By G.P. Avants
Dr. Stephen Strange was a man of means. He had everything a rock and roll living genuine brain surgeon needed. Unfortunately, he also had an ego that often got him in trouble pretty much all the time. The good doctor never valued time or people as important in his life. He has memories that had some hollowness to them.
Through unforeseen circumstances, Stephen Strange loses everything he holds dear in his hands., In his sorrow and loss he pushed everyone away especially the one person who loves him. So, the doctor stares at a watch that bears the inscription:
“Time will tell how much I love you”
This becomes the only thing of value that he has left. He takes it into his self-imposed exile high into the Himalayas where time takes on a new meaning for Stephen. The Doctor soon learns that time is something that we all have to manage wisely. The hands that once made him a world-renown surgeon and the ones on his wrist watch have both come to screeching halt. The time he once spent so flippantly now has become a precious jewel in his scarred hands. When Dr. Strange learns to use time as a tool and not a toy, he finally understands how precious the people who inhabit time with him are. The ego that often became a rock in his heart, was replaced by a deeper more lasting self-sacrificing humility.
Watching him study his broken wrist watch really spoke to me. Time is a temporary and fragile commodity. We all have a limited and set amount to use wisely during our short time on Earth. How am I good manager of my time? Life is too short to waste even a second. Slow down and enjoy those moments before they become nothing more than lingering memories.
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I love what you did with the analogy of time! I totally didn’t see it in quite that light when I watched the film. It’s a beautiful and moving interpretation though. Now I have a deeper appreciation for the movie AND a reason to go watch it again. Thanks for both!
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Absolutely! Those are my favorite sort of films, the ones you can continue to unpack, taking more away from them with each viewing. Heck, those are my favorite types of stories in general too!
Yes. That is good storytelling. The more complicated characters the better. Your high end us Robert Jordan.
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This is the best commentary I’ve read yet on the film. Thank you for sharing your insight and perspective.
Thank you for reading.
I liked your post on time will tell how much I love you. I like how you talked about him changing from being a cold- hearted person to a deeper more self lasting self- sacrificing humility. My question is what’s going to be the story line of the new doctor strange?
Who knows what will happen with Dr. Strange? I think he will have a bigger part in other Avenger movies like Infinity Wars. Where would you like to see Dr. Strange go?