Doctor Strange Movie Review
Bold new direction, stunning visuals, strong cast that delivers, memorable villain(s)
Can get a little distracting, dry boring attempt at humor, some sequences just don't make sense
Strange New Direction, but Full of Surprises. We Like!
Doctor Strange movie cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen
Doctor Strange movie director: Scott Derrickson
Dr. Strange takes the Marvel Cinematic universe to a whole new level. Visually at least. The premise of the movie which is basically an arrogant neurosurgeon who loses the ability to operate due to an accident, has to find his inner self to overcome his bitchiness. In this journey, he comes across all sorts of mystical revelations that set him on the path to become the sorcerer supreme.
The cast is star studded especially with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the titular protagonist, but literally everyone on the cast really comes into their own for a stunning 2 hour mystical ride.
If you’ve seen a lot of the trailer, or the trailers several times, where you have that inception thingy going on? Yeah, that’s the first 8-10 minutes of the movie. That’s a fucking ballsy move by Marvel, to throw us in the universe then go figure out what the hell is going on. I prefer this to the traditional origin story that takes forever for unravel.
Now, this direction you’re either going to love it or hate it, but bear in mind, that the direction of going all out mystical on your minds ass can be overbearing at times. Having said that, you’ll come across a lot of talk around “multiverse”, “mirror dimensions” “dark dimensions”, “sanctums”, and “mystic worlds”…don’t let it get to you. Ultimately it’s a fucking movie, so dust off the fairy dust from your “real world” panties and chill out.
Speaking of being chilled out, I particularly loved Tilda Swinton’s look in the movie. That bald-eyelash-less look she has along with her 2 nervous wrecks she has with her, is enough to want to make you watch this movie over and over again. She plays the role of “The Ancient One”, a slight, if not, significant, departure from the standard comics, but it’s a welcome one. Especially the scenes where she hands Cumberbatch his ass several times over, is quite gratifying to watch.
Both Swinton and Cumberbatch are brilliant as a team, and do a fantastic job of going through that whole transformation of Doctor Strange. Don’t particularly look for any “logic” as such here, because if you do…you will NOT find it.
Where Doctor Strange, succeeds compared to the other MCU movies is memorable villains. Honestly, the only memorable villain I remember till date, is Loki. Apart from that you pretty much forget everyone else once the credits roll. That doesn’t seem to be a problem with Doctor Strange. Mikkelsen as Kaecilius and Ejiofor as Mordo. Anyone familiar with Strange in the comics knows where this is heading, and it’s great that something larger is planned for Mordo.
Overall, Doctor Strange is one of those movies, you would strap yourselves in for multiple rides, and it’s quite a breath of fresh air from the mayhem and destruction that surrounds all other Marvel and DC movies so far. The movie is entertaining right through all 3 acts and does not disappoint. The only downside some may have, is the forced attempt at humor. See that through and you’re in for an enjoyable ride. By the way – the only funny part of the movie was in the trailer; where Swinton calls him “Mister Strange”.
and yes..there are post credit scenes! So sit through.