REVIEW – Doctor Strange a much-needed magical boost for the box office

Visually, financially – you name it. This film is a chance to invigorate the box office.

Doctor Strange is another film out of the Marvel stronghold, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams. In this film, Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) falls from medical grace after sustaining injuries in an accident. When he moves heaven and Earth to try and solve his problem, he finds himself on the other side of the world, learning the mystical arts from The Ancient One (Swinton). Those skills become a necessary tool in Strange’s belt, as he inadvertently becomes involved in protecting the world.

This is a film that will likely receive plenty of accolades for its visual effects. The experience is impressive. Remember Inception? Consider this the next level, visually, to that. Cumberbatch is a convincing Doctor Strange; I like him in the role – and he brings plenty of personality to it. I didn’t understand the casting of Tilda Swinton, and I do agree that there is some “white washing,” here, but her demeanor and presence as The Anicent One worked for me. Chiwetel Ejiofor is also great in this film; he strikes a balance between calm and fierce.

This movie isn’t without its faults, though: there are some issues with the storytelling. Yarn-wise, it adds nothing new or overly inspiring, and some of the story gets a touch little cliche. This makes for some really cumbersome moments in the film, particularly with a handful of the film’s “good vs. evil” themes.

I was also disappointed with the Stan Lee cameo. Come on, Marvel – compared to that AWESOME one he had in Captain America: Civil War, this time around, Lee was treated like an afterthought. Also, yes – make sure you stay all the way to the end.

Doctor Strange is, overall, one of those magical movie experiences for the eyes. It is worth going to see – and in 3D.

Four astrophysical experiences out of five.


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