By: Evan Miller
Doctor Strange is definitely Movie Supreme taking both critics and the marvel fan base under its spell with great reviews and love from both. This movie felt fresh and stand alone as its own movie that doesn’t borrow any elements from its predecessors, except with the hilarity bits that Marvel Studios is all too familiar. I wish to let people know my honest review of the movie. I will be breaking up the movie into different sections to make this easier to read. The sections will be divided by Plot, Action Scenes, Characters, and my Overall view to wrap up.
The plot is all based of the origins of Doctor Strange (Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange) starting from his career as a highly renown surgeon known for his skill aptitude and being a genius who has an ego that matches his intelligence. The movie shows the promising future of Stephen Strange when suddenly it is all taken away with an accident that costs the genius surgeon, his career. Doctor Stephen Strange attempts all he can through medical science that leaves him becoming desperate to go on a journey to find the help he needs. This leads Stephen to meeting the Ancient One who opens his mind to the world of Magic and its properties. Stephen mind opened trains under the sorcerers to learn.
The plot point of what the antagonists goals may seem simple at first, though the main antagonist, Kaecilius, shows a complexity of reasoning for his goals which brings a light to the character that isn’t felt from most villains. The impact of the plot and the events they made lead up to the climax and ending is what makes it this movie so good. The themes of the story are strongly felt and puts viewers in the eyes of the characters in the film going from what does it mean to be alive to the struggles of Stephen Strange choosing between the life he left behind and to the man he has now become with symbolism that highly supports these themes in subtle ways.
Though there are notable differences of certain characters in the movie that heavily change from the comics (Mainly the role of Baron Mordo in the storyline), Marvel Studios hinted that there is a reason behind this dealing with other villains in the MCU that will play a heavy part later in the story, so if you were wondering about this aspect, I hope this helps you understand it if not only a little.
I felt this deserved its own section as the action scenes though few were highly impressive and intriguing that left me in awe and filled with excitement. The focus of the city becoming a weapon in the Mirror realm kept an interesting aspect in combat as now the sorcerers had to focus on their surroundings and fight their opponents. I felt this brought some originality to the combat that has not been seen in the previous Marvel movies that kept it fresh and interesting.
My favorite thing about the action sequences in Doctor Strange is the fact that Brute power was not the answer to the battles, instead it focused mostly on intellect, wits, and strategy. Doctor Strange being a new sorcerer who had to use his wits and intellect in order to defeat his opponents, this heavily focuses on the aspect I speak of. I appreciate the fact that Strange’s opponents were actual warriors with tons of experience which showed by how much pressure they were putting on him and gave a real feel of threat he was fighting against. This aspect even shows in the battles with the Ancient One and the antagonists. The way the action scenes were done for this movie is what really makes this movie shine brightly from the previous Marvel movies.
I will be breaking this down by each character and actor, giving my input for each actor on how they portrayed the character.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Vincent Strange:
Benedict Cumberbatch did an amazing job bringing Doctor Strange to life. This was done by not only nailing the well-known appearance of the character, but also properly portraying the personality of Doctor Strange familiar to comic fans . Cumberbatch kept the character fluent in every scene, making you as the viewer truly feel the emotions of the character are realistic. Cumberbatch I feel made a similar staple with that He will be the face of Doctor Strange that many seeing the cinematic universe will never forget. I am hoping Benedict Cumberbatch stays as Doctor Strange for the Marvel Movies to come in the future.
Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One:
Tilda Swinton I felt made an the Ancient One, interesting making the character feel like someone meant to be a teacher for others with a sound composure that keeps a feeling of peace emanating from the character. Swinton made this character be something more than just someone who teaches the main character powers, but more of a foundation that makes Strange changes his ideology and his mind. Swinton made a character who could be easily be stale or unimportant into something that heavily effects the story, its characters and the audience with various events involing the character.
Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer:
Rachel McAdams played the Love interest to Doctor Strange, and she made the character’s emotions and reactions to certain events that happen feel realistic to the audience and make them relate to the character. Rachel makes the character’s love and care for Stephen Strange seem genuine to let the viewers understand what her role in the movie is and what part she plays in the life of Doctor Strange. Rachel McAdams nailed the role of being a supporting actress who stood out in the scenes she was in.
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo:
Ejiofor made an interesting character with how the Marvel Cinematic universe made changes to the character’s origins from the comic. Ejiofor made Baron Mordo into a devout student of the Ancient One was a top sorcerer and a loyal follower to the cause. Ejiofor did an amazing job portraying the character’s loyalty and devotion, and even more did an astounding job when Mordo found some troubling revelations that lead to the character losing his grips on everything he believes, properly portraying that struggle in a manner that is noticeable and well felt.
Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius:
Mikkelsen gave me goose bumps with the way he portrayed the main antagonist, Kaecilius. He felt like a villain with a purpose following what he believed to be the Greater Good for all of Humanity. Mikkelson kept a vicious persona for the villain that made you fear what this villain was capable of and feel the pressure of when he entered the room that true terror had arrived. The most accomplished thing that Mikkelsen had done for the character is making Kaecilius, a villain that viewers could relatable to the viewers by bringing the reasoning of the villain’s goals to light but not in a manner of malicious intent but more so on a level of understanding and pain.
I felt this movie did beyond a good job some could say it did a SUPREME job…… anyways bad jokes aside I really felt this movie earned its place as being a new Marvel movie that shines with some of the best Marvel films. I feel without a doubt that Doctor Strange earns a 10 out of 10 in my own personal view.
Every action scene was intense and kept you on the edge of your seat. The plot felt well composed and executed. The ending was perfect to the movie’s themes and ideals leaving a closed chapter on the movie with some lingering elements that will come in the future Marvel Movies that leave excitement for audiences to see unfold in later films.