Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.
The life of talented neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) changes after a car accident. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. He must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
With DC and Warner Brothers churning out garbage, it’s nice to return to the ever reliable consistency of Marvel Studios who have added another solid film to their expanding universe.
You could argue that Marvel films are too formulaic now. Sarcastic troubled hero, world ending disaster and a rather bland bad guy. With Doctor Strange you once again get ample comedy, action scenes and one liners. However, it does tend to work so you can forgive them for not shaking it up too much. After all, despite these flaws I enjoyed the film very much as I do with most Marvel projects.
Benedict Cumberbatch was very entertaining as the egotistical Doctor Strange. He brings his elegant presence to the role that is exactly what it needed. Also yes, you do get use to his American accent after a while too. It threw me off during the trailer I will admit, but it works.
As per usual though with Marvel films the main gripe is about an under utilised villain. They’re always just there to be defeated and never get given enough time to grow or really do much of anything, other than be a menace. The character of Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelsen, who is the main antagonist throughout the movie, probably says more jokes than nasty words or threats. It could be argued that this is because he’s not necessarily ‘bad’ this path way is never fully explored so it goes down as a missed opportunity in my opinion. Marvel make great heroes, but their bad guys are always so lacklustre.
Oh and as always Stan Lee gets his stupid cameo. I’ve always hated them and this one is no better. His appearances break any suspension of disbelief you may have and take you out of the moment. They’re not even funny more than half the time. This one occurs during a chase scene, which killed all tension. Stop putting him in every single film Marvel!
My Stan Lee rant aside, Doctor Strange is a worthy addition to the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s really this simple. Do you like the other Marvel films? If yes, you’ll probably enjoy this one too.