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.
Dr. Strange is the newest entry into the juggernaut that is the Marvel cinematic universe. While it is a solid addition it does not come to the same level as the films that came before it. It does also follow the constant marvel formula of remarkable heroes and forgettable villains. While a lot of people have criticized this formula as of late, I tend to go along with the if it’s not broke don’t fix it mantra. Marvel does what works and what fans like and plays it safe, as they do with Doctor Strange.
Cumberbatch is mostly good as Steven Strange. Although I see it as almost a copy of what Robert Downey Jr. did with the first Iron Man. He looks the part spot on and that helps. Rachel McAdams is great but in all honestly was not needed, she is just a long list of pedigreed actors that have played less than important roles in Marvel Films. Scott Derrickson’s direction is well done and the special effects in Doctor Strange are next-level stuff. Quite possibly the best graphics in a Marvel movie so far and even rivaling that of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
Doctor Strange doesn’t do anything more special than any other film in the MCU but is a solid entry and a fun time nonetheless.