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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Doctor Strange


Wow!  My head hurts—in a good way.  After watching Disney’s/Marvel Comics’ Doctor Strange movie I felt as if I stepped into an issue drawn by Doctor Strange co-creator Steve Ditko.

The visuals, character designs and overall look of the film reminded me of Ditko’s incredible work on the series back in the early 1960’s.

Throw in a little Gene Colan, Frank Brunner, Marshall Rodgers and Paul Smith art touches and you have the perfect cinematic realization of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme in all of his psychedelic glory.

The movie follows the genesis of the character fairly faithfully with a few surprises sprinkled in for good measure.

Doctor Stephen Strange, a brilliant surgeon and egomaniac, suffers a debilitating car accident that renders his hands unable to perform surgery.

Distraught, distressed, depressed and desperate the Doctor seeks to find a cure for his hands.

Out of desperation he travels to the mystical realm of Kamar-Taj in hopes of a cure.

What he finds instead is his destiny.  After a shocking and eye-opening introduction to the realm of magic, Doctor Strange soon becomes the disciple of the Ancient One (now a woman) who tutors him in the ways of the supernatural arts.

Soon Strange finds himself in a time/dimensional altering conflict with dark forces that threaten to merge the world of magic and reality into one ruled by the dreaded (Aw, that would be telling!).

Doctor Strange the movie is tour de force of powerful acting (especially Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange), mind-altering visual effects, impressive sets, and spot-on costumes that combine to make a compelling story. 

Doctor Strange fires on all cylinders.  Diehard Doctor Strange fans are sure to love this movie as well as those who are fans of the Marvel cinematic universe.

The Bu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack extras include a plethora of featurettes about the making of the film, Marvel Studios Sneak Peeks and much, much more!

“By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!’  You’re sure to love this film.