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Running Time:
2 hr. 10 min.

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story.

Additional Info:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Dr. Stephen Strange
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Mordo
Rachel McAdams ... Christine Palmer
Benedict Wong ... Wong
Mads Mikkelsen ... Kaecilius Tilda Swinton
he Ancient One
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Dr. Nicodemus West
Benjamin Bratt ... Jonathan Pangborn
Scott Adkins ... Lucian
Alaa Safi ... Tall Zealot
Katrina Durden ... Blonde Zealot
Topo Wresniwiro ... Hamir
Umit Ulgen ... Sol Rama
Linda Louise Duan ... Tina Minoru

Doctor Strange
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!

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