Doctor Strange (2016) – Review

3 Stars

Marvel studios is back with their latest blockbuster brining the esoteric property, Doctor Strange, to the masses. This is yet another winner for the hottest production company in Hollywood. Continuing their streak of spot-on casting, it’s Benedict Cumberbatch turn to fill the shoes of a superhero. Here, he plays Dr. Stephen Strange who becomes engulfed in an ancient feud that spans across various astrological planes.

Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.

The film is particularly light-footed in it’s approach to this head-spinning material. Eye popping psychedelic special effects are made even more wondrous due to the excellent use of the 3D format. Doctor Strange has to be the most visually trippy big budget release since Kubrick’s 2001.

In a role originally slated for Johnny Depp, Cumberbatch owns the character. He is charming, funny, and serves as an anchor of normalcy in a film that is profoundly silly. The visuals re gorgeous, the acting uniformly strong for the genre, and the film is a good-time at the movies.

Director: Scott Dickerson
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

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