Doctor Strange review (Spoiler free)

AS THE TITLE SUGGESTS, THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW. OUR SPOILER FILLED DISCUSSION ARTICLE WILL BE POSTED SOON BY ADAM SPINDLER. ALSO, WE WILL HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE LOOK ON THE MOVIE FROM SHAWN BOWDEN WHO DOESN’T SHARE THE SAME ENTHUSIASM FOR THIS MOVIE! VOICES OF ALL VIEWS HERE AT THE VOICE!

Iron Man was Marvel Studios’ last real hope of scoring big blockbuster success, before having to sell off their remaining properties to other studios. Now, eight years later, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is synonymous with world-class entertainment, bringing in billions of dollars in revenue for their superhero flicks. Their 14th film exemplifies how much they’ve achieved and their huge potential to continue making comic book inspired content of the highest standard.

Doctor Strange represents a new branch of the MCU. The hero we’re introduced to deals with magic, parallel dimensions and mystical beings from places you couldn’t point to on a map of anywhere! The opening scene of the movie shows this off perfectly with a fight scene like no other. Beams of bright lethal energy flowing from people’s hands. Physics-defying movements. Buildings folding into one another like cardboard boxes. This is an experience you must see with your own eyes! It can only truly be compared to Inception as they both literally turn the world upside down and inside out.   

Aside from the incredible visuals, at its heart, there is still a well-driven plotline with impressive characters. Mainly though, the film is dominated by its title character played by the ever-amazing Benedict Cumberbatch. Steven Strange is one of the greatest neurosurgeons of his time and his life in New York is perfect. However, a horrific car crash disables his hands to the point that he is no longer able to perform surgery. Out of options, he is forced to find alternative treatment and seeks help from a temple in Nepal where he meets the Ancient One, the authoritative master figure played by Tilda Swinton. He learns the ways of the magical mystic arts and is shown that the universe is much more complex and overwhelming than he ever imagined. This conception may seem absurd to some but it does make sense on viewing.

Cumberbatch brings his own swagger and craftsmanship to the role and is perhaps the first actor with the potential to match Robert Downey Jr.’s omnipotence in the MCU. His arc through the story might seem rushed but he more than makes up for it with his performance. However, watching him with an American accent takes time to get used to since his British voice is so iconic!

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) also shines as Master Mordo but like most characters, would benefit more from a potential sequel given the focus on Doctor Strange in this outing. This cannot be said for Mads Mikkelson’s character, Kaecillius, who unfortunately is another bland Marvel villain. The action set pieces are eye-opening as we see a new approach to superhero fighting. These moments elevate the film, especially the climax and the psychedelic scene where Strange is introduced to the world of magic and dimensions.

 

Marvel’s latest offering is visually stunning, especially in IMAX, and sets up a whole new avenue down which we can enjoy superhero movies. A solid film with great potential for a sequel.

 

WRITTEN BY ADAM CHOWDHURY 

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