Doctor Strange’s Second Trailer Is Visual FX Porn Incarnate
(Last Updated On: July 24, 2016)

Not many movies have wowed me when it comes to their special effects. A lot of times it’s just over wrought CGI with equally pretentious slow-motion effects. There was no shortage of trailers coming out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that housed plenty of the aforementioned. However, one trailer that really seemed to just go all out with a really creative twist on visual effects is Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange.

The upcoming film received its second full trailer, and while it’s not gaming related news it’s close enough within the realm of nerdom to warrant a mention or two just because of how amazing some of the effects look. This movie seems to be aiming to be visual effects porn incarnate, giving enthusiasts and fans of computer graphics a lot to ogle over.

Instead of going with a martial arts, Matrix-vibe for the magic or lots of Harry Potter-style wand-waving effects, Derrickson and crew decided to completely blow minds with reality-shaping shots in Doctor Strange that could nearly leave you breathless. Check out the two and a half minute trailer below.

There are some comments complaining that the magic used to bend space and reality looks like the world being being force-fed through a kaleidoscope, but at the same time the continuity of the effects, the constitution of the blending and the composition of the shots themselves are remarkably uncanny.

This isn’t the poor man’s CGI fest where characters and green-screen backgrounds stand out like a sore thumb, similar to the humans and CGI aliens in the prequel Star Wars films. This is some top notch stuff and it looks like someone with a real eye for the architecturally bizarre managed to find ways to completely distort reality in ways that actually looks convincing.

In fact, this seems like one of the rare movies where it needs to be seen at an IMAX theater. It looks absolutely larger than life.

Also mad props to Marvel for taking a completely different approach to the character of Doctor Strange… it looks more like an adventure mysticism movie as opposed to a typical super hero flick, and it looks like it might work.

I just hope they don’t shortchange Madd Mikkelson’s character in this because usually origin stories are the entirety of the story, and I’m pretty sure the first 20 minutes or so will be Doctor Strange being introduced into the world of spiritual mysticism and doing the whole training montage. So we’ll see if they chisel out some time to give the villain some proper character development.

You can look for the flick to hit theaters on November 4th later this year.


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