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Dr. Strange ties philosophical questions to action

November 16, 2016

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Infographic by Linnea Phillips

A new Marvel movie brings about the feelings of excitement that a child gets when opening a birthday present. They have no idea what to expect, but they know, no matter what it is, they are going to enjoy it.

Marvel is the champion of introducing interesting story lines and characters from their incredible comic books to the big screen. Dr. Strange is no exception. When it was announced that the Dr. Strange comics were being made into a movie, chaos ensued. People became crazy with excitement at the prospect of the wacky doctor finally coming to life.

Dr. Strange is a series of comics about a doctor who is injured in a car accident and loses the use of his hands, after trying and failing to use traditional medicine to help himself he turns to a holistic treatment and begins to develop strange powers and new responsibilities. This movie is a wonderful new take on the classic superhero story of a terrible accident bringing new powers and opportunities.

Entertainment Weekly writer Chris Nashawaty said,”When you strip away the Secrets of the East mumbo jumbo and psychedelic special effects, Doctor Strange is a formulaic Marvel origin story, but it’s done with high-IQ wit, all but name-checking the myth of Sisyphus and the kaleidoscopic architectural origami of M.C. Escher.”

Casting choices were vital for this movie, as the wrong actor or actress playing a part could make or break the whole movie. With Benedict Cumberbatch playing the titular role and Tilda Swinton playing opposite of him as “The Ancient One” there’s a slight alien vibe to the characters.

Junior Amelia Torgerson said, “Benedict Cumberbatch was a good choice to play Dr. Strange as he was able to bring the character to life and was successful in showing how his character developed throughout the movie. The other actresses and actors, such as Tilda Swinton or Chiwetel Ejiofor, were also successful in bringing complexity to their characters and adding to the plot of the movie.”

When you strip away the Secrets of the East mumbo jumbo and psychedelic special effects, Doctor Strange is a formulaic Marvel origin story, but it’s done with high-IQ wit.”

— Chris Nashawaty

This movie is on its way to being a fan favorite along with several other recent Marvel movies. Guardians of the Galaxy has been a huge fan favorite and plays in to the larger story of the Marvel Universe, along with other movies like Ant-Man and Spiderman.

Sophomore Hannah Sween said her favorite movies are, “It’s a toss up between Guardians of the Galaxy and Age of Ultron. Chris Pratt is hilarious but I also love Ultron.”

Dr. Strange is a great movie for people of all ages looking for something interesting that makes you think. Tying in all the factors of the philosophical questions of the universe and time, it adds cool action scenes with unique perspectives to make for a very original movie with a great story.

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