In Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, a world-famous neurosurgeon seeking a cure finds powerful magic in a mysterious place known as Kamar-Taj – the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2017
For someone who literally never looked at a Marvel comic book, I've been thoroughly sucked into that world by the movies. Though obviously the creators' first love is the comics, I think they're aware that many in the audience don't know the backstory of all these characters, and the movies are thorough enough that the background knowledge isn't vital. I really enjoy the movies, and the actors, who seem never to make a misstep. I found Benedict Cumberbatch perhaps an unlikely superhero, but quite convincing. As usual, there's a fair amount of humor, and great special effects.
So, we got the Marvel Universe in film and then we got the Marvel Cosmic Universe in film. It was finally time to introduce fans old and new to the other Marvel world...the Marvel Magic Universe. Once again the best way to do it...make a movie about a not so popular Marvel character. Now I always knew about Doctor Strange but, I never read any of the comic books so of course knowing that he was going to be the next hero introduced into the MCU I was curious. Once again...not a ground breaking film but, a fun and entertaining look at a brand new cinematic super-hero. Benedict Cumberbatch definitely did a great job as Doctor Strange, he was intellectual, pompous, arrogant and curious. The journey through this film is unlike any of the previous Marvel characters along with a very different origin story. The reveal of the Marvel Magic Universe in this film only scratches the surface of what is actually out there but, the film definitely makes you eager for more. There is a great supporting cast including Rachel McAdams, Matts Mickelson and Tilda Swinton. However the highlight for me is definitely Benedict Wong as Wong, who is going to show up with a much bigger role in future Marvel films. This film also furthers the story of the Infinity Stones and seeing the power that the new one possesses only made me more excited for Avengers: Infinity War. The issues I had was the fact that the villains once again like in most MCU films were very underdeveloped and weak. Especially knowing how powerful a magical entity like Dorumamu is to be resorted to an overused lame joke is horrible.
Either way, this is a good watch, it is amazing to look at and a very curious chapter in the MCU.
This is a fun Marvel movie. I read the comic books in the 1960s and I like this adaptation. Benedict Cumberbatch is superb as Doctor Strange. Strange was a brilliant but cocky neurosurgeon with a huge ego. He is injured in a car accident and his hands are mangled. He ends up in Nepal desperate for a cure which will allow him to resume his surgical career.
There, he meets the Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton, who is a guru/sorcerer. Strange becomes a sort of monk/follower and learns to move between dimensions. Like Tony Stark, Strange discovers humility and develops special powers which allow him to manipulate time and matter. While being taught by the Ancient One, he decides to use his abilities for the greater good. This is an entertaining movie with an excellent cast. It also makes a refreshing change of subject matter for superhero movies. The special effects are spectacular.
First the basics. The version I purchased (new, via Amazon Prime) arrived promptly and in perfect unopened condition. Both the DVD and Blu-Ray discs work perfectly. (Haven't used the HD Digital yet). Now,...for those of you who might be getting tired of all of the testosterone-on-steroids overkill that Marvel Studios has been cranking out,...this movie is NOT one of those, fortunately. This actually has a story, great acting, (how could it NOT with Benedict Cumberbatch? Everyone else was great too, though...), poignancy, and even a lot of humor. IMHO,...Tilda Swinton (who plays The Ancient One) is over the top great in this movie - equal in character and stage presence to Cumberbatch. This movie has a similar story to other movies, (Batman Begins, e.g.), and like many other films, draws on archtype characters that have appeared in many other series and movies, (e.g., the Ancient One is the Master from "Kung Fu", etc.) and it uses visual techniques and CGI that obviously have evolved from other movies, (e.g., Inception). However, this movie was still highly artistically creative and a lot of fun - and doesn't insult one's intelligence. Highly recommended.
If you have seen most of the Marvel Universe films, and have reached "Infinity War" without seeing "Doctor Strange", then you're missing the backstory on one of the most important characters in the movie storyline.
Dr. Stephen Strange is a brilliant and gifted -- and of course, obnoxiously arrogant -- world-famous neurosurgeon. One night, he has a serious accident in his car, one that should have killed him (don't use your onboard computer system and drive, kids!). His life is saved, but his hands were crushed. Doctors put his hands back together, but he is plagued by nerve damage and a tremor in his hands, and physical therapy isn't doing enough for him, so he begins to seek alternative forms of therapy, expending his life's fortune as he tries to claw his way back to his profession.
His search leads him to the mystical temple of Kamar-Taj. Not surprisingly, Strange is frustrated by the pace of learning that is presented to him, and he chafes impatiently at his teachers' guidance, too focused on returning to his life in New York City to see the opportunity that is being offered.
Strange eventually plays a key role in the "Infinity War" storyline, so it is worth watching this film just to understand his role in that, as well as his appearance in the "Thor" movies. But it also stands alone as an entertaining entry in the MU.
Dr Strange master of the mystic arts formerly Dr Stephen Strange surgeon a man so arrogant and up himself he was detestable but utterly brilliant.Following an accident his hands are destroyed and he can no longer operate.So begins the adventure in one of the best Marvel films yet.He is put on to a possible cure available in a far off Eastern land known as Kamar-Taj.He is in the course of the (no spoilers) trained to confront his own demons and battle dark forces that want to destroy the world.Pretty much like a lot of super hero movies but this is a lot different than most.Benedict Cumberbatch is as good as we have come to expect even if one cant help thinking of Sherlock Holmes in some of his characterisation.He is well served with the rest of the cast namely Chitwell Ejiofor as one of the mystics teaching him the ropes and Tilda Swinton as the shaven headed top honcho with the unfortunate name of The Ancient One but she is plenty tough I can tell you.The lovely Rachel McAams is somewhat wasted as Stranges ex although she does have a few neat lines spread out.I think she will be more rounded in any sequel.The chief villain played by Mads Mikkelson is not really villainous enough and there is a deleted scene that would have been best left in to show his badness.The effects are absolutely mindboggling.I don't know what an LSD trip was like but I can imagine it was something like this.Dr Strange was never my favourite comic book character but it makes a much better movie than comic.I did have to shake my head at first to accept Tilda Swinton in the role that in the comics was a real ancient one in the form of a wrinkled old oriental guy.There are no f words or gore and in fact I would say that the movie may have been better with a 15 certificate to toughen it up but you cant have everthing.There is an element of humour also throughout which was a nice touch.The Blu-ray disc is brilliant and there are some nice extras and sneak peaks to keep fans happy.A rewarding experience.