A visually stunning spectacle with humor injected at every turn and packaged with all the suspense and action from a Marvel movie, this is probably the most concise way I would describe the latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Doctor Strange.
I was lucky to watch the preview screening of Doctor Strange just last night, and I was mind blown! I had little expectations from this movie, as I had no idea who Doctor Strange was, but I enjoyed every minute of it! The CGI, effects were amazing, the actors convincing, and the humor was timed perfectly. It’s a movie that would be appreciated both by Marvel comic fans, and even those who are unfamiliar with the franchise.
From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange”, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long, Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange opens on October 26.
The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, and Benjamin Wong as Wong as the titular characters, with Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Strange’s colleague and love interest, plus Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, the movie’s primary villain.
Thoughts on the Movie
The movie wastes no time in building all the characters. Doctor Strange is arrogant, belittles anyone lower than his standards, and boasts of his talents whenever possible. It wasn’t easy to feel sorry for the guy, but the development of his character and the subsequent anguish was pretty convincing for anyone to get invested with the character.
Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing in his portrayal of Doctor Strange, easily transitioning from cold genius doctor to desperate patient to superhero, while having great comedic timing. His interaction with Rachel McAdams, is okay, but shows great potential in terms of chemistry and witty banter.
Tilda Swinton is also highly commendable as the Ancient One. She portrayed an androgynous supernatural being well, showing how multi-dimensional an otherwise serene character is. She was probably my favorite character in the movie, being a beacon of good and defender of worlds, while also having a lot of inner conflicts and bad decisions.
It’s really difficult to describe all the characters lest I spoil the plot, but I can honestly say that all the characters were developed well. You’d come out of the movie understanding the motives and actions of each one.
The visual effects are amazing, from a topsy turvy New York City, to the infinite starry galaxy, and to psychedelic alternate realms, it was all stunning. perfect for watching in 3D!
All in all, I’d give this movie a high 9.5/10! Not perfect because there were some lagging parts, which I think were unnecessary. It’s definitely a movie I would highly recommend, bring your friends and family because I guarantee it’s worth it.
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Doctor Strange opens in Philippine cinemas starting October 26, 2016.