“You think you know how the world works. You think this material universe is all there is. What if I told you the reality you know is one of many?”
Marvel studios appears to have done it yet again. Doctor Strange is the 14th entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was directed by Scott Derrickson. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, and Rachel McAdams.
The sole reason, if nothing else, to see this movie is for the visual effects utilized throughout. The effects were fantastic and used in ways which some will argue are similar to Inception; but Dr. Strange takes them to another level. It cannot be stressed enough the exceptional work that was put on the screen, through an incredible combination of color, CGI, and cinematography, often to a brilliant kaleidoscope effect.
Not only do the visuals impress, there is a compelling character in Stephen Strange throughout the film. Strange has multiple moments of growth as a character, making for a compelling centerpiece to the film. That is helped greatly from the performance by Cumberbatch, from showing arrogance to eventually becoming humbled. This couldn’t have been done without a well written script.
Tilda Swinton as the ‘ancient one’ was another example of excellent casting. I feel that she stole every scene she was in. There was also entertainment value from Ejiofer, Wong, and McAdams, while they are not in the movie great amounts they do add to the overall atmosphere.
However, no movie is perfect, and Doctor Strange is no exception. The flaws stem from the villain, an iffy passage of time, and some lacking humor.
The main villain of Kaecilius portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen was rather weak overall. Mikkelson did give off a threatening presence and delivered his lines well enough but his character was not given enough screen time to make us develop any feelings good or bad towards him. It also did not help that his motivations were explained by other characters rather than by him or better yet shown.
The next issue falls within the passage of time within the film. The movie takes place over a span of years, however it is not shown. It is more implied, which hurts the film by making the audience assume, it creates an uncomfortable feeling amidst the larger plot.
Most of the humor throughout was funny, especially in scenes between Cumberbatch and Wong, though at some points it did fall flat but they were few and far in between.
Doctor Strange is an enjoyable time at the movies. Families can enjoy it, comic book fans and casual viewers can enjoy it. Despite some flat humor, a poor villain, and an iffy passage of time; the acting is great and paired with intriguing characters, the visuals are mind-blowing, and add an extra level of entertainment. I personally recommend paying the 3D price, it will be worth it.