director: Scott Derrickson (the day the earth stood still, sinster)
starring: benedict cumberbatch, rachel adams, tilda swinton, and mads mikkelsen
REVIEWER: lyall carter
While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
Doctor Strange is a real change up for the Marvel cinematic playbook and delves into the realms of the fantastic and the psychedelic which mostly works.
Dr. Stephen Strange's (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Narratively Doctor Strange follows the Marvel formula to a T which isn’t necessarily bad, but apart from Doctor Strange the supporting characters are pretty forgettable. The plot works and is engaging, but its just not that memorable.
What really makes Doctor Strange worth watching is the good doctor himself played with ease by the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch. There’s a bit of the arrogant swagger thats reminiscence of Cumberbatch’s other incarnation Sherlock peppered with an American accent and skills in the dark, mystic arts.
While Cumberbatch shines and the psychedelic visions are unlike anything you’ve seen in a Marvel film before, the plot and supporting characters although good and serviceable are fairly forgettable.