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Doctor Strange Brings Magic to the Big Screen

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Strange things are happening in November, and there is nothing more mystical than the hit movie, Doctor Strange, that premiered on November 4.

Starring popular actors, like Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the movie is sure to be a huge hit among fans.

The special effects are absolutely stunning, and it is indeed one of those rare movies worth seeing in IMAX. The overall story is excellent when compared to other origin stories found in Marvel movies, and the characters are enjoyable, all having their own strengths and flaws. In other words, the movie is definitely worth seeing in theaters.

Doctor Strange poses with his newfound powers in promo images. Photo from Flickr.

Doctor Strange poses with his newfound powers in promo images. Photo Courtesy: Flickr

Though the movie is yet another triumph for Marvel Studios, it has its flaws. According to some fans, the end is a bit rushed, but it assures that the titular hero will be returning in future Marvel films.

The climatic ending where Doctor Strange faces off against the ruler of the dark dimension, Dormammu, is a bit insignificant and could have been more intense. Even after Doctor Strange finished confronting the evil being, we don’t know how Strange truly got out of the situation after Dormammu agreed to stop destroying Earth.

Senior Zach Robinson watched Doctor Strange with his friend and enjoyed the overall effects and story of the movie, but agreed that the ending was a bit unclear.

“I think it was a really good movie. It was very interesting. The only part was that it kind of fizzled out at the end and ended too quickly,” said Robinson. “There could have been more to the ending, a little more drama, a little more action. The special effects were good. Every part of them was awesome. The part where the car crashed was an awesome scene.”
The special effects are definitely the biggest achievements for the film, and the fight scenes where the characters shape reality has a very interesting touch as well. Even the part where Strange is cast through several different dimensions by The Ancient One is incredible.

“[The Ancient One] was just really fun. She just looked at Doctor Strange and just knew a lot of things about him, and she was very skeptical about him. She was one to learn more about him, and it was funny when she dropped him off on Mount Everest,” said Robinson.
Not every Marvel fan has seen Doctor Strange yet, but many are still looking forward to seeing it.

Doctor Strange performs new forms of magic to fight off against the antagonists of the film. Photo from Flickr.

Doctor Strange performs new forms of magic to fight off against the antagonists of the film. Photo Courtesy: Flickr

Senior Sharon Nelson has read some of the comics and wants to watch Benedict Cumberbatch play out the role of Doctor Strange.

“[I’m looking forward to] watching Benedict Cumberbatch act just because I follow him wherever he goes and I’ve read some of the comics, and [the movie] looks really awesome. I kind of know what’s going to happen in the movie because I’ve read the comics, so I’m wondering if they’re going to follow that storyline,” said Nelson. “It looks awesome. Especially how technology has advanced so they have all of those [special effects] going on, like during when he was walking on the building.”

Cumberbatch has starred in other popular films and has played antagonistic roles such as Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness and Smaug in The Hobbit. Cumberbatch is also famous for playing Sherlock in the BBC series Sherlock, co-starring Martin Freeman as Watson.

So far, the film has earned good reviews and continues to remain at the top of the charts.

“I’ve heard a lot of good reviews. I think yesterday it hit its five hundred million mark and it’s been the top rated movie for three weeks,” said Nelson.

Doctor Strange, with its incredible special effects, is a movie worth seeing in theaters and is definitely worth seeing in IMAX for a marvelous experience.

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