Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen and Rachel McAdams and it is the introduction of the latest Marvel character Doctor Strange.
I need to explain something before I get into the actual movie, Marvel Universe has a lot of different sides for example we have the scientist who use science to get stronger like Ironman and Hulk, we have people like Captain America and Spider-man and Ant-Man who are also their creation, we also have the highly trained government agents like Hawkeye and Black Widow, The gods like Thor and Loki, the Aliens like Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange marks the entry of Magic to the MCU. Keeping that in mind the movie comes with a ton of Exposition which could have been disastrous if not done properly, and I am glad to say it was done really really well.
The film stars Stephen Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch as one of the top sergeants alive and arrogance and ego gets into a car crash that makes him lose the use of his hands for surgery, when medicine fails to cure his condition he seeks other means and that leads him to The Ancient One played by Tilda Swinton and then he begins his journey toward becoming a Sorcerer. meanwhile a former student of the Ancient One played by Mads Mikkelsen has stolen a forbidden spell and is planning to destroy the world in some fashion.
The performances are top notch as expected from a cast of this caliber especially from the leading man, he brings depth and emotion and humor to his character which made me instantly care about him, maybe I am being a fan boy because I like Cumberbatch a lot and Doctor Strange is one of my favorite Marvel characters but despite that I really like his screen presence and he is really fun as Strange. the rest of the cast is as good if not even better in case of Tilda Swinton she is marvelous as a complex and mysterious character. Mads Mikkelsen is also great despite the fact that his character is a bit weaker than the rest.
One of the high points of the film is the really amazing visual effects, it is really beautiful and can make you feel like you are tripping on LSD, there is a sequence at the beginning that reminded me a lot of 2001 A Space Odyssey’s wacky sequence and it is really beautiful, the inception like vibes you get from the action scenes are really beautifully made and it is really one of the highlights of the movie.
Verdict : Doctor Strange is a great movie serving as an origin story for the new MCU comer, he is going to be one of the Flagship characters for post Infinity War MCU so I suggest you go and watch this amazing film.