Overall, BYU-Hawaii students said they were impressed by Marvel Studios’ newest film, “Doctor Strange.” The film was released on Nov. 4 and grossed $85 million in its opening box office weekend, according to The-Numbers.com. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, “Doctor Strange” is the 14th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the name for the franchise and shared fictional universe of superhero films like “Iron Man” and “Captain America” owned by Marvel Studios, according to IMDB.
Kenzie Howells, a freshman majoring in interdisciplinary studies from Utah, said, “The storyline was exciting. It gave the audience enough information to not feel left behind, but withheld enough to keep us interested… I love Benedict Cumberbatch portraying the character and the development.”
Hannah Miller, a sophomore studying psychology and political science from Laie, said, “I really loved the acting and the storyline and the villain backstory. It actually connected to the Gospel a lot for me. For example, the scene where [Strange] goes to the Ancient One and says, ‘Oh you're crazy, this doesn't exist,’ and she shows him everything. It reminded both my dad and me of his conversion experience. He had this incredible experience where he was a militant atheist and then he read the Book of Mormon and he was baptized the next week.” Hannah’s father is Dr. Ron Miller, professor of psychology.
Although they appreciated the film, Miller said there were some disappointments. “I wish that the Ancient One had had more backstory. How did she get into the dark arts? How has she not been consumed by them? She must be really strong to be able to withstand them. And finally, I would have loved it if the names were said a little more often, because it took forever to internalize them.”
Dannah King, a senior studying music from Seattle and fan of the Marvel comics, said, “[The movie] followed Steven Strange's origin, but I think they spent too much time on graphics and not enough on plotline or character development. They wanted shock and awe rather than intellectual understanding, and in my opinion, it would have made the movie fantastic if they had just focused a little more on the more simple aspects of film and filmmaking.”
According to the movie critic website Rotten Tomatoes, 91% of audiences loved the movie. Peter Travers, a Rolling Stone movie critic, said, “See it in 3-D IMAX, people, and you're in for the hallucinatory headtrip of the year. Having Cumberbatch around really raises the bar on what's possible in comic-book fantasy.”
IMDB provides a synopsis: “Marvel's ‘Doctor Strange’ follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.” The movie is based off of the popular Marvel comics when he made a first appearance in the Strange Tales #110 in 1963, according to Marvel.com.
Doctor Strange will be playing nightly at the Laie Palms Cinemas until November 17th.