Doctor Strange may have been trippy, may have been confusing and may have been quite funny. What Doctor Strange was in real life though, was an excellent placeholder for whats to come.
Marvel lovers will enjoy this holdover film before Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Avengers: Infinity War release; while movie theaters hope this and Rogue One help salvage Q4 earnings. So grab a popcorn, a drink and let’s dig into the mind-bending, time-shifting superhero flick Doctor Strange.
Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is what most people call an a**hole (pardon my language.) The renowned neurosurgeon, gawks at doctors’ feeble mistakes and according to Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) “spends money as fast as he can make it.” After a tragic accident leaves his hands almost unusable; Strange travels the globe for answers when he stumbles across a spiritual “cult” and a bald Tilda Swinton studying the astral plane.
Christopher Nolan probably should file a copyright claim as city landscapes bend around Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelson fighting much like the dream-state that Leo and Ellen Page travel through in Inception. Dr. Strange masters skills of comedic one-liners and breaking “The Ancient One’s” rules in between stumbling through the simplest of trans-dimensional transportation and mastering the art of distorting time enough to save the day from the dreaded Dormammu.
This film felt very Guardians of the Galaxy-esque as it poked fun at the Avengers but never brought any of the characters up (except for the after-credit scenes.) Keeping the mood light-hearted with Strange’s one-liners was a good way to keep the audience involved before losing them with mysticism talk.
With 5 Infinity Stones revealed (Tesseract, Aether, Loki’s Staff (Vision), Purple orb (Guardians) and the Eye of Agamatto) and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 coming in May with Thor:Ragnarok hot on its heels in November, Marvel fans are champing at the bit for the story to continue.
Conclusion: Doctor Strange, while albeit “strange,” is a solid film that definitely deserves all the praise that it has been getting. In the ever expanding Marvel universe, Benedict Cumberbatch has found quite a character to portray. Can’t wait to see where they go from here.
Doctor Strange: 7.5/10