Joel’s review of Doctor Strange (2016)

The day before we left for Jamaica, the kids and I went to go see Doctor Strange, the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel EjioforMads Mikkelsen,  Tilda Swinton, and Rachel McAdams. Doctor Strange is a major character in Marvel Comics. He’s the Sorcerer Supreme, fighting the magical enemies threats to our world. He’s also been a member of the infamous Illuminati, a secret group of our favorite major superheroes making decisions on behalf of the superhero world. Which isn’t  good, but it’s not important in this conversation.

The film is very similar in tone and key plot points as the original Iron Man (2008) film. (Gosh, I saw that film eight years (and five jobs) ago in Philadelphia.) Anyway, remove the technological elements, and replace them with mystical ones. He’s a rich arrogant playboy who is injured, gets his comeuppance, and has a change of heart. It’s still an entertaining movie, especially if you’re a Doctor Strange fan. It doesn’t have too much to do with all of the prior films, which I think is a good thing. The visuals are good, the villain Kaecilius (played by Mads Mikkelsen) wishes to bring the Earth into the Dark Dimension for his own nefarious ends. Doctor Strange, the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton). and the others must stop him.

We saw it in IMAX 3D, and that didn’t disappoint.

Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor Strange (2016)

Afterwards, the kids messed around at the theater a bit, then we rushed home to get on with our day, get to a church event, and get ready for our Jamaica trip!

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