Doctor Strange: [A Movie Review by Sheena Mpungu]

Mind over matter. Isn’t that how the saying goes?

When a highly accomplished and arrogant neurosurgeon severely damages his hands in a car accident, he believes his life is over. I must point out that the fatal accident was caused by his own carelessness. However, I suppose that’s beside the point.

The neurosurgeon, Doctor Stephen Strange, falls into despair when it looks like his hands will never be the same again. And who can blame him? What, indeed, is a surgeon without a pair of steady hands?

After trying out, unsuccessfully so, all medical procedures known to him to correct his hands, Doctor Strange gives up. That is, until he is told a story that just might lead to the answer he seeks.

*Warning. Spoilers ahead!*

His pursuit takes him to Kamar-Taj, an enclave where a former paraplegic regained the ability to walk. When Strange first arrives at Kamar-Taj, he thinks he has stumbled upon some revolutionary medicine. That is, until the Ancient One showed him that the solution included chakras and other dimensions.

Isn’t that how it usually goes? We set out looking for answers to a question and are surprised when the answer is not what we expect.

He finds out that the Kamar-Taj is not just about healing the body using the mind. And that the Ancient One is not an old Asian man.

The Mind-spinning Parts:
“We never lose our demons, Mordo. We only learn to live above them.”
~ The Ancient One

“You cannot beat a river into submission. You have to surrender to its current and use its power as your own.”
~ The Ancient One to Doctor Strange

I don’t know about you but many of the things the Ancient One said ran contrary to what I have grown up believing. And lots of it is the stuff of life.

Why I enjoyed ‘Doctor Strange’
Besides the numerous nuggets of wisdom shared, there was plenty of comic relief. The Cloak of Levitation has a way of making light of things. *wink*

Yet another reason why I enjoyed this one is because I love Marvel movies! My bias aside, they did a good job on this one. Great cast, engaging plot and relatable characters.

Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys a good fantasy flick, people who are into asking questions and pushing boundaries. Also good for any Benedict Cumberbatch or Marvel fans.

Cast includes the talented Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Rachel McAdams as Christine, a fellow surgeon; Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One; Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo, one of Strange’s teachers and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius. Even Benjamin Bratt makes a brief appearance as the former paraplegic who uses the mystic arts to walk.

As we learned years ago, when you watch a Marvel movie, wait until the credits. There’s always an extra scene. In some, like ‘Doctor Strange’, there are two!

If you’ve watched this, I would love to hear from you. Loved it or was it unmemorable?

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