Dr. Strange…

You’ve probably never heard of him until now and if you have you probably weren’t all that excited for this movie. I mean, c’mon, it’s not like it’s The Avengers or the newest Batfleck flick (say that ten times real fast). Regardless of what you know about the character, Dr. Strange should be on your watch list this fall. Here’s why…

Within the first 15-20 minutes you know you’re watching something special, something unique. Benedict Cumberbatch shines in his role, capturing all the humanity and conviction that beats in each one of us–which makes his transition into an incredibly talented sorcerer capable of wielding powers beyond our understanding strangely believable despite the suspension of disbelief the audience must undertake. He brings us into his world and we don’t want to go back.

Visually the movie is absolutely mind-blowing. One of the prominent themes of the film is to question everything you’ve ever known and you will do just that as you’re thrust through multiple universes, parallel realities and the vast space-time continuum with groundbreaking visuals that inspire the artistically minded and inoculate the aesthetically inclined with pure wonder. In short–the movie is well–strange. Go figure, right? I can’t quite explain all you’ll see…I’ll let the beauty speak for itself

What I liked most about this movie was that it was highly philosophical. This isn’t a typical beat-em-up explosion-fest. There are an abundance of metaphysical and epistemological quandaries that present themselves through the film that the viewer is free to answer for himself or just let them pass under his radar. I would caution you–Dr. Strange is a petri dish of philosophical thought–there’s quite a bit of Eastern Mysticism coupled with Judeo-Christian and pragmatic viewpoints throughout that one must discern through in order to get a proper understanding of what is being communicated through the themes of the film. But the lasting principles found in the movie are phenomenal reminders of the meaning of life and the paradox of time.

Conclusion…                                                                                                          

Overall this movie got just about everything right. It has just the right amount of action, is incredibly stimulating visually and intellectually, and is directed with assurance, conviction, and a strong sense of realism even though it is dealing the lofty and seemingly unattainable themes.

Rating 9/10

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