From the studio that’s brought you’re favorite superheroes into the big screen and made them big blockbusters time and time again, comes the next installment from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe: Doctor Strange.
***WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW***
The stern charisma that Benedict Cumberbatch brings into Dr. Stephen Strange breathes new life into the newest member of Marvel’s ever expanding repertoire of heroes. Its hard to imagine someone else could’ve been able to embody the character as well as Cumberbatch.
In some aspects, Strange’s character parallels Tony Stark and his journey from billionaire playboy to selfless hero. A character’s internal conflict is, in my regards, one of the most interesting things to see in any narrative. It grounds characters so that they can be relatable. Unfortunately, this was not the case with secondary characters. They had less screen time to efficiently create a connection with the audience. They only served their intended purpose in Strange’s journey.
The highlight from this movie would have to be its visual prowess. Without it, the film would have failed to deliver its intricate story as well as it did.
But just like the rest of the Marvel movies, the major flaw lies with its villains. Although for the most part, Mikkelsen’s character Kaecilius posed a threat against Strange, in the final act all of that is flushed down the drain. It was just too convenient for Dr. Strange to bargain with Dormammu, who up until this point was being described as pure evil and an unstoppable entity. And yet he was defeated by a time loop that Kaecilius managed to break from. The only thing Dormammu had to do for Strange to break the loop was to promise he would leave Earth alone and that he would never threaten it again. Like what, he just crossed his heart and hoped to die? If he is supposed to be such an evil entity why didn’t he just deceive Strange and after being set free from the loop attack?
Overall Doctor Strange is an innovative new addition into the MCU with its only flaw being its villains, just like every other Marvel movie.
Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.