What’s it about?
Doctor Strange is the latest superhero origin story from the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU).
It is the story of Stephen Strange, a gifted but arrogant surgeon, whose world changes forever when he gets into an accident that renders his hands useless. After western medicine fails him, his desperation leads him to the doorstep of a mystic cult that changes his perception of reality forever. Meanwhile, a dark threat looms that threatens to end the world as we know it. His journey of learning the mystic arts, his self discovery and finally the acceptance of his destiny, make up the rest of the film.
Action sequences are some of the best in the MCU. Also, since the story deals with magic and mysticism, the feel of the film feels refreshingly different from the rest of the Marvel films. The mystical inter dimensional elements are handled with great visual flair, which makes for great viewing in 3 D.
Stephen Strange’s training in mystical arts feels a little rushed. Maybe some more time could have been spent on it. Also, the VFX for the main villain in the climax feels very generic. Also, the pre-climactic fight is the best sequence in the film, which makes one feel a little underwhelmed by the climax. But these are just minor things that does not take away from an otherwise entertaining film.
Benedict Cumberbatch does an excellent job as Doctor Strange. In spite of Dr.Strange being very similar to iron man in terms of character, he manages to portray him in his own individualistic way. Tilda Swinton, as The Ancient One brings a certain calm and depth to her character. Mads Mikkelsen is good in his small role as the villain, but the role itself feels one dimensional. Chiwetel Ejiofor is cast in a role whose scope is limited in this movie but will probably have more to do in the sequels. Rachel McAdams is there for about 10 minutes in the film, but leaves an impression.The rest do not have much scope, but ably support the main cast.
An excellent addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this film is a visual treat for the viewer.
3.5 / 5 stars.