A surprising and mind-bending trip into the Marvel universe.
After a terrible car accident, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is left unable to perform as a neurosurgeon because of nerve damage in his hands. After some failed attempts of medical healing, the arrogant Stephen Strange, seeks elsewhere for help. He hears of a man who was able to walk after suffering major, unrepairable spinal cord damage that left him with paralyzed legs. This man directs Strange to Nepal, in hopes of restoring his physical abilities by someone called “The Ancient One” (Tilda Swinton). Here, Dr. Strange’s beliefs are challenged and he learns the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Through a spiritual awakening, he voyages on a healing journey into the world of the mystic arts. In contrast to other superheroes whom protect the earth from physical threats, the students of The Ancient One protect the earth from mystical and magical threats. Fellow students Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong) join in on a battle against a former student gone rogue, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen).
Doctor Strange (2016) is a fantastical mind trip with a lot of action. The visual effects are impressive, with scenes very much reminiscent of Inception (2010). Having seen this in 3D, it’s difficult to tell if I would have enjoyed it as much without the eye-popping details. The slight homage and cameo of Aldous Huxley’s Doors of Perception might make you feel like you are on something during certain scenes (or not). This psychedelic vibe adds a great deal of excitement to the adventure of Strange.
The storyline of Doctor Strange is simple and easy to follow. The director’s use of the running time is used very well. There didn’t seem to be any filler scenes, making almost all scenes useful and to the point. Along with the magnificent effects, it features some great acting performances and notable writing. These attributes makes this film a little unique, compared to other comic book movies as of late.
Director: Scott Derrickson
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen
Release Date: November 4th, 2016
Text: Jennifer Britt Lundberg Hansen