When I first heard about Doctor Strange being in the works and the fact that they got Benedict Cumberbatch to play the lead role, I knew it was going to be good. Marvel + Benedict Cumberbatch = win win. I was not disappointed. Director Scott Derrickson did a great job in bringing to the screen the story of Doctor Strange, a top notch neurosurgeon (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) who suffers a horrible accident which destroys his hands and therefore his livelihood. When western medicine fails, he journeys to Kathmandu to seek alternative healing and finds himself on the path of becoming Sorcerer Supreme.
The story is a great origin story. Yeah, okay I know the casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One was a big concern for many as they should have kept the character Asian and used an Asian actor as it would have made more sense given the locale, but she carried the character well. Mads Mikkelsen’s Kaecilius could have been a bit more fleshed out storywise but was still excellent as the villain who did not think of himself as the bad guy. Here I was thinking they were going to totally waste the bad guy the way they did Malekith in Thor: The Dark World but I was surprised. Benedict Cumberbatch seems to have been born to play the role of Dr. Stephen Strange and yes he did most of his own stunts proving once again that his talent knows no bounds. The cloak needs special mention too, it’s a hero in its own right in this movie. As always with Marvel films, stick around to the very last of the credits because this one has two sequences.
Visually mindblowing, cool special effects, good story pacing to keep you engaged, great fight scenes (the choreography is awesome!), and a dash of humor makes this film one to watch for comic book movie fans, hand porn (Cumberfans know what I’m talking about 😉 ). Also, for the first time in a comic book hero movie, we have actual magic! Do not be fooled by the fact that Doctor Strange is one of Marvel’s lesser known heroes, we all know how good Guardians of the Galaxy turned out. 9 out of 10, highly recommended!