always, this movie is in for a good show, which is what we are expecting, otherwise we would be watching a DC movie. Plus there is Mr Cumberbatch, so silence please.
In this movie we are presented with a new Marvel superhero, maybe not that well-known as others, but after watching this movie we won’t forget about him ever, ever again. In addition, we will wondering when is he going to appear: Thor Ragnarök? Avengers: Infinity War? Spiderman Homecoming!!??
The story is interesting, different from the previous Marvel ones. There aren’t weapons or shootings here, but magic, inner power; which is good for a change, and more mysticism, which is really appealing for western people. The way the story is told is pretty good: the path is agile and there is nothing that feels like has been added just to fill time. The performers are all big name actors and actresses, all familiar faces which delight the audience with their characters, but of course, he who steals the spotlight is Mr Cumberbatch. No one would play better Dr Strange than him and we sincerely hope that he will appear in more movies to come.
But the main and most important actors of this movie are the visual effects. Something absolutely breathtaking and that cannot make you look away from the screen. If Matrix was a before and an after, this one could be a another milestone in visual effects history. If you ever thing about forces and mystic around you this might be a way to imagine them that is for sure working out.
A movie for Marvel lovers and for newcomers. It is entertaining, it is funny and it provides some inner thoughts, plus there is Cumberbitch, so go watch it while we wait for the next Marvel one!
- Did you know?
– Chapter Two of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
– Doctor Strange’s creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko based his appearance on Hollywood actor Vincent Price; the character even bears the middle name of Vincent.
– In the comics, the Ancient One is an old man; in this film, the Ancient One is played by a woman. This was a deliberate decision as Scott Derrickson felt the Ancient One was a title rather than a person.
– Near the start of the movie when there is a wide shot of the Manhattan skyline, you can see Stark’s Avengers building.
– The fourteenth film to be released by Marvel Studios for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
– The Cloak of Levitation is portrayed as being sentient in the film. This came from the Doctor Strange comic “The Oath”.
– In designing the Eye of Agamotto, creator of Dr. Strange Steve Ditko drew inspiration from the real world charm The All Seeing Eye of the Buddha, known among the Buddhists as The Amulet of Snail Martyrs, a Nepali symbol meant to protect its wearer from evil.
– The filmmakers defined the use of magic was based on dimensional travelling and shifting. “We didn’t want magic to simply be people throwing and blocking bolts of lightning; this is the ability to tap into different dimensions and pull aspects of those dimensions into our realm.”
– First Marvel Studios movie to feature the new Marvel Studios logo/fanfare composed by Michael Giacchino at the start of the film. Michael Giacchino also scored the rest of the music of the film. Previous Marvel Studios films featured the original logo that can also been seen in other Marvel movies such as the X-Men series. This logo was sometimes accompanied by the fanfare composed by Brian Tyler, which was first heard in Thor: The Dark World.
– Originally the film was to feature a prologue set in CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, aka the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and would feature a discussion on parallel dimensions. The filmmakers felt this was too scientific for a magic-based story, and removed it.
– The casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One was particularly controversial and drew accusations of whitewashing, as the character is portrayed as a Tibetan man in the source material. However, one proposed reason for the change is that a movie featuring a Tibetan character will not be acceptable in China, which has become a very important foreign market. So the deviation from the source material was probably to not hurt the movie’s box office chances.
– Due of the popularity of the Marvel films, Rachel McAdams had a change of stance and became interested in appearing in any of the MCU films. Unknowingly, she was the first choice for the role of Christine. McAdams was also previously approached by Jon Favreau as the first choice to play Pepper Potts in Iron Man but she declined.
– There are two end credits scenes. One after the initial animated titles and a second at the very end.
– The 4 previous infinity stones (Tesseract, Aether, Orb, Scepter) spell out TAOS. The time stone is called the Eye of Agamatto, but Dr. Strange wears it as a necklace. This makes the stones spell TANOS. This implies that the final infinity stone will start with a H to complete the spelling of THANOS.