Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Release Date: 11.4.16 (US) / 26.10.16 (UK/IRL)
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
I didn’t know what to expect when going to see Doctor Strange. I’m an avid comic book reader, and a huge Marvel Comics fan, alas Doctor Strange would be one of the characters I would be least familiar with. Not as a choice, but it just always happened that he was never one of the main characters in any of the Marvel comics I read, and those he did appear in, he always had a minor role, whether it be a guest appearance or as a reference. That said, I loved the movie, and it was truly what could be considered a Marvel classic. I went with three friends of mine, who would be even less familiar with the character than I, and even they were impressed.
There was a great element of comedy within the movie. But not to the point where it took over the movie. Learning Doctor Strange’s story was intriguing. While I was familiar with the story of how he became a sorcerer, it was fascinating to see it unfold in full on the big screen. There was also a great focus on making sure that the Avengers were referenced and that they were very much part of the same world as he is, to the point where we even know that the events of Doctor Strange take place during Captain America: Civil War. There are other elements that tie the movie to the other Marvel movies, and to upcoming ones too, but I can’t mention them without spoiling it for you. You’ll have to find that out for yourself.
That last point leads me to picking out something I didn’t like about the movie, which is leading me to yell:
While I’m not 100% familiar with Doctor Strange, I am familiar with his origin story, so when I realised they were changing who is first big bad guy was going to be, I was sorely annoyed. Again I can’t mention any names, but they make Strange go up against Kaecilius and his minions, yet in the comic books Kaecilius is a disciple of Baron Mordo. Mordo plays a role in the Doctor Strange movie, but not as villain, but as I guess what you could call a mentor-come-sidekick to Strange. This annoyed me very much, because I am all about keeping origin stories faithful to the original. So when I realised that they’re doing it back to front, it disgruntled me to say the least. They did leave the ending very much open though, and I have a funny feeling we will be seeing a lot more of Mordo.
Overall it was a great movie. Like I mentioned at the beginning, I had no idea what to expect when walking into the theatre, so I think it’s safe to say I was happily entertained. I’d love to go watch again, in fact, and from what I’ve heard from a few people, they’ve said they would go see it again too! I’m also a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, so it was great to see him play such a different role. The cast overall were great, and Mads Mikkelson’s take on Kaecilius was brilliant too. I definitely can’t wait to see Doctor Strange in future Marvel movies!