While desperately trying to recover the use of his mangled hands through expensive surgeries, he stumbles upon a similar victim who recovered the use of his legs through the existential healing process of the mystic arts. He travels to Kathmandu, Nepal, where he meets the healer, known as "The Ancient One" (Tilda Swinton) who enlightens him about the separation between mind, body and spirit. Along with her assistants, Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong), they teach Doctor Strange (that’s Dr., not Mister!) the ancient power of the Mystic Arts.
After spending months learning the hidden powers of the existential world, Doctor Strange becomes proficient at his new skills. He learns that where the Avengers protect the world from physical enemies, The Ancient One and her ‘followers’ are there to protect the earth from existential threats.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this movie in 3D. The CGI effects were over-the-top, mind-boggling, absolutely mesmerizing. While dealing with the realm of physicality, the mystic arts and time manipulation, there was just enough light banter between the characters to keep the story engaging.
The movie starts out with a major action sequence by the evil Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen, Casino Royale) which captures the audience's attention and never lets go. Then of course there's the romance between Doctor Strange and his on again/off again girlfriend, Doctor Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams).
This film is totally over-the-top in cinematography, VFX and virtual reality. The cast did an excellent job bringing their characters to life. The director (Scott Derrickson) understood how to utilize 3D cinematography to bring a very complex world of imagination and the mystic arts to life. And of course, being a Marvel film, there is a spoiler at the end, so make sure you sit through the credits.
I would recommend this movie for anyone young or old—it is two hours of pure entertainment. Make sure you have that jumbo size popcorn bucket, because you'll need it for this film.
So, what about the word Shamballa and its meaning? I guess you're just gonna need to see the movie to find out.