Movie Review

Movie Review: Doctor Strange

"You're a man looking at the world through a keyhole."

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Well that was ambitious!

Marvel’s latest superhero adventure is completely different than anything the comicbook empire has produced thus far. And surprise surprise, it works!

The story of a neurosurgeon turned mystical superhero, Doctor Strange is a quirky success thanks to the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Although his hero undergoes a fantastical journey, Cumberbatch keeps things grounded with a likable performance (not an easy feat when you’re playing an arrogant doctor). Even more impressive is Mads Mikkelson as the film’s duplicitous baddie – he’s menacing in all the right places, and his appearance is suitably terrifying thanks to some top-notch prosthetics.  Sadly, the lovely and enormously talented Rachel McAdams is wasted in a thankless supporting girlfriend role. Whereas Tilda Swinton gets a pretty integral (and action-heavy) role, McAdams receives what amounts to three seconds of screen-time. Missed opportunity if you ask me!

From a technical perspective, the film is a weird and colorful journey filled with mind-bending imagery and captivating camerawork. Thanks to the source material, Doctor Strange is heavily reliant on CGI (computer generated imagery), even more so than your average Marvel movie. That’s all fine and well if you’re a fan of that sort of thing, but an onslaught of visual effects can be very draining. I often found myself wishing for a few scenes that didn’t require the use of green screens and superimposed backgrounds.

Nevertheless, Strange is a refreshing kind of superhero movie with an offbeat tone and an unexpected resolution (it’s not your typical blockbuster climax). Now let’s see how Marvel plans on integrating its newest hero with the rest of its Avengers in the upcoming Infinity War extravaganza. Fingers crossed!

Conclusion
A trippy and highly entertaining entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly worth watching!

Nad Rating
A-

4 comments

  1. Doctor Strange was a truly unique Marvel film in all the right ways. I was fine with Rachel McAdams's part being the way it is. How big can it be with everything else going on in the story? I look forward to seeing more of Cumberbatch as Strange in the future. I like how the character can be arrogant and a bit selfish while displaying a sense of humor and moments of heroic courage. In some ways, he reminds me of Tony Stark.

  2. I absolutely LOVED this movie (ok, maybe because of my mini obsession with Cumberbatch)! McAdams should have had more screen time, you're right; she also happens to be my favourite actress. I would watch it again and I rarely watch the same movie twice.

  3. Saw this in 3D as promised and I enjoyed it! Not usually a big fan of Cumberbatch, but he was truly great here. Too bad Rachel McAdams was BARELY in it though! I love her! Kinda wish she replaces Amy Adams in the DC universe.

    The CGI made me a little numb almost halfway through (even more so thanks to 3D), but it's really impressive so I didn't mind it. I think the final Batman v Superman fight was EXHAUSTING visually, and I was worried I'd get the same reaction here but luckily it wasn't that annoying.

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