Balancing a serious story, with quite a bit of humor and
spectacular visuals, Doctor Strange is definitely one of the better
origin stories based on a Marvel Comic Book. Although it does have a
few issues and there are some paint-by-numbers aspects, this is a very
enjoyable film and a welcome addition to the overall Universe.
Following Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) as he lives his
life as an arrogant billionaire, he drives his car off a cliff,
requiring multiple surgeries and loses his ability to be the brilliant
surgeon he once was. Learning about a way to rid of the side effects, he
comes in contact with the ancient one (Tilda Swinton). He very quickly
learns of other dimensions and rapidly learns how to use magic, all
while Kaecilius (the main villain of the film) is on the rise. Filled
with spectacular visuals and quippy one-liners, this film has it all for
fans of the Marvel Universe.
Although there are certain aspects that
are definitely questionable as to how they will work out for the series
in the long run, this is a highly enjoyable standalone film.
Rachel McAdams and Chiwitel Ejiofor add a sense of levity to the story
that otherwise feels a little serious at times. There are moments when
comedy overpowers certain scenes immediately after a tragic moment
occurs, which seems akward at times, but in the end, it is
all in good fun and helps to keep the audience in high-spirits.
Most Marvel films
tend to focus on their title character, not giving enough emphasis on
its supporting cast members, but that is something Doctor Strange does
very well. Youll find yourself caring about the main characters and even the villain at times, which can be rare. It was nicely written and directed by Scott Derrickson.
When it comes to selling a character like this to a broad audience, you
need to be able to give it the biggest budget possible. When the screen
opens up for the third act, the audience will be left in awe at the
spectacle on screen. Travelling through time, dimensions, and entering
entirely new worlds, Doctor Strange does not hold anything back, although it may be a little
too different for some moviegoers.
This is one of the most incredible looking films in the Marvel
Cinematic Universe to date.
While it doesn't quite live up to the standards of the original Iron Man
or Guardians of the Galaxy, as far as origin stories go, and it does skip from beat to beat a little too quickly, but the
execution is a kinetic and fun-filled ride throughout. Filled with tons
of humor, fantastic action sequences, a nicely developed villain, and
an interesting new character to add to the Marvel roster, Doctor Strange
is a solid addition to the Universe; proving
that origin stories can still be told effectively. It's highly recommended
for Marvel fans!