Doctor Strange is now the fourteenth Marvel movie and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelson and Tilda Swinton.
The film follows Stephen Strange whom after getting in a terrible car accident after the loss of the use of his hands, goes on the search for the ancient one and becomes a powerful sorcerer that can travel to other dimensions.
Benedict Cumberbatch is perfectly casted as Steven Strange and at first he is completely selfish and egocentric and only thinks of himself and his growth to a hero is similar to Tony Stark as well as Bruce Wayne and both of their personalities are meshed into Doctor Strange as he goes into his journey of self discovery.
Tilda Swinton is amazing as the ancient one as she instructs Dr. Strange into the mystical realm and her character there is a multiple layer to her character. She believes in Doctor Strange and wants him to believe in himself even though he can’t quite do that just yet.
Mads Mikkelsen, who is one of my actors, is the second best marvel villain after Loki. He’s slick, menacing and even terrifying at times. He was the perfect adversary to Doctor Strange for this movie and he kicked a lot of ass in the action scenes. It was great to see him go toe to toe against Doctor Strange and their scenes together are absolutely amazing.
Rachel McAdams doesn’t have a huge role in the film, but she’s always great and she provided most of the humor that worked in the film, since Doctor Strange kept going to the hospital for her help and that lead to some very funny moments.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong are also very good in the movie and they have some great back and forth with Doctor Strange as he starts to learn about the mystical arts.
The special effects in this movie are absolutely incredible. While it’s not worth the 3D, it’s still some of the best visual effects ever. The action scenes are exciting and you also care about the characters and they feel like real people despite them being in this weird mystical world and that helped ground the film in reality.
As for the flaws, some of the humor didn’t quite work in the film and while it’s the typical Marvel humor, the movie did have a few jokes that did not work, like the Wi-Fi password joke, it doesn’t fit at all with the narrative of the film and it just feels out of place. Why would you give the Wi-Fi to a guy who can barely use his hands to type and who doesn’t even have a computer? It just didn’t make sense and while it didn’t take me out of the film it is annoying. Doctor Strange does have less humor than most of the MCU films and that was however a plus. Also, the film is predictable and you can sort of figure out the plot twists and turns before they happen, but I was so invested into the film that it didn’t matter.
Overall, Doctor Strange is a terrific action film that has amazing special effects, fantastic performances from Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character and the entire cast, which makes this one of the most entertaining film of the year.