Dr. Strange

Dr. Strange

Dr. Strange did not appeal to me initially as a movie I wanted to watch. It was more the combination of my cousin recommending the movie and the fact that new cinemas were recently constructed near my neighbourhood (and me having discount tickets!) that I decided to bring a small group of friends with me to see the show.

Potential Sticks

  • References to astral projection
  • References to Chakras
  • Magical / mythical powers used and glorified – similar to those of Harry Potter
  • Some blood and surgical scenes

Manna
Spoiler Alert

With all the mythical scenes, there are some truths and life lessons which can be gleaned from the film and discussed in a youth group.

  1. Pride comes before a fall.

Dr. Strange was at the pinnacle of his career. He had all the money and accolades, he had a job he loved and even a woman at his heels. However, two scenes of humility really opened the door towards his transformation. The basketball scene where he speaks to the man who could not walk, but now is fully capable. The man is about to walk away, but Dr. Strange lifts his two shaking hands before him and begs for answers. Dr. Strange unveils his greatest shame to a stranger who recognises him at this point. He knows that this is the only way he can get help. And he receives grace. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” The second scene is when he walks into the building where his transformation begins. The “ancient” tries to explain the solution for him, but he is in total doubt and pride until she astro-projects his body out into “the universe” or places outside his own body. He is then fully willing to be taught, but she throws him out of the building and patiently waits while he begs to come back in for the next 6-7 hours.

2. We are built for so much more

There is a scene where the main “bad guy” of the film tells Dr. Strange how everyone came to the ancient “to be healed.” To get better, but then it seems they are all re-directed to a fight so much greater than themselves. He feels the ancient “uses” them for something they never wanted in the first place. It is then the choice of the individual to either use his “powers” for himself or join the fight to keep peace on the earth

I find churches are a lot like this analogy. Many come to church seeking healing and restoration. And though we do find these things in different ways, God calls us for so much more than that. We’re called to also “put on the amor of God” (or the cloak of levitation), to “fight the good fight of faith” and to be aware of the “devil who roams about like a roaring lion.” Sometimes people come to church expecting it to be a hospital of types, when really, you are joining a whole new kingdom, the Kingdom of God. With everything that comes with it. Dr. Strange asks the Ancient how he can get from where he is, a normal man, to where she is, someone who can control powers and magic. She asks in return, how did you become a surgeon with the ability to help your patience heal? He replies “with many years of study and practice.” We should see our christian walk as the same. With many questions and things to learn, the depth of what we can achieve can take many years of study and practice, but the rewards will be worth it.

Thanks for reading my commentary. If you would like more or if you agree or disagree with any that was said, please comment below. 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Dr. Strange

    1. Depends how u feel abt my “Christian cons” points. If you’re okay watching movies with that content then go for it. It’s has some good action qualities. Don’t forget to re-read my “Redeeming the Arts” comments as well.

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  1. The Marvel Cinematic Universe does not pretend to be anything other than fiction. That makes it perfectly alright for any Christian to watch so long as they understand it’s not real.

    A movie set in the “real world” that celebrates and glorifies something like violence would be much more dangerous, because we can actually apply/practice/believe it

    While I enjoyed the show and enjoyed Cumberbatch’s performance, I found myself being slightly annoyed at Strange’s character development… or maybe his LACK of character development.

    You say that he becomes humble, but does he really? He becomes desperate, and that forces him to do certain things like ask Pangborn for help and wait at the Ancient One’s doorstep for hours.

    Yet till the very end, he never truly lets go of his ego. (Though he does definitely get better, and learns to trust and respect others) He faces Dormammu with an attitude of cockiness, overly-pleased with his own cleverness of trapping a world-devouring entity.

    I couldn’t help comparing that scene to how Jesus sacrificed his life for us. Or even how Iron Man sacrificed himself to save New York in the first Avengers. The emotional impact of that scene could have been so much more if the writers had played up the fact that Strange was basically giving up an eternity of time, and suffering an uncountable number of deaths to stall Dormammu from taking Earth.

    I guess he can’t change too much. That cocky attitude can be appealing, and we need some room to grow in the next few movies. If he becomes a perfect Jesus-like dude the movies would just be boring?

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    1. Yes. I never considered Dr. Strange as an analogy of Christ. I will one day address the idea of modern “heroism” in movies and their connection to our seemingly innate desire for a Saviour (as is evidenced by the massive profit Hollywood makes off it). I personally still feel the scene w Dormammu was imperfect as Christ did not plan to stay in hell forever.

      There is a fine line between pride and confidence.

      The purpose of the blog is to help Christians find “manna in movies” that they may already be watching. I know you, Jared, may already have a habit of discussing the depths and complexities of films u watch, however I do like to encourage more positive Christian thought among others whom may not have considered “redeeming the arts” for His glory.

      Thx for your reply. See you in the next one.

      PS. I said “reply” not write ur own blog lah!

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      1. Personally, I found the back and forth conversation about the movie very, very helpful and informative. I do greatly appreciate the efforts on all parts.

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