Saturday, December 30, 2017

Doctor Strange (2016): Benedict Cumberbatch, Symbolism and the Mystical Arts


     Directed by Scott Derrickson, based on characters created by Stan Lee, Doctor Strange (2016) expertly combines Superheroes with magic and symbolism. After an accident, Dr. Stephen Strange loses the use of his skilled hands… and while on a journey of physical and spiritual healing he is drawn into an enclave that practices the mystical arts. The script is well-written and the visual effects are astounding. Many parallels and connections have been noted between the mystical elements of the film and the esoteric nature of Masonic ritual… even down to the use of the name "Cagliostro" in one of the incantations. The cast does a great job, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen. 


Doctor Strange. 2016: Rachel McAdams and Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Tilda Swinton

Doctor Strange. 2016: Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Tilda Swinton

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016

Doctor Strange. 2016

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange. 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch