MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange (2016)

Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant neurosurgeon. He is also a bit of an arrogant dickhead. After a terrible car crash he loses the use of his hands and plunges into a dark depression, until he hears about a man who was healed from near total paralysis. Dr Strange decides to travel to Kamar-Taj to meet with a group of mystics who may be able to help him.

Here he meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who trains sorcerers to protect the Universe from threats from other dimensions. Strange is initially a bit of a shit but once he realises that reality is bigger than the ever could have imagined he throws himself wholeheartedly into his studies and shows a real knack for sorcery.

It’s not all fun and magic though. One of the Ancient One’s former students, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) has stolen some forbidden rituals from the Kamar-Taj library and has contacted Dormammu, a presence from a dimension with no time. Kaecilius believes Dormammu can grant him eternal life but the Ancient One thinks he will consume out Universe as he has many others.

Now Dr Strange will have to face off against Kaecilius’ zealot army to ward off the seemingly all-powerful Dormammu but has the Ancient One told him the whole truth?

I know Dr Strange didn’t get the best run from the critics but I really liked it. It looked absolutely amazing. I liked seeing Dr Strange taken down a peg and then rebuild himself and I appreciated his dry sense of humour. I mean I guess I just like Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton. It was fun and not over-complicated and there was decent character development. I even thought his on-off romance with his colleague, Dr Palmer (Rachel McAdams) is quite enjoyable to watch.

It’s not perfect though, Mads Mikkelsen is wasted as Kaecilius, who could do with more of a backstory and Dormammu sounds like a cross between a dormouse and someone’s mum, which isn’t massively scary. I also felt like Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor, as the Ancient One’s devotees didn’t get given enough to do.

This leaves me with only two films to watch in my mission to get through the whole MCU canon before I watch End Game. It’s definitely in the upper third in terms of quality so I am hoping the next two are equally good.

3.5/5

6 Comments

  1. Never appealed to me, to be honest. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I loved it. Merry Christmas, Abbi and to the O. family.

    1. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it!

  3. I really wanted to like this film and it started of so promising but about 1/3 they somehow lost me.

    1. It is a little slow so I can imagine if it didn’t grab you your attention might wander.

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