The new Marvel Comics film, DOCTOR STRANGE, took in over 85 million dollars during its opening weekend.
That's more than three times what a typical Hollywood movie brings in during its first days in theaters. And I can see why.
If you like superhero movies, you'll definitely like DOCTOR STRANGE.
And even if you don't care for superhero movies, you still might like this one, because DR. STRANGE has good acting, amazing special effects, and clever, often humorous dialogue plus the added appeal of extra dimensions beyond normal reality.
The movie's only problem is that it does everything to excess, and too much of a good thing can sometimes be a bad thing.
Benedict Cumberbatch is Dr. Stephen Strange, an arrogant, superstar neurosurgeon.
Dr. Strange is on top of the world until while texting and driving, his car goes over a cliff and his talented hands are damaged beyond repair.
When he finally understands that advanced science is unable to restore them, he goes to Nepal in search of a person called the Ancient One who somehow restored bodily functions to a man whose spine had been destroyed.
Tilda Swinton plays this combination sorcerer and spiritual guru.
Dr. Strange: I do not believe in fairy tales about chakras or energy or the power of belief. There is no such thing as spirit. We are made of matter and nothing more….
Ancient One: You think to little of yourself.
Dr. Strange: You think you see through me, do you? Well you don't. But I see through you.
(She knocks him out of his body so that we see two of him on the screen.)
This early scene is the first indication that the movie will enter other dimensions, parallel universes, if you will. The mind games and plot twists that follow become increasingly difficult to understand. But the special effects are extraordinary.
Dr. Strange: What did you just do to me?
Ancient One: I pushed your astral form out of your physical form….Through the mystic arts, we harness energy and shape reality. We travel great distances in an instant.
And so Dr. Strange submits to the training that will transform him into a powerful sorcerer in his own right, a hero who will battle villains from other dimensions.
It's a terrific fantasy complete with buildings that bend and fold and twist into shapes I've never seen on the screen before.