Doctor Strange Film Review
Marvel continues its apparent dominance of the superhero genre with the new blockbuster “Doctor Strange” which is a fun movie and a decent time killer, but a tad overrated in my opinion. I mentioned before in one of my previous Marvel films reviews that there are many good actors and actresses out there and obviously those multi-billion dollar studios can easily afford them so having a great cast in superhero movie is not surprising and “Doctor Strange” continues that trend. Apart from the visuals, this one benefits greatly from the presence of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock TV series and Star Trek: Into Darkness), Rachel McAdams (The Notebook and The Vow), Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton and Constantine), and one of my favorite actors Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale and Clash of the Titans).
The selling point here is the visual aspect of the movie. Everything else seems to be built around it. The action scenes are full of amazing visual effects that resemble the ones in “Inception” but even more updated. The CGI is almost perfect and the bodies flow around looking real enough to inject the action scenes with an amazing sense of wonder. Cumberbatch is a great British actor who usually nails every character he plays, and here he does a good job playing Dr. Strange but in certain scenes it becomes clear that he is out of his comfort zone and forcing some funny and angry moments throughout the film.
The story is super silly which is very expected from a film based on a comic book about sorcerers. Unfortunately, the main letdown is the funny but illogical screenplay about the ancient one, the dark dimension and all that mystic stuff thrown at the audience in an attempt to create a coherent story like a creating order from a state of chaos. Even though Tilda Swinton is a great actress and she played the role of the ancient one as every bit as good as expected from someone of her caliber, I did not like the fact that Dr.Strange traveled to Nepal to learn the sorcery from a white monk with a thick British accent. I think there are many Asian actors who can easily and convincingly pull the role of the ancient one off like Jet Li or Donny Yen.
Dr.Strange is definitely a unique visual experience that is different from all the other superhero movies but it is far from the best. Let’s not be very picky about everything and focus on the crazy special effects and simply say that if you happen to be intoxicated or drugged, you will probably end up enjoying this average film even more than anyone else.