So far the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has produced, in my opinion, four outstanding films, ten good films and zero duds. If you are counting, that is 14 hits and no misses – a rather remarkable achievement.
Can Doctor Strange uphold this achievement? The answer is yes, but not without flaws.
Watching this film in IMAX 3D blew my mind. Doctor Strange offered a visual experience beyond anything I’ve seen on screen. Visually, it is Inception on steroids with psychedelic sequences sprinkled in between. Despite such daring visuals, the special effects never took me out of the film. Somehow this film managed to ground such out-of-this-world visuals with convincing and engaging characters. Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor were brilliant as the Ancient One and Baron Mordo. Their interactions with Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, Dr. Stephen Strange, brought the humor and gravitas to the film. As the star and the titled character, Cumberbatch was perfect as the egotistic neurosurgeon turned sorcerer surpreme. I cannot wait to see how he interacts with the rest of the Marvel gang – particularly the equally eccentric Tony Stark.
As an origin film, Doctor Strange had a lot on its plate. The story worked well – for the most part. Unfortunately, Doctor Strange suffered from what I called the marvel-less villain. Mads Mikkelsen was once again imposing as a villain, but once again, the villain was only there to further the plot. His motivation wasn’t convincing and was sometimes muddled. Fortunately for me, this didn’t detract too much from the film. I ate up every single moment spent with with the trio of Dr. Strange, the Ancient One and Baron Mordo.
With Doctor Strange, Marvel successfully tapped into the yet unexplored realm of magic and sorcery. The consequence of introducing such divine power will have far reaching consequences within MCU. Because of this, I am excited to see where they go next.
Rating: If you enjoy Marvel films, find the biggest screen and watch it in 3D!