Doctor Strange Review

Fellow movie-goers: Cumberbatch fits in the Marvel Universe rather nicely.

Ratings are based on 1 to 10 Reels

9 Plot: Script is top notch, science fiction dream.
8 Acting: Cumberbatch and Swinton are excellent.
8 Directing: Scott Derrickson brings this Marvel world to life.
10 Cinematography: Awesome, mind-blowing.
9 Pacing: Moves along nicely, especially the second half.

Here is the premise: “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) who, after a tragic car accident, must put his huge ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Strange learns that the “normal” world is in jeopardy and he must battle the supernatural forces to save it.

Doctor Strange is a fun movie, kind of a superhero movie meets Inception; it will turn you on your head and spin you around and make you wonder which way is up…and you will love the ride. The script and the special effects are what science fiction dreams are made of, it is very slickly done and it absolutely made me geek out. First the script: top notch writing, the transformation from egocentric Doctor to savior of the world is awesome without getting cheesy in the least. The special effects were awe inspiring; the way they made the city and building fold on itself was something straight out of a MC Escher drawing; totally outstanding!!!

The acting is fantastic, Cumberbatch pulls off the reluctant hero very well, and Tilda Swinton rocks it as the Ancient One. Rachel McAdams is great as Christine Palmer, Strange’s on again off again girlfriend; I do think she was way underused but she was awesome in the little screen time she had.

Overall, this is a fantastic film and fits in very well in the Marvel universe; I highly recommend it, and I recommend seeing it in I-Max…it will really blow you away.

Russell Lockhart


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