A magical treat with Dr Strange

Monday November 07, 2016 Written by Published in Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange is trained by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange, still screening at the Empire Cinema. 16110424 Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange is trained by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange, still screening at the Empire Cinema. 16110424

THERE IS a lot happening around the island at the moment, so it’s little wonder the Empire Cinema isn’t premiering any new movies this weekend.


Looks like a decision involving economics. If you are up for a spot of movie entertainment but want to get more bang for your buck, then this is probably not the weekend for you.

However, it surely will be a bountiful weekend for the owners of the island’s watering holes.

Anyway, all focus will be on the annual Sevens in Heaven tournament which will see some hot action, particularly in the women’s grade and a pulsating battle for the men’s teams in today’s finals at the BCI Stadium.

One interesting feature of the 27th edition of the tournament will be the costume competition.

Last year saw some interesting ones and expectations are that this year will be even better.

I hope to see someone dressed in Doctor Strange outfit. It’s probably worth a try. And you never know, just like the movie, you might turn out to be a winner too.

Doctor Strange gave what production house Marvel Studios were longing for: a saviour to salvage their superheroes franchise.

The 2016 American superhero film features the Marvel Comics character of the same name.

Doctor Strange is the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and features Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, the top-rated surgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.

In the movie, Strange’s high profile life as a surgeon takes a tumble after a car accident which leaves him incapable of performing surgery.

A frustrated Strange tries rehabilitation where he learns a paraplegic (someone paralysed in lower half of the body including both legs), has miraculously started walking again.

He discovers the miracle originated from Kamar-Taj, an academy for sorcerers based in Nepal.

Strange becomes student of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) with help from Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in a bid to heal himself.

Soon, though, he realises there is more to this world then he knows, as an unseen dark force orchestrated by Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) looms, threatening the world.

Strange is left with choice between enjoying his life of fortune and status or defending the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

The best thing about Dr Strange is probably its cast.

When you have super-talented actors of the likes of Cumberbatch, Ejiofor, Mikkelsen, Swinton, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams in one frame, you can expect cinematic magic.

Cumberbatch as Dr Strange is divine. He is calm, sophisticated and shrewd in every aspect.

The supporting cast have a sublime chemistry, complementing the leading actor to give Dr Strange the mystical feel it deserves.

There are moments in the movie which will leave you spellbound with its bewitching charisma – be it the mind-blowing cinematography or witty exchange between the characters.

There is a moment in the movie when the Ancient One tells Strange, “Arrogance and fear still keep you from learning the simplest and most significant lesson of all.”

“Which is?” Strange asks.

“It’s not about you,” says the Ancient One.

Dr Strange teaches you that power has a purpose and in the movie, that purpose is safeguarding the world against mystical threats that the Avengers can’t fight against.

To the teams at the Sevens, all the very best! Play hard and safe.

Have an awesome weekend, folks and happy birthday to the ZUU master, Mighty Samson.

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