Saturday, July 8, 2017

Dr. Strange 2016

     This film is from Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios.  Doctor Stephen Strange is a genius, talented and rich neurosurgeon based in New York City’s Greenwich Village.  He is in a terrible car accident that causes a lot of damage to his hands.  His tools for his work are his hands and he is devastated to see their condition.  He puts his ego aside and attempts to learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.  He is hoping to learn how to repair his hands.  He begins to act as an intermediary between the real world and the world that lies beyond.  He uses metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect this universe.
     I could not get interested in this film??  For me, it just seemed like one scene of CGI after another and only about the subject of what can be done with his hands??  Maybe this is just not my genre??  2* (I didn’t like this move)

115 min, Action directed by Scott Derrickson with Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiewetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Alaa Safi.

Note:  Imdb 7.6 out of 10, 90% critic 86% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½, Amazon 4.6* out of 5* with 1034 reviews, Metacritic 72 out of 100 with 49 critics 8.3* out of 10* with 1368 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Kathmandu, Nepal; Los Angeles, California; Hong Kong, China; Buckinghamshire, Surrey, London, England, UK; Deerpark, New York.  Cumberbatch was the first choice for Dr. Strange but initially he declined because of theater commitments.  The release date was pushed back from 6/16 to 11/16 and he could commit to filming.  Joaquin Phoenix was the second choice but he declined because this was a multi-picture deal.  Vincent Price was used as the inspiration for the appearance of Dr. Strange.  Rachel McAdams had a mop handle fall in a broom closet and her reaction was kept for the scene.  There is another film with this title from 1978 also about the same subject.

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