Movie Review: Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor posterExcuse me, where can I get a cape like his? – Avengers chronological re-watch, film #15

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen
Scott Derrickson

Synopsis: After a horrible car accident damages his hands, Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) searches for a way to heal them so he can perform surgeries again. When science fails, he seeks out alternate forms of healing, eventually ending up at a temple run by a woman called The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). Here he learns that life isn’t just science and logic, there is magic and power and ancient wisdom to be discovered and ahen the temple and the world are suddenly under threat by an ex student, Strange must use his new-found powers to help save the world.

Opinion: This movie has a very different feel to all the others and not just because it’s all about magic and spells instead of super strength or robot suits. It has a more serious and, in a way, adult feel throughout compared to the others. Doctor Strange feels like that serious older sibling who looks down on all the others for their foolish shenanigans and then turns back to their book and studies. This is in no way a bad thing, in fact it’s kind of a nice change and also perfectly fitting for the character of Stephen Strange who, I imagine, would absolutely have done exactly that. With an intelligent well-constructed storyline, we are ultimately introduced to the arrogant, rude and generally unlikeable Dr. Strange and led down the path of how we went from once incredible doctor to now incredible sorcerer. Naturally there is a personality change along the way and a whole lot of bad guys to fight because it wouldn’t be a fabulous Avengers style movie without those things. This movie also has the most obvious CGI of all the films, primarily because they can shift the shape of the world with their powers so that happens a lot and damn does it look cool on screen. All of this topped off with a great cast, I mean come on Tilda Swinton, Benedict Cumberbatch and of course Mads Mikkelsen who always plays a great bad guy but it is still a bit strange (LOL) seeing him in such a fast paced action roll.
I will admit that the first time I saw this movie, I didn’t really find myself liking it, but having watched it a second time I think it’s because I went in expecting a typical Avengers movie and that’s not what I got. I find myself appreciating it much more this time around because I knew what to expect and I found myself discovering little things that I had missed the first time around. I was totally absorbed into this magical world and also….the ability to make a cape, yes a random piece of clothing, have mannerisms and a personality that comes across as cute and hilarious is a talent in itself.

Fun Facts: The opening Marvel logo is now officially the Avengers instead of the comic book images. I know this was mentioned in my Guardians 2 review, but Doctor Strange was technically released first so this marks the first time they ever did it….yay Marvel. Also, two credit scenes again, one linking directly to Infinity War and the other for a Doctor Strange sequel….and as usual, there’s a Stan Lee cameo which will, as always, bring on a laugh.


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