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‘Doctor Strange’ Review: A Spectacular Mind-Trip

10 Nov 2016 | By Kanzayua | @Kanzayua79

Doctor Strange Movie Review

The MCU train continues its steady pace by introducing the arrogant yet brilliant neurosurgeon-turned-superhero Stephen Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch. This latest installment introduces magic and mysticism to the universe– only previously touched on by the Thor films– thus expanding the universe and allowing more comic book storylines involving magic to be adopted. But is it a good introduction to the Sorcerer Supreme?

I always enjoy a cinematic origin story. This time it was no different. Doctor Strange is perfectly paced as we see a cocksure Stephen Strange go from a luxurious lifestyle to rock bottom despair and desperately seeking help. The film is well written and delivered, while keeping it as close to the source material as possible.

The story then begins to pick up pace as we get to see Strange come to the realization that all that he believed and learned before was nothing compared to the knowledge and power of the Ancient One, played by a gracious Tilda Swinton. The scene featuring their first meeting will blow your mind, believe me. It’s the first of many throughout the film that will leave you gobsmacked with stunning visuals. (I cannot recommend highly enough that Doctor Strange be seen on an IMAX screen.)

As Strange continues to get acquainted with his new surroundings, we are properly introduced to the main villain of the film Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen). His goals and intentions become clear in a scene with Strange which is perfectly shot by director Scott Derrickson. Kaecilius’s motivations have solid ground. Considering the MCU has given us hollow villains in the past, this was is was of their better ones. Help from a peculiar source assists Strange during this sequence, a nice touch that will leave a smile on your face.

Doctor Strange Movie Review

Progressively we get to the tasty parts of a comic book film– the action sequences. Action sequences are always going to be a part of this genre, but this time, they step it up a whole other level. If you have seen the trailers, you got a brief glance at what mind-trips the movie holds. The visual effects company behind Doctor Strange has broken new ground cinematically. They did an extraordinary job. It had a different look and feel to what you’ve come to expect in Marvel flick.

As the movie draws to a conclusion, we see the evolution of Stephen Strange from the proud and egotistical neurosurgeon to Sorcerer Supreme, shedding off his repulsive qualities. The story as a whole is conventional comic-based stuff but does a solid enough introduction of yet another niche superhero to global audiences.

You will likely want to see this one more than just once. I give Doctor Strange 4/5 Stars.

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