Review: 'Doctor Strange' casts it spell (Mania.com)

By:Edward Goodsmith
Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2007

From the DVD Cover:

Enter a world of fantasy and magic- filled with mystical creatures and perils beyond human awareness. Enter the world of Doctor Strange. Peel back the layers of reality and behold a stunning realm hidden beneath. One of magic and wonder. Of sorcery and enchantment. Of ancient spells, secret doors and remarkable heroes who protect us from evil. Because this is also a world of dark mysticism, malevolent forces nd unspeakable horrors. And within the shadows around us, a supernatural war is waged. But the balance is shifting. Darkness is winning. Yet there is hope...

Join us as Dr. Stephen Strange embarks on a wonderous journey to the heights of a Tibetan mountain, where he seeks healing at the feet of the mysterious Ancient One. But before his wounds can mend, Strange must first let go of his painful past and awaken a gift granted to very few. The gift of magic.

Empowerd as the new sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange now tests his limits, rising up against monsters that push at the gates, facing the most terrifying entity humankind has ever known.

This is my first exposure to Doctor Strange, and I have to say I'm impressed. This being a Marvel movie I'm surprised Stan Lee didn't present it, seems he presents every movie they pump out. On a serious note Doctor Strange had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Sure, it has its flaws but those flaws are severely out weighted by the pluses.

I believe doctor Strange to be the most outlandish Marvel character (at least that I've heard of) but that's a good thing, it makes him different, and I like different. We start out right in the action with a monster attacking the streets of an indiscriminate urban city.

This is where Doctor Strange sees something that nobody else does, everyone else sees a tornado, but no Doctor Strange sees the true monster and the struggle between it and a group of sorcerers. I'd hate to give more than that away as I feel it would spoil the feeling of the unknown.

The characters for the most part are filler, you get attached to two or three but the rest are just fluff characters, not meant to invoke emotion on an audience. I found Doctor Strange to be someone I really became close to, his struggle and recovery are something I think all of us have gone through, whether emotional or physically. Don't get me wrong there are a fair bit of hokey lines in this movie that are less then memorable, but all in all strong characters and plot.

As for special features, I'm not going to lie: they suck. My biggest pet peave is shown here, No Friggin Commentary! If you've ever read one of my reviews in the past you'll know how much I love commentary, just because if you have that you can then understand parts of a movie better.

For example if a scene straight forward seems odd to you without explanation you would blow it off as an odd scene in a dumb movie, but if a director or producer or actor were to explain that scene to you and reveal a hidden meaning you could then have a whole new insight on the movie.

The features on the DVD are lame for the most part. First: 'The Best of Marvel Video Game Cinematics', that's a big Marvel game advertisement.

Next we have the 'Who is Doctor Strange?' Featurette, which is amusing, and the best special feature.

Following that is a first look at 'Avengers Reborn', another advertisement guised as a 'special feature'.

Finally we have the 'Doctor Strange' Concept Art which can be interesting for a die hard Strange fan, but for the rest of us in uninteresting.

I loved the movie, but due to the problems I had with the special feature I had to mark it down a bit. For someone new to Doctor Strange I recommend you rent this DVD. For an old Strange fan I recommend you buy this DVD for the more in depth special features that would appeal to you. Either way watch this movie, enjoy it and then tell a friend!



Series: Doctor Strange