Another year and another addition to the very cluttered MCU, this time in the form of Dr Strange. But is this a welcome addition or with Dr strange get lost in the shuffle? ……Join Film and TV Nerd
We soon know that Stephen is a man driven by glories (e.g., being the best damn neurosurgeon on the face of the Earth), his eventual emancipation from his profession, and from his relationship with fellow doc Christine Palmer , is set very early on.
When western medicine fails to bring him back to his former glory, he heads in search of alternative ways to heals his hands – finding more than he ever bargained for in return.
Doctor Strange breezes through its illustration of its sorcerer supreme-in-the-making: we get to the actual good part much more quickly. Soon enough he finds himself surrounded by supernatural action-adventures on a daily basis.
Here heroes and villains have the powers to bend time and space, transcend metaphysical dimensions, and do a whole lot of other wacky stuff. Doctor Strange breaks ground in some of the most visually and kinetically imaginative set pieces we’ve seen lately not only in the MCU, but in filmmaking in general.
We get a lot of fun stuff along the way to Strange becoming the latest hero in the MCU. Origin stories can be really hit of miss, just look at Hulk, the rebooted fantastic four as prime examples that miss the mark. But this one is actually fun to follow as Strange redeems his self and becomes a force to be reckoned with.
His attitude and demeanour at the start is not to dissimilar to a younger Tony Stark – but by the end we get to see the goodness within him.
Doctor Strange brings the fun from the uniqueness of its of magic and mayhem and with a strong cast and solid acting all round – especially from ” the ancient one”.
Supporting players come to the story with, notably Mads Mikkelsen, who supplies one of Marvel’s best villains yet by way of funky eye makeup and existential rants about the nature of time.
Stephen’s reliable ex, earns more than her share of laughs when thrown from everyday hospital drama into the supernatural.
Finally, we have Benedict Wong, his enduring deadpan face lifts a few lesser scenes and makes them worthwhile.
Marvel has never attempted anything close to this kind of spectacle, a fact that’s sure to wow you all the more as Doctor Strange hurtles through the vast cosmos and between the rotating skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan.
Over all this film is very well done, plenty attention to detail which is amazing. For those who stick around past the credits, you will be rewarded with two set up scenes here. The first is a set up for the next instalment of Thor as he and Dr Strange discuss Loki over a magical pint of larger.
The next scene looks to set up the next instalment of Dr Strange as we see his once sidekick take a more sinister path.
So out of a possible five stars, Dr Strange earns:
A good addition the MCU, lets just hope he has a few more tricks up his sleeve!
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