Movie Review: Dr Strange

‘Dr Strange’ is the latest whizz-bang blockbuster in the Marvel universe, and currently dominating North American box office numbers.

Wonderfully played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Dr Strange is an arrogant, self-absorbed neurosurgeon who seeks his own salvation and healing after a life-altering accident.

 

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Cumberbatch sizzles on camera, but his star power has been thoughtfully balanced by a truly veteran cast of Mads Mikelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton and Benedict Wong (to name a few).

 

Tilda Swinton’s teachings as The Ancient One, lead Dr Strange to the mystic arts and a multi-dimensional universe.

 

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Mads Mikelsen acting prowess brings an intelligent, dark character who’s logic is quite convincing at times.

 

Given the stunning visuals created by the joint power houses of Disney and Marvel, this is a slick, new Marvel universe to explore – and I strongly suggest you see it on the biggest screen you can find.

 

The sets are stunning, with much of the movie filmed on location in Nepal.

 

Unfortunately though it’s this same strength that leaves ‘Dr Strange’ feeling a little light on depth. With so much CGI and a lack of character development (in patches), I was left wanting more from this exciting and complex world.

In particular Dr Strange’s arrogance seems justified when realizing that he really doesn’t have to work too hard for anything: including his magical expertise that comes after just a few short months of training.

I highly recommend this film for scifi fans and those who follow the Marvel universe, others will be turned on by the incredible visuals but might ultimately tune out from the somewhat-predictable storyline.

Currently playing on the big screen, here’s the official trailer for you to check out (oh, and make sure you stay for the credits):

 

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