Dr. Strange (2016), PG-13
Directed by Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen Tilda Swinton
Reviewed By Xavier Emaka
Have you seen this movie?
Dr Strange was one of the better films of 2015. It’s one of the few comic book adaptations to receive an academy award nomination and is a sign of how the genre has grown as a whole. It’s not the first Dr. Strange film, but the last ones were so long ago it might as well be a film debut.
Dr. Strange follows the origin of Stephen Strange, a successful and brash neurosurgeon who, after a car accident, loses the use of his hands. Strange seeks treatment from alternative methods when modern science fails him, and he finds himself in Nepal following the story of a paraplegic who started walking again.
He end up in Kamar Taj, which had previously been attacked by Kaecilius. Kaecilius is a powerful sorcerer who broke in to steal a book held by the school. The book contains powerful spells and Kaecilius seeks to steal from his teacher the Ancient One in order to use them for himself.
At the temple, Strange is taught by the Ancient One as well as Mordo. He learns about Kaecilius and how the similarity in behavior is one of the reasons the Ancient One and Mordo distrust him.
He is taught of the sanctums of the world; three pillars that protect the modern world from other dimensions and that the paraplegic who learned how to walk only did so by channeling their magic into walking instead of focusing it on protecting the world. Strange learns that Kaeicilius’s plan is to achieve immortality and by going to another dimension where a creature that can stop time resides.
In order to stop this, Strange might have to break the same rules of Kaecilius and risk expulsion from the temple.
Benedict Cumberbatch does a great job as lead, seeming as though he stepped right off the pages of Marvel comics. Mads Mikkelsen takes the role of Kaecilius and does it justice. The cinematography is outstanding and the pacing and was great.
Some might be annoyed by the rapid growth of the Doctor, as he goes from struggling to creating time loops to movie surpassing other pupils who have trained in the academy for long periods of time. That’s one of the things that felt forced to me.
Aside from that, it’s a good origin story sure to be enjoyed by Marvel and movie fans alike.