There is no denying that I’m a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Doctor Strange was not a character that I’ve been a fan of nor did I dislike him. I was simply indifferent to his character. However, the movie has made me a fan. The cast is great and the film is so much fun. I give Doctor Strange the Must See rating.
Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant surgeon until a tragic car accident badly damages his hands. Refusing to believe he has to move on to another profession, he seeks help in a variety of ways. Eventually, he finds himself looking for alternative medicine and meets The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). She opens his mind to worlds he’s never known, but can we accept all that she shows him.
The beginning of the film had me slightly worried. Dr. Strange is a complete ass and I didn’t know if I could get behind this character. He was charming for sure, but his arrogance was smothering. However, by the end of the film I was a huge fan of him and the arc his character went through. Cumberbatch is fantastic in this film and, like RDJ and Tony Stark, seems to have been born for this role. It’s possible that I’m completely wrong, but I loved his performance and the character he portrayed.
Another amazing cast
In fact, I don’t think there was a weak link in the cast. Tilda Swinton is great as The Ancient One. Chiwetel Ejiofor performs perfectly alongside Cumberbatch as Mordo. Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer is a colleague and love interest to Strange. Benedict Wong as…well…Wong is super enjoyable when he is one screen. The villain, Kaecilius, was probably the weakest component, but not a bad one either. I’m not sure if it’s Mads Mikkelsen’s inherent creepiness made me not quite enjoy him. To be fair, this story is focused on Strange and his arrival to his place of power and everything else is secondary.
My favorite part of the MCU when compared to the DCCU (Detective Comics Cinematic Universe) is Marvel’s ability to instill humor. Even in moments where it’s not expected, they manage to add a bit of humor in very natural ways. Something I think DCCU could definitely learn, it’s okay for your heroes to bring joy to the audience. Doctor Strange reminds me of Guardians of the Galaxy as I didn’t expect to love either as much as I did.
I saw Doctor Strange in 2D, but still thought the visuals were pretty amazing. The training was as entertaining as some of the big action sequences. The world bending reminded me of Inception, the Astral Projection reminded me of the Frighteners, and the rest felt like Marvel. See this movie in the theater and bring the kids. It’s great fun and a story worth hearing.