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The impossibilities are endless.
Benedict Cumberbatch is Dr. Stephen Strange in this blockbuster Disney Marvel movie, a former surgeon who moves to a life of sorcery when his career falls apart. From the director of Sinister, co-starring Tilda Swinton (Moonrise Kingdom), Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt), Rachel McAdams (About Time), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave).
Adventure, Fantasy, Blockbuster
Rating: M Violence
By now, superhero origin stories are familiar beasts. While not exactly a superhero per se, Marvel’s mystical mage Doctor Strange is still the recipient of a fairly stock standard introduction here - Benedict Cumberbatch introduced as a bit of an arrogant dick, is confronted with a challenge that changes his worldview, gets abilities and et cetera. Fortunately, his hero’s journey is brought to life with sufficient psychedelic spectacle to paper over the plot’s familiarity, alongside Marvel’s expected knack for injecting organic humour into proceedings and casting strong supporting actors.
Cumberbatch is a credible medical master turner sorcery student, and as expected, Tilda Swinton brings both dramatic weight and light relief as his initiator into the mystical arts. Rounding out the cast, in Strange’s corner Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, and Rachel McAdams do as much as they can with fairly generic material, while principal villain Mads Mikkelsen doesn’t nearly have enough to sink his teeth into. Luckily, Mikkelsen’s screen presence is potent enough to get away with his character’s minimal motivation and development, and fortunately we’re spared the sort of unlikely historical bond with the hero that is seen elsewhere far too often.
The other true stars of the film lie in the special effects department, though. Doctor Strange boasts the most mind-bending visual effects I’ve ever seen, overloading one’s mind, while still remaining coherent to the audience. Cumberbatch’s initiation into mystical realms channels 2001, Dali, Doctor Strange creator Steve Ditko’s work and more besides; Manhattan- and London-set chase sequences one-up Inception’s folding cityscapes with healthy doses of Escher and psilocybin.
While it might not be Marvel’s most ambitious or successful work, they’ve nevertheless shown us a previously-unseen side of their cinematic universe and done so in frequently jaw-dropping fashion, elevating Doctor Strange beyond the film’s other, generally three-star, attributes.
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Entertaining, enjoyable and thought-provoking, with supreme visual effects.
very enjoyed this movie, another chapter to the Stones needed in the Marvel Movies. Loved this. had to buy the Bluray
Feels like a cross between Marvel and Inception. A good watch
The quality of Marvel's movies is definitely improving but still this is one of the better origin stories of all primarily because of the title character's journey and its purpose. This is, as of now, one of its kind and that is saying something given the volume of movies coming out of the movie machine that is Disney. The visuals, the humour, strong leads improve as the film goes. Mads Mikkelsen is a very worthy villain and Tilda Swinton a great mentor character. Benedict Cumberbatch changes things up from his Sherlock gig but still finds a different way to channel a similar sort of character. This is highly enjoyable - especially in IMAX 3D.
Cumberbatch so good, effects great
didn't know a lot about Dr Strange before watching, but was very pleasantly surprised the movie is funny, the acting is fantastic, the effects are very cool. go see it :-)
The cloak claims its owner.
Anyone know where one is able to get a red cloak like that was biding its time in a glass case waiting for Dr Strange to turn up....so original. Even Red riding hood's cloak couldn't match this cloak's abilities.
I felt the film could have started with a more gentle opening scene in the library. With a good script and storyline the film flowed along including the interchange between the past, present and future. Beautiful costumes, settings and scenes.
Great acting from the cast, and a bonus at the end with Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Hemsworth. 4 out of 5 for me
Doctor Strange is what you would expect from a Marvel movie. The trippy visuals, action and magic is badass. I love Benedict Cumberbatch and I liked him a lot as Doctor Steven Strange. Tilda Swinton is also very good as The Ancient One. Mads Mikkelsen can play a great intellectual villain. I think his character could've been more compelling. It's not one of the best Marvel movies, but I enjoyed this. Grade: B