Ever since the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel has brought to life a wide variety of superheroes that have really left a mark in every fan’s heart. With the studio’s latest film, Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch magnificently owned the character, and this is undoubtedly one of the greatest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With the likes of Tilda Swinton, and Chiwetel Ejiofor being a part of the film, you already know that Marvel is stepping up their game even more when it comes to hiring actors who could give justice to their characters, and make the acting aspect of a superhero film more important and meaningful than it ever was.
It wasn’t much of a surprise how perfectly Cumberbatch portrayed the stubborn, arrogant, egotistical, but brilliant neurosurgeon. He would work well with Tony Stark. I was never familiar with Doctor Strange (Take note: it’s not Mister Strange; it’s not Master Strange; and it’s most certainly not Mister Doctor.), and I think this film managed to give us that origin story every superhero film deserves. It wasn’t too stretched out, and it didn’t feel like it lacked something.
Tilda Swinton also managed to steal the spotlight with her portrayal of the Ancient One, who mentored Strange into opening his mind to endless possibilities.
The other characters could have had more screen time and development, but as I have mentioned, this is an origin story, and to focus too much on background characters who we might not even see in the future is, in my opinion, not necessary.
The visual effects of the film were taken to an entirely different level, or if I must put it in the Ancient One’s language, an entirely different universe. There are a lot of psychedelic sequences that it almost feels like an acid trip. The inclusions of the multiverse, especially the mirror dimension, makes the battle scenes extra epic.
The film has a well-balanced fun and seriousness that made the film outstanding. I do not really want to compare it to other MCU films because the other films definitely had their own fun, and this time, the comedic timing was far greater and more necessary.
There were a few pop culture references in the film, but the best one is the comparison of the sorcerers with The Avengers: the latter protects the universe from physical threat, while the former protects it from mystical threats. This makes me really excited for the involvement of Doctor Strange in Infinity War, because I think he is one of the most powerful characters in the MCU based on what I watched, especially with the Eye of Agamotto which holds an infinity stone (time stone) – he basically bargained with Dormammu by annoying him with the help of the mystical item.
With a really compelling story, and a classy demonstration of all the elements of a great film, Scott Derrickson ran away with it, and he should be celebrated for being the Director of the film.
My rating: 10 out of 10.
Mid-Credits Scene: Thor, who is in search for Odin, visits Doctor Strange to ask for his help.
Post-Credits Scene: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Karl Mordo takes away Benjamin Bratt’s Jonathan Pangborn’s power that helps him with paraplegia basically making him a, sort of, villain.
Stan Lee’s Cameo: He appeared as a bus rider during the battle between Doctor Strange and Mads Mikkelsen’s Kaecilius in New York.
Let me know in the comments what you thought about Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
Header Image: Marvel Studios via screenrant.com