Film Review: Marvel’s Doctor Strange

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The long awaited Doctor Strange finally hit the screens this October, and it could not have been a bigger success. With Benedict Cumberbatch leading a star-studded cast this film did not disappoint, well… mostly.

The plot follows a cocky neurosurgeon- played by Cumberbatch- whose life is ruined after he gets into an accident that leaves his hands unfit for his job. As he obsessively looks for a cure to his excessive nerve damage, he is led to the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) to learn sorcery- and essentially to help them fight the evil Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen).

Watching this movie in 3D was indeed a spectacle, and would highly recommend other Marvel fans do, the scenes using CGI to turn buildings around, and the flying Kung Fu is a lot more exciting when it seems like the buildings are going to fall on you!

Benedict Cumberbatch was a great pick for the part of Strange. He was able to perfectly portray the cocky-ness of the neurosurgeon (probably perfected through playing Sherlock all these years),

The movies actors truly brought out the best in a just-above average movie. Cumberbatch’s bravado, perfected with his stage acting experience made all the spell casting, and hand movements not gimmicky at all. Tilda Swinton – much to her (well deserved) casting controversy – played the weird and enigmatic Ancient One brilliantly. And lastly there was Mads Mikkelsen whom fans are already aware from playing the titular character Hannibal, is an emotional, merciless villain, who – even with the weird black eyes – yet again made a formidable baddy.

Benedict Cumberbatch was a great pick for the part of Strange. He was able to perfectly portray the cocky-ness of the neurosurgeon (probably perfected through playing Sherlock all these years), and was able to prove himself to be New York’s saviour with a cool goatee and a badass red cape with great bravado. Not to mention, he looks eerily similar to the Strange featured in the animated movies.

However the film wasn’t without its floors. The middle half of the story felt very rushed and that the transition from a novice sorcerer to a sorcerer supreme happened seemingly without any effort, even for a neurosurgeon. It would have been more realistic to show the audience more of his training (instead of just him reading numerous books).

Rachel McAdams hardly had any part in the film. Considering how high her name was on the cast list I was ready to see her longer than the 10 minutes’ worth of screen time that she starred. However, her chemistry with Cumberbatch was great and the scenes she starred in were some of the best in the film so it was disappointing.

Overall, I gave the film 4/5 stars. I think it was a great superhero film, nothing too complicated but magical enough to watch it through to the end. As solo superhero movies go I would say that it was much better than the Iron Man or the Thor films, because of the awesome action scenes and the new element of magic that Marvel just delved into, but there is still room for improvement, which I’m sure will be addressed for the sequel.

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, watch it here!