Doctor Strange Review
13 October 2016
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
According to Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch states that the spiritualism of Doctor Strange is what appeals to him the most about the role. “I’m very excited about that spiritual dimension. It’s something that’s been a huge part of my life. I meditate a lot, that’s a huge tool in trying to calm myself, get away from the crazy circus of it all, have a focused mind as well as be a kinder, considerate person in the world,” said Cumberbatch
The filmmakers defined the use of magic…
was based on dimensional travelling and shifting. “We didn’t want magic to simply be people throwing and blocking bolts of lightning; this is the ability to tap into different dimensions and pull aspects of those dimensions into our realm.”
Selection of the director
Director Scott Derrickson is a big fan of Doctor Strange, and spent his own money on a concept video he pitched to Marvel so that he could get the job of directing the film.
While filming, Benedict Cumberbatch walked into a comic book store,
..in full costume, and bought an actual Doctor Strange comic.
Preparation for the role (1)
Benedict Cumberbatch received help with finger-tutting movements from dancer Jayfunk, to make the spell-casting gestures look fluid and agile.
Astrophysicist Adam Frank served as a science consultant on the film,
to advise on how to portray changes in the human experience of space and time. Frank also helped Marvel conceive their ideas for the multiverse, as well as suggest dialogue and belief stances for the characters.
In designing the Eye of Agamotto
, creator of Dr. Strange Steve Ditko drew inspiration from the real world charm The All Seeing Eye of the Buddha, known among the Buddhists as The Amulet of Snail Martyrs, a Nepali symbol meant to protect its wearer from evil.
Main Villian in the film
Scott Derrickson admitted that the MCU films dedicate little time to developing antagonists, so he just hoped to show Kaecilius’s point of view, describing the character as a “villain of ideas with watertight logic,” like John Doe from Se7en (1995).
Visual influence on the film
Cinematographer Ben Davis cites the Disney experimental film Fantasia (1940) as a visual influence on the film: “It has a very psychedelic grounding, and most of the work is about other dimensions.”
According to Kevin Feige, the concept of magic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
is inspired by The Matrix (1999) and the fantasy works of Stanley Kubrick and Hayao Miyazaki. “Have you watched the Cosmos (1980) series? That’s magic, the quantum physics. If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic? You don’t get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts, he’d find out how some of that stuff is happening! We’re not going to spend a lot of time on it, but there will be some of that, particularly for a character like Doctor Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds. And sometimes there won’t be an answer! Sometimes he’ll want an answer–‘How is this happening?’–and nothing,” said Feige.
Due to CGI
Mads Mikkelsen admitted that with all the computer-generated imagery he got a bit lost on how to film his scenes, especially during the Mirror Dimension scenes.
Marvel Comics multiverse
Scott Derrickson describes this film as enabling a Marvel Comics multiverse to exist: “What we’ve wanted from the beginning was to bring in these other dimensions and realities, which is something Dr Strange can do. Much like how the early Doctor Strange comics broke open the Marvel comic book universe into the Marvel multiverse, this film serves the same function. In the comics it ended up being decades of new stories and I think this movie will do the same thing.”
The design of Dark Dimension..
is based on the works of Steve Ditko for Dr. Strange comics in the 60s. Ditko was co-creator of Dr. Strange together Stan Lee in 1963.
Preparation for the role (2)
Benedict Cumberbatch embarked on a strict training regimen by hitting the gym with the use of a personal trainer to beef up for the role. Cumberbatch would drink protein shakes and eat double the amount of calories.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Lives up to its title, in mostly good ways.(click here to see)