Open Your Mind. Change Your Reality.
Tonight I was luckily enough to be invited to watch an exclusive 15-minute IMAX 3D sneak preview of Marvel Studio’s upcoming movie, Doctor Strange. The preview was held by the studio (unsure if Marvel or distributor) at the AMC Mercado 20 in Santa Clara, the heart of Silicon Valley.
The Doctor Strange sneak preview was filled with mind-bending special effects. The movie itself explores multi-dimensions, chakra healing/balancing and spiritual energy, a fascinating subject that I’m happy to see gain exposure.
A neurosurgeon with a destroyed career sets out to repair his hands only to find himself protecting the world from inter-dimensional threats.
The preview included a personalized thank you from Benedict Cumberbatch, which was a nice touch. While the visuals were truly incredible, what really got my attention was the sound quality. As seen in the trailer, there is a scene where the “Ancient One” (Tilda Swinton) hits Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the chest, separating his astral spirit from his physical body and I could actually feel the punch in my chest – that’s how powerful the audio was in the theater. There was also a cameo by the man himself – Stan Lee.
The rest of the sneak preview was filled with trippy, reality-bending visuals that are reminiscent of Inception, exploring what is “reality”, how it’s controlled, who controls it and the existence of multiple dimensions.
This was my first time watching anything in 3D on the big screen and only second time watching IMAX in general. I still an undecided over 3D technology. On one hand, it’s technically amazing and there were a few scenes in tonights sneak preview that validated that need – falling through cityscapes or spark-laced portal jumping. However, I wonder if it’s a generation gap. Does the younger generations (1990-on) see the 3D as a necessity? Call me old fashion, but I think the I would actually enjoy the experience more in a non-3D, traditional IMAX setting.
As a thank-you, Marvel provided everyone in attendance a very nice, heavy-stock Doctor Strange movie poster.
I look forward to seeing the full movie when it’s released in theaters on November 4.