Possible spoilers ahead!
In the new Marvel movie, Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a world-renowned neurosurgeon with a habit of taking on cases that no other doctor would.. Unfortunately, the good doctor loves fame and fortune more than the saving lives.
One night while speeding along a mountainside road, preoccupied by the MRI of the next medical case he may take next, Strange collides with another car and is tossed down the hillside – mutilating his hands in the fall. Over the next several months, Strange spends millions of dollars in experimental procedures, hoping to repair the nerve damage to his fingers.
After trying all available options, Strange travels to a mysterious place known as Kamar-Taj in Nepal. There, Strange discovers that, for many centuries, Earth has been protected by a secret society of sorcerers – men and women who are responsible for defending the planet from all supernatural threats.
These sorcerers are led by the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and mentored by fellow sorcerer Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Over time, Strange becomes a powerful magic wielder – but when an old enemy of Kamar-Taj returns for vengeance, Strange must decide whether he will use his new-found powers to fix himself and return to his former life or step-up for the greater good.
So did I like “Doctor Strange?” You bet I did. In fact, “Doctor Strange is one of the best movies Marvel has made. I’ll even go a step further, and believe me, I know how this will sound, but here goes: “Doctor Strange” is my favorite Marvel movie so far.
Go on and gasp with amazement/horror, I can wait.
Anywho, one of the reasons for this movie being my favorite Marvel entry is simple: Everything in “Doctor Strange” worked. And you can’t say that about many movies out there.
Benedict Cumberbatch was the perfect choice to play Strange. I can’t picture anyone else in the role, especially Joaquin Phoenix. And I’m not a Tilda Swinton fan, but I have to admit she won me over as the Ancient One. She even kicked ass in a few battles!
The film’s special effects were the best I’ve seen in the MCU, and the battles has people in the theater cheering. The movie had plenty of laughs, a lot more than I expected. They even made Wong interesting!
But all the jokes worked within the main story. Everything that happened led to something else, and I liked that. And unlike most comic book origin movies, “Doctor Strange” never felt like it was dragging on.
At the end of the day, this movie didn’t just meet my expectations, it blew them out of the water and it surprised me every step of the way. For those reasons…
“Doctor Strange” final score: 10