From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
What We Thought:
It was nice seeing a Marvel movie that wasn’t super connected to the Marvel Universe just yet and didn’t have tons of other characters in it. That’s why I quite liked Doctor Strange.
Don’t get me wrong, the film is part of the MCU, but it’s a standalone film where you don’t need to be up to date on every other Marvel movie. It serves as the character’s jumping off point into the MCU and an end credit scene directly connects it to a movie coming out next year. It’s kind of like Guardians of the Galaxy from a few years ago.
As for the film itself, Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange. He was born to play the role. Cumberbatch has that unique quality of being a very direct and serious guy yet can drop a hilarious one liner at ease. He’s a tremendous dramatic actor yet has a great sense of humor/personality. Cumberbatch shines as the Sorcerer Supreme.
The film brings mysticism to the MCU and has some visuals that would rival Inception and The Matrix. Buildings move and shift. Characters walk on walls and ceilings. Spirits get pushed out of bodies and go through walls fighting each other. It’s a visually stunning film.
Set design, wardrobe and costuming all add to the visuals. It has an Asian flair with the costume design and coloring. Some scenes take place in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia and that really separates itself from other Marvel films which predominantly take place in big urban areas like New York.
Doctor Strange is unlike any other Marvel movie to date. It has action sequences like you expect and a story involving a good guy and bad guys, but it’s so drastically different in style and tone. It has culture and mysticism and brings so much more to the table than your standard comic flick. It will open number 1, but what will its total run be? I’m thinking closer to the Thor movies than Captain America/Avengers. Cumberbatch is fantastic and the visuals make the film…
Cast & Crew:
- Benedict Cumberbatch
- Rachel McAdams
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
- Tilda Swinton
- Mads Mikkelsen
Recommended If You Like:
- Marvel/Comic Book Movies
- Benedict Cumberbatch