Release date: November 4, 2016
Production Studio: Marvel Studio
Box Office: $670.1m
Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5
Over the years, Marvel has proved itself as a force to be reckoned with not just the comic book movie world, but movies in general. Doctor Strange follows in the same line as an interesting watch.
Dr. Stevens Strange is an arrogant but very intelligent Neurosurgeon, who has an accident that causes him to lose the effective use of his hands. Dejected, he seeks for a way out of his predicament, and comes across a man who used to be paralyzed years ago, but could now miraculously walk. The man tells Strange about Kamar-Taj, a place where miracle happens.
Kaecilius is a rogue Sorcerer, who broke into Kamar-Taj to steal a page out of a book about time manipulation. He and his followers are chased across dimensions by a powerful Sorceress called the Ancient One, but they all escape her.
Strange is saved by another sorcerer, Mordo, who heard him ask about Kamar-Taj at the market place. Mordo brings him to Kamar-Taj, the Sanctum, to see the Ancient One, who rejects him, but later accepts him after a pep talk from Mordo. Strange begins his training in earnest, though tough, he finally starts to understand what it takes to be a sorcerer. Kaecilius attacks again.
Kaecilius is trying to free Dormamu, a villain that resides in the dark dimension, and it is up to Strange and his fellow Sorcerers to stop his invasion.
There were lots of things I loved about this movie, most notable are:
1. Dr. Stranger’s back story.
Even though this movie is an origin story of some sort, it doesn’t rub it on our faces. The pacing was good. It didn’t take years to introduce Steven Strange the douche, Steven Strange the broken man, and certainly didn’t take an eternity to introduce him as a Sorcerer. The pacing was well thought out, and beautifully executed.
2. Powerful visuals
Though we’ve seen one trick in this movie in Inception (2010) – the reality warping spell when Mordo and Strange ran from Kaecilius and his forces after the attack at the New-York Sanctum.
Many other visuals peculiar to this movie I enjoyed include, the way the portals to different dimensions open, the Eye of Agomotto and the cloak of levitation in action, among many other scenery. Kudos to the Visuals Director.
3. The comedy
This was one very awesome aspect of the movie. The characters were funny, almost all of them knew how to crack a smile on viewers, including Dormamu.
4. The wonderful cast and acting.
Though there were divisions among comic fanboys when the cast was unveiled, they did impress me. From Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange, to Chinwetel Ejiofor as Mordo, to Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, these three and a few others did it for me. Benedict Cumberbatch was an excellent choice for the Sorcerer Supreme, and I must say job well done to the Casting Director.
The things I didn’t like about this movie:
1. Dormamu wasn’t really visually appealing enough to be appreciated as the main villain.
2. The Ancient One didn’t need to die the way she did. She was way too awesome to die by a stab wound, for someone with powers from the dark dimension.
In all, Doctor Strange is an entertaining movie, it wouldn’t bore you. So, if you haven’t watched it, try to.
For those that have watched the movie, what do you think of it?