Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange ★★★★

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Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton. The film grossed $677.7 million worldwide and has a certified fresh score of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. Now I’m on my lunch at work so this is going to be quicker and less critical then my other reviews. 

Heading into this film in 2016 I had basically no clue what a fantastic visual experience this would be. The visuals are absolutely stunning with many paying homage to Christopher Nolan’s 2010 epic Inception (one of my favourite films) and for that, the mind bending scenes work so well as Doctor Strange has some of the best visuals I’ve seen in an MCU film and whilst it does follow the “Marvel Formula” it’s still an engaging, enjoyable piece of entertainment. 

Like any Marvel movie, you’ve got to cast the perfect person as your lead hero and for Doctor Strange that perfect person is definitely Benedict Cumberbatch. As Doctor Strange he’s absolutely perfect, he gives one of the best performances in the MCU as he’s both fun and serious throughout and once the film finishes, you couldn’t imagine anyone else in the role. Alongside Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor also shines. He’s simply remarkable as Baron Mordo and for that I can’t wait for him to appear as a villain as, not knowing about the comics, his turn at the end left me completely shocked.  Both Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton and Benedict Wong also give fantastic performances with Wong giving some of the best comedic moments in the film. 

Alongside the hero’s, a Marvel film won’t work if you don’t have a good villain, and for the most part Mads Mikkelsen did a rather good job. His portrayal of Kaecilius was quite enjoyable at times to watch as he tries to condemn the people around him to “eternal life” which ultimately turns out to be as a withering creature in Dormammu’s world. This isn’t exactly the best reasoning for a villain and it can definitely seem very weak at times but it’s still engaging to watch, I do think Baron Mordo will be better though.

Doctor Strange is a tremendously likeable superhero movie with both fantastic visual effects and brilliant action pieces. The classy cast is absolutely terrific to watch throughout and as director Scott Derrickson navigates through the different reality’s, I found myself wanting to delve deeper into each one in more detail. With both and interesting storyline, likeable characters and great visuals Doctor Strange proves to be a rather enjoyable ride and a brilliant Marvel movie overall. I can’t wait for Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness! 

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