Dr. Strange (2016)
Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a talented neurosurgeon who might be a tad cocky and arrogant for his own good. When he is badly injured in a car accident leaving his hands unable to perform surgery, he seeks out The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) in Tibet in order to heal his nerves. What he quickly learns is that The Ancient One doesn’t heal the body. She helps the mind control what the body is able to do. Through study and practice, Stephen becomes one of the top sorcerers who is able to control the world around him, and when the evil Kaecilius comes to destroy the temple, Dr. Strange is ready.
Dr. Strange is the first Marvel movie that doesn’t feel like a comic book movie. This movie is about Sorcerers, monks, and magic which in my opinion is both good and bad. I will be the first to say that I knew nothing about Dr. Strange before I went to see this movie so my expectations were not very high. When I saw Ant-Man, I felt it was good but it was yet another origin’s story, and normally I don’t care, but after all the other Marvel movies out there, it was getting old seeing the same formula over and over. That is what I felt again with this one. Sure the fact that Dr. Strange is a different type of character helps, but it still is a set-up movie so be ready for the standard formula (see Ant-man review).
As far a movie goes, Dr. Strange is solid. Benedict Cumberbatch is great, charming, and the real reason you want to see this film. For those of you that saw Batman Begins (and really, who didn’t?), then you are going to notice some parallels to that movie. This is another movie that uses the idea of going to a secluded Asian location to heal and learn special ass-kicking skills. In normal Marvel fashion, this movie has its own kind of quirky comedy added throughout the film that will please the younger audiences.
At the end of the day, Dr. Strange is a well made movie that you can tell was done in Marvel fashion. It will be up to you if you find the theme of the sorcerers and monks interesting, but the action, animation and characters are all welcomed additions to the universe. Personally for me, Dr. Strange isn’t my favorite of the bunch, but it would be one I watch again. Co-starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Mads Mikkelsen.
7/10 Stars – Benedict Cumberbatch is superb as the lead role and with good special effects, Dr. Strange is a fine addition to the Marvel universe.