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Movie Review – Doctor Strange (2016)
Genre: Action, Superhero, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Duration: 115 Minutes
Directed By: Scott Derrickson
Screenplay By: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda, Swinton, Rachel McAdams,
Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor
A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
I am writing this review as mainly a viewer of Marvel films and am not familiar with the comic counterpart.
I WAS TRIPPING OUT — really great CGI work done and arguably the best out of all of the MCU films to date (?). Maybe, I don’t know.
The actual origin story did feel rushed in development but the actual pacing of events was pretty good. Needlessly to say, the balance between the action, low key humour, and exposition of this reality-bending side of the Marvel Universe was great — and this film was all-around a joyride to watch.
What else can I really say? I went in with zero expectations other than “It’s a Marvel film” and left with “Yes, I just watched a Marvel film”. That’s saying something without saying anything at all.
I could talk about the role of The Ancient One…but I’m sure you’ve heard enough about it if you’re familiar with Asian representation in Hollywood in any capacity (sparks note version: I still think they should have cast an Asian lead in that role). No disrespect to Swinton though, she did the role well.
Otherwise, I thought Cumberbatch was pretty solid. I’m not his biggest fan — probably more of a neutral fan than anything — but he delivered a palpable performance.
Would recommend seeing this in 3D and staying until the end post-credits (unless you want to see it online) then you’re off to the races.