IMDB Synopsis: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is full steam ahead at the moment with the huge hit that was Captain America Civil War, and the hype around Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man Homecoming building to a fever. Doctor Strange comes in as another potential unknown Marvel property ala Guardians of the Galaxy and An-Man but I’m here to tell you Marvel Studios knocks it out of the park once again. Doctor Strange explores for the first time the more mystical and magical side of the Marvel super heroes and it is fun, heart pounding excitement and gorgeous!
Doctor Strange is your cookie cutter superhero origin story in many ways. A story of an arrogant jerk neurosurgeon Stephan Strange getting humbled through an accident that destroys his hands. Now desperate to heal himself it takes him on a path to gaining knowledge of a world of mystical powers that leads him to becoming a sorcerer hero. Yeah the story is a bit formulaic but that isn’t where this movie really shines it’s the stunning and at times mind blowing visuals. My goodness the visuals are crazy with all the reality/dimension bending magic that goes on that is basically Inception on steroids, for this alone I believe people should check out this movie.
This movie has some of the greatest actors working today and it really shows starting with probably my dream choice for Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch. He was amazing as Doctor Strange really selling the arrogant jerk at the beginning and seeing him desperate to becoming the next Sorcerer Supreme. I have to mention Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo one of Strange’s teachers. He was great at showing the inverse of Strange in his very strict and by the books approach to the mystic arts. The supporting characters were brought to life very well by Tilda Swinton and Racheal McAdams as The Ancient One and Christine Palmer respectively. Mads Mikkelsen is an incredible actor but because the villain Kaecilius was pretty generic and not as well developed however I did like what he did with what he had to work with giving Kaecilius a decent range including one particular part where he has trouble with Doctor Strange’s name that made me laugh pretty hard.
My biggest problem with this movie was that it didn’t really give you a sense of time progression in the world of the film. I don’t really know how much time passes in the movie especially during the time during Strange’s training. It just seems like he is either very extremely gifted or it seems becoming a master sorcerer isn’t all that hard. It’s a bit unsatisfying that he goes from a novice to a master seemingly so easy and quickly. This can be explained by certain in story elements but it doesn’t convey it very well but this is just a minor nitpick.
Doctor Strange is without question another hit for Marvel Studio and a success in introducing yet another unique hero to add to the growing Avengers. With a great sense of fun, awesome characters and mind blowing visuals that’ll have staring in awe at what you’re seeing! If you’re a fan of superhero movies you’re gonna love this but if you’re going into this casually or perhaps burnt out on the superhero craze this movie offers a unique enough experience to entertain all. This really should be seen on the big screen if possible, however if you get motion sickness you might struggle a bit but if you can take some Dramamine and enjoy the ride!
Fun fact: As usual stay through the entire credits there are two post credit scenes, both of which are awesome!
Should You See It: Yes
Theater Worthy: Yes
Final Grade: A-