Review of Marvel's Doctor Strange on Blu-Ray2:11 PM
I am going to be totally honest when I tell you that I'm a huge superhero fan. And yet, after last year's run of movies, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. There was so much mega-action in the newest Marvel movies (including the hours of bashing, crashing, and adventure in Civil War). It was great, but I was also longing for a good genesis story again. The release of Doctor Strange didn't disappoint.
I settled in to watch this with my whole family on Valentine's night, when the digital copy became available for purchase (I was given a complimentary copy to review from Disney/Marvel). As with most PG-13 films, I'm a bit wary to watch with my kids as young as 3 and 6, but Marvel has had a great track record of passing my suitability standards. This film was mild in the language, and the violence was more supernatural, which made it easier to digest for some reason.
The story follows the beginning of Doctor Strange, as he loses his gift of being a brilliant surgeon after a cocky car ride turns deadly. He walks away (barely) but struggles with who he is now that he lost the control of his doctor hands. When he learns that a man in his neighborhood beat the odds and regained the ability to walk after being paralyzed, he follows the same path to discover a power that few have the discipline and drive to pursue. This is where it gets "strange."
There are many superhero stories that encompass "supernatural" powers and origins. This movie does it in such a lovely way that I feel anyone with just about any belief system will enjoy it. In addition to some peril and chase scenes, a bit of well-done violence, and super-pithy lines that only Cumberbatch can deliver, there is the inclusion of one of my favorite actors of all time in the mix. Mads Mikkelsen plays the bad-guy -- and he does it so well.
Did you know that Mads was a Dane (like me?). He's been a fave ever since I fell in love with him in Casino Royale. I was so happy to see him make an evil comeback and deliver such a complex character to the Marvel film. I hope to see him again soon in something!!
Usually, at the end of a movie that lasts over 90 minutes and includes so much action, I'm ready for it to be over. Maybe because I'm a book person, and I can only absorb so much at a time. But Doctor Strange left me wanting more -- and in a good way. I felt satisfied with the ending, but wanted more of the character that left such an impression on my heart. In this film, we've only begun to see what he can do, and I hope that means sequels, sequels, sequels. (I just hope there is enough brilliant pacing and dialogue in future films. Crashers and bashers are great, but witty banter takes all with the superheroes I love the most.)
Check out Doctor Strange on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD today. Or snag the combo pack and get all three. You will not be disappointed!!
|Doctor Strange concept art (via Marvel Studios)|