MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange

Magical Doctor Strange is newest addition to Marvel Cinematic Universe
Doctor Strange getting a little more than he bargained for. (©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.)

Ah, the Marvel Cinematic Universe: a glorious mash-up of different superheroes all thrown into the same storyline. It started with Iron Man in 2008, and this weekend you can catch the fourteenth—that's right, fourteen, count 'em—film in this sprawling story.

And wow, is it a fun ride.

When one door closes...

Doctor Stephen Strange used to save lives as a neurosurgeon, until a terrible car crash gave him permanent nerve damage. These days, his hands are so weak he can barely hold a pencil. He desperately wants to go back to being a heroic doctor, but that life is gone now. It's time for him to be a different sort of hero.

A superhero.

Physics? What's that?

But unlike Marvel's other superheroes, he doesn't fight the baddies with his fists, a giant iron suit, or a vibranium shield. Doctor Strange uses... dun dun dah... magic. The laws of physics are nothing in the face of this magic, which can manipulate the physical world in unbelievable ways.

Which, by the way, looks incredible on screen.

Doctor Strange and Mordo stand on the edge of a skyscraper.
"It was like that before, I swear." (©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.)

If special effects are your thing, this is your movie. You'll be amazed over and over again by the creative and sometimes downright bizarre effects in this film. It would be exciting to watch even if it didn't have a good story (but don't worry, it does). From glowing portals to mystical runes to inside-out cities, this movie is full of incredible stuff to see.

But how does it fit with the other Marvel movies?

Good question. It may be hard to imagine Doctor Strange magicking away his enemies alongside technology-based Iron Man and super-soldier Captain America. But you can bet Marvel has a plan.

And psst... if you stick around after the credits, you might get a little hint.

Check out the trailer below for a small taste of this movie's magic. It opens in theatres today!

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