We Caught Doctor Strange on IMAX Tonight and Here’s What We Thought of it
So the other night, we got treated to a 15 minute sneak peek for Marvel’s Doctor Strange courtesy of SM Malls, IMAX and Walt Disney Studios Philippines. And for that, I’ll be writing down by thoughts on what we saw, what was teased and even some spoilers (or maybe not).
What We Saw
To be honest this was a pretty, longer trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange. This means you’ve pretty much seen everything there is in this trailer including the memorable moments like the “Teach Me” sequence, the “Shambala” sequence and a whole lot more.
But between those that we are familiar with, there are some that we havent seen before. Like an extended look at the interaction between Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange with Rachel McAdams’ character. It was scripted to show a “romantic” angle for the two. Whether that’s really needed or not, it’s still a few weeks away before we find out.
We get to see an extended scene featuring The Ancient One and Strange with Baron Mordo on the side. And this is where everything they were trying to sell about seeing the film on IMAX. Remember the actual books with all those trippy book pages whenever Strange goes to other dimensions? Well, that made a successful jump to the big screen and it even gets better with the help of IMAX screens and projectors.
And that alone is worth the hour long wait with fellow fans and movie enthusiasts who braved the traffic just to be in the IMAX theater for the sneak peek…
So visuals, check.
Tone and drama, check.
You can skip this all part if you don’t want to be spoiled with what’s next.
The scenes that really needs importance is that scene where we see Strange driving in his Lamborghini while getting the low down on potential patients who need his skills where it is mentioned that he was offered the job of fixing somebody who got injured from a previous movie. Does that sound like a clue? I wouldn’t want to spoil that for you folks, keep your ears open though, that’s what we can suggest.
The second really, really important scene involves our favorite Stan Lee. He appears in a key action segment, pretty hard not to miss.
Is Doctor Strange Worth Seeing in IMAX?
Definitely. The crowd was asking for an encore when we saw the 15 minute sneak peek. Those seconds where Stephen Strange was going on an astral LSD trip, minus the acid was beautiful. My writer was going full fanboy when we saw that (much to my annoyance he he he). So the general consensus was it truly was better on an IMAX screen.
From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
“Doctor Strange” stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Scott Derrickson is directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill wrote the screenplay. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” opens in Philippine theaters on October 26, 2016.