This is a film that i went to see in cinema when it came out, it’s one thats well received when your completely immersed in it. I didn’t want to write a post up on it immediately as i wanted to watch it again a little later on my tv, when its not all new and exciting, that way i could write a more critical review. (and i mean critical in the literary theory sense not the solely negative remarks one) This is a film that you will seriously enjoy if your having a stoner couch night, very trippy, intense with relatable characters and discourses regardless of the fact that its in the ‘Sci-Fi or Fantasy’ genre. Our protagonist is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, who dons the role of the initially egotistical and seemingly-omniscient “Steven Strange” and like in any Marvel adaption from a comic, our lead has an alliterate name. (other examples in case this word baffles you : Peter Parker, Matt Murdock, Sue Storm, Reed Richards… etc. Alliteration basically means that the two words (or names) begin with the same letter, this has become a staple in most Superhero or Comic cultures.
Rating : 7.5/10
Our cast has a few big names, and interestingly the antagonist is played by Mads Mikkelson. I’ve only ever seen him on screen as the sociopath and serial killer “Hannibal” in the incredibly dark tv series. So seeing him as anything other took a minute to adjust to, and he doesn’t disappoint. Rachel Mcadams and Tilde Swinton are other very recognizable and veterans who play lead roles.
Strange is a specialist surgeon and the top of his field, on his way to an event he is involved in a car crash that nearly obliterates him, his hands were the most difficult to reconstruct, having to get titanium pins and plates inserted saved the function but means his career as a surgeon is over. One reason in particular i found myself relating to Steven Strange is the way in which and the psychology he adapts when he attempts to recover from his injuries, his desperation for more and more surgeries, that are getting progressively more experimental and risky. He’ll stop at nothing to try to find a “cure” that would enable him to return to his previous lifestyle and purpose. Having personally been in that mind-frame from dealing with Chronic lower back pain, that combination of desolation and desperation really hit home.
That said, his ego is something i don’t relate to! On to the film, our protagonist embarks on a path to finding his salvation in the form of something beyond our reasonable comprehension of the universe and its capabilities. We enter into a whole new world, the Astral Plane.
It also discusses and examines the concept of elevating one’s mind (in a stronger sense than your typical mind over matter or placebo effect) and somehow once that part of your mind is opened, your body can heal itself, defying all logic. The weapons made in the astral plane are quite intricate and visually stunning.
For the stoners wanting to watch something that draws you in visually, you have found this evenings (or this weekends watch) to get an idea of what your in for using a few of thehappihippi made GIFs, have a peek here. There are some incredibly hallucinogenic scenes that would have you convinced someone threw a few mushrooms or a tab of LSD and they’re pretty glorious to watch, large screen tv and a few jiints go hand in hand with this film. A few examples for you :
Crazy huh? That’s exactly why a little herb goes so damn well with this film, you’ve got these weapons made out of energy and some very “Inception-like” land manipulation.
I wont give away too much of the plot, as i get regularly irritated when a trailer or review goes into detail about nearly everything that happens without forewarning me as a reader. It’s got a little more intelligence in its script and construction than you’d think, that said this is no Good Will Hunting, its still a Marvel Movie. Worth a watch, here’s a few stills i made from the film that should pique your interest. (click onto any one of them and the Gallery will open full screen)
Lastly, there are whole minutes throughout the movie of different cosmic-like scenes where your just frozen and mesmerized, the film leaves you feeling pretty damn satisfied. (oh and also, the end credits scene is pretty important so stick around for it or find it on youtube after) Enjoy!