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Like I’ve said before, I’m not the biggest of Marvel fans, but I gotta admit this movie’s great. When you think of the process to bring this to the big screen, along with every other MCU movie you must think the main question going in is “what would be a successful comic to adapt to film” and by successful, I mean profitable. Thinking about that, this would not have been the film I’d pitch. Though just Like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, Marvel Studios has found success with the most esoteric of Comic books. For those of you who don’t know, Doctor Strange is the trippy brain child of Steve Ditko after, what I can only assume, the gnarliest of LSD highs. Starting in 1963 and still going strong today Doctor Strange is the perfect alternative story for the comic book reader who has grown tired of the monotony super strong dudes in capes. As for the film, it checks every box on my criteria list for a good movie experience. Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of a self-absorbed man that has it all, adds incredible depth to this CGI action fest. His skepticism is believable and when his quest of self-discovery and healing beings, you find yourself emotionally connected and will to go along for the very, very weird ride. Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor do an incredible job as the wise masters that try to break the construct of perception Stephen Strange has believed in his entire life, all the while hiding their own mysterious paths and discussing their ideas of cosmic laws. The plot, in terms of a three-act structure was believable, well written and had decent twists that left me intrigued and ready for more in terms of sequels, while the action and CGI was very well done and left me in a constant state of wonder. Honestly when I first saw Scott Derrickson was attached to direct, I already chalked this one up as a loss. In my opinion, he’s done as a director to show he could take on such a project and I’m happy to say he proved me wrong. I can’t recommend this movie enough…

-AV