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“Doctor Strange” Introduces Magic to Marvel

By Katherine Tavarez
Staff Writer

Marvel does it again: another villain, another superhero. Just six months ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominated the box office with “Captain America: Civil War” and has managed to wow audiences once again with “Doctor Strange.”

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. From “Iron Man” to “The Avengers,” “Guardians of Galaxy,” “Ant Man” and now with “Doctor Strange,” the effect after watching them is still the same—it can’t get any better than this.

“Doctor Strange,” directed by Scott Derrickson, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character. Strange is an arrogant, pompous surgeon with an ego the size of New York. He rejects many of his patients throughout the film, whom he thinks are not worth his time, and he takes advantage of his colleague and former lover Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams).

There are several scenes throughout the movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The visuals are astounding; they introduce mirror images and very colorful spaces. You will find yourself turning your head in different directions because of the trippy effects in the film.

After getting into a deadly car crash, Strange suffers permanent nerve damage in his hands and cannot continue his career as a surgeon. Having spent a multitude of research and money to identify a cure, he finds a way to Kamar-Taj, a monastery in Nepal.

While he is there he trains with the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to take down a rogue student, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen).

“Doctor Strange” is just as fun as any other Marvel film released so far. It introduces audiences to magical moments and time manipulation. Derrickson really took this film in a new direction. He made something that seemed impossible to actualize and successfully brought it to the big screen. The movie was dark, funny and each actor played his or her role great. It is a mind-bending film that contains a little bit of love, like the other Marvel films.

This is definitely a movie to watch at an IMAX 3D theater because of its great visuals and trippy effects. If you are not doing anything this weekend, make sure you book your appointment with “Doctor Strange.”

The film is rated PG-13 and is now playing in theaters.

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