Right well here is my very first written review! Its a bit messy but hopefully you like it!
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Racheal McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Doctor Strange is the latest installment in Phase 3 of the Marvel cinematic universe. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Stephen Strange, a famous neurosurgeon who after getting into a car accident loses the ability of his hands. Strange goes on a journey to find ‘The Ancient One’ (Ominous I know), a journey that could possibly change his life forever.
From the moment the film starts viewers are plunged straight into the action, with an exciting sequence between The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and Kaecillius (Mads Mikkelson). The sequence is truly fantastic and that’s mainly due to the visuals. Now you may have heard many people talk about the visuals in this movie, saying how great they are and extraordinary. Its all true. Honestly. This film has some of the best visuals I have ever seen, even if they are very trippy. Think inception X1000 – Except less confusing. But like I said they are phenomenal, worth the price of admission alone if you ask me.
Stephen Strange’s personal character story is that of a typical marvel origin. Think Iron Man but with Magic. Especially since Stephen embodies a Tony Stark-esk character vibe. The film starts off with Stephen being one of the most successful neurosurgeons in the world, albeit with a sarcastic, intelligent yet sometimes rather obnoxious personality. Who flaunts his worth and everyone wants him to work for them. Yet after the car accident that renders his hands useless, he becomes a broken shell of a man. He then – after using all his money and pushing those closest to him – meets the ancient one and becomes a wiser man and one step closer to being the sorcerer supreme. The journey he goes on in this film keeps audiences hooked, feeling a sense of empathy throughout the film when he’s at his most vulnerable. Also Benedict Cumberbatch (Along with the rest of this cast) KILL IT. Seriously each cast member is great in this film!
The action sequences are also extremely entertaining and gripping, with standout moments (Which I wont spoil here) that keep you glued to the screen. The final act of the movie as well is an extravaganza, it takes all the elements throughout the film such as the visuals, the acting and the action and mixes them to create a successful and fun final act of the movie.
The places where this film falls short however is with its primary villain Kaecillius (Mads Mikkelson). Now Mads Mikkelson is an incredible actor, however this villain falls under the curse of most other marvel villain in the MCU. He just didn’t make me feel threatened enough. Although I felt like things were at stake in this movie, it was due to other matters (Again no spoilers). When Kaecillius was on screen I just didn’t feel scared or anxious for Doctor Strange, I didn’t feel that tension I felt with Loki or Heath Ledgers Joker (The Dark Knight)
Overall even though it does have its slight problems (Only slight I want to stress though) Doctor Strange is a fun, enjoyable, visual extravaganza that keeps myself and other audiences hooked throughout. I would happily watch it again and holds a high place in my ranking of marvel films. It is a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well done to director Scott Derrickson. I very much recommend this film to anyone!
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Next review: Arrival starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner!