Dr. Strange (2016) – 4.5/5

As someone who does not read comics, Dr. Strange came as quite a nice surprise. Having no idea what his personality, superpowers, or story was, I stepped into the theater. I came out mind-blown, with nothing but admiration and amazement for perfect mixture of special effects, script, and cinematography I had just experienced. I did not expect that at all. Dr. Strange is a dazzling and tripping experience with all the action and wittiness from a marvel movie, and the mind blowing special effects from inception. No hallucinogens needed.

Directing: Scott Derrickson
Cinematography: Ben Davis
Screenplay: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Editing: Wyatt Smith, Sabrina Plisco
Music: Michael Giacchino

Step into the world of Dr. Strange. A skillful middle-aged surgeon that is the best at what he does, and he knows it. The world revolves around him, his perfect record, and his arrogance until one day he has a terrible accident that takes away what every surgeon needs, his hands. When all methods of medicine fails, he starts a mysterious journey to regain what he has lost in ways he never imagined and finds something more along the way. Something quite strange.

This is one of those rare situations where you get everything you want in a character. You know how Robert Downey Jr. is perfect for Iron Man? Well that is how perfectly Benedict Cumberbatch fits Dr. Strange. His characterization of Dr. Strange from his very arrogant beginning to his process of self discovery, all while keeping his smart-ass attitude is engaging. There is no one better for this role. Another prominent performance is that of Tida Swinton, who has a history of portraying similar characters in her films, but when the character is right for her, she does not disappoint.

Director Scott Derrickson does an amazing job in getting the cast, the editing, the effects and the script together. The special effects take this movie to a whole new level, creating trippy but gorgeous battle scenes. The story almost reaches perfection, since it narrates Dr. Strange’s progression in its entirety but fails to develop the villain’s story. Other than a few details, Dr. Strange  is handled beautifully. Rest easy everyone, Marvel has officially perfected the formula for bringing unknown superheroes into the big screen.

Learn more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes


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