Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Karl Mordo), Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), Benedict Wong (Wong), Mads Mikkelsen (Kaecilius), Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One),
Director: Scott Derrickson
Cinematography: Ben Davies
The Marvel brand has always had the tendency to give a solid introduction to all their characters. Right from the Incredible Hulk to the Ant Man, Marvel has always given the best debut to their characters. Now, that is a different situation that Paul Rudd as the Ant Man was an engaging state of affairs, but his team up with the Avengers in the Civil War was a demise. Let’s hope that is not the case for Benedict Cumberbatch and his character of Doctor Strange.
I had heard a lot about the Doctor and his powers and had high expectations from the makers after the catastrophe of the Civil War. To be frank, marvel did need a marvel. Going into the first 15 minutes things are quite well arranged and sequenced. The film starts with its projection of two different worlds, one of the mystique and the other of a doctor who is left paralyzed after an accident. Scott Derrickson is known to make the perfect money ball roller coasters and his experience is what helps Dr. Strange make a big entry in the Avengers family.
As the journey progresses, Doctor Strange encashes on all the stations that fall your way in a cinematic journey. Starting with the story setup, Doctor Strange follows the very standard Marvel template of building a superhero, with the old, tried and tested story line. Cinematography and villains have been the selling point of most Marvel films and Doctor Strange maximizes on both fronts. The visual effects and the sparkling screens is what adds the tangiest flavour to the film. The film makers ensure the journey from the real world into the mystique starts with a bang to amaze you and for the next 120 minutes you can do nothing but thrill your imagination with the camera work of Ben Davies.
The acting station is well lit up with interesting performances and a lot to roam around and explore. Benedict Cumberbatch , without a doubt casts a spell on all his fans and audiences. The move from detective to a mystical superhero has looked effortless for the actor. Doctor Strange keeps you entertained for most of the ride, either with his powers or his enhanced level of sarcastic comedy (typical benedict Cumberbatch ) . Tida Swinton, Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor play the Pepper Pots, Falcon and Black Widow in Doctor Strange’s debut as they help him save the world; a routine for someone wanting a gateway into the Avengers team.
Kaecilius and Doramamu, the negative characters help Doctor strange take over possibly the best of Marvel debuts. Mads Mikkelsen’s performance as Kaecilius goes down as a notable effort in making the film interesting and enjoyable.
To sum up, Doctor Strange may be the Marvel stereotype but is definitely the best of the lot. It is the film Marvel needed after the Civil War. It’s a fairly decent watch for a rookie but a prerequisite to the Marvel people. Last of all, the end credits give a wooing moment for the Avenger fans but disappoint when it comes to the return of Doctor Strange.
My Rating: Second AC Journey (4.0/5)