The following is a review of the recently released Marvel Studios film, ‘Dr. Strange’
I will attempt to write this review without spoilers, but viewing the film prior to reading this review is still recommended.
First, I will say that this film rendition of Marvel’s resident sorcerer supreme is quite beautiful to look at. The visual effects, although slightly frail at times (barely noticeable) are still vibrant and mesmerizing. The look of the film has a very accurate feel, based on what I’ve always imagined a Dr. Strange film to look like. The scale is positively overwhelming and excusably so, considering the subject matter is magic, and therefore should be limitless.
The film has a tone to it that Marvel fans of both the films and of the comics are accustomed to. The well timed and well executed moments of humor are exactly what we were brought up on, as readers of the comics. There’s a light tone, but also a very thought-out darker tone that peeks in ever so often.an excellent mixture given the amount of real-life skeptics who will also view the film.
And finally, the story. As a nearly lifelong Marvel reader I always rush to a Marvel Comic based film, just to see my favorite characters brought to life on the big screen. My only major desire when going to see one is that the filmmakers stay as true to the source material as possible. I don’t mind them staying so-true that it becomes predictable, I just want the “accurate authenticity” if you will. This film and it’s story, as far as my knowledge of the Strange canon, is about 80 to 85% accurate. The character is closer to 100% accurate, in my observation.
One thing that I loved about this film, is my recognition to some of the information introduced to Strange. I’ve read some of Manly P. Hall’s work, and hearing some of what he spoke of in his books, in this film, was gratifying.
On a scale of 1 to 10: This film gets an 8.5 from me.