The newest installment in Marvel’s cinematic universe is here and it’s mind blowing.
“Doctor Strange” is the story of Dr. Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who loses feeling in his hands after a horrific car accident. He embarks on a journey to heal his hands, but discovers much more along the way. He is taught by The Ancient One, a sorcerer, how to save lives through the mystic arts.
“Doctor Strange” is probably the best Marvel film I’ve seen since “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. It has everything- mind blowing visuals, fantastic direction, great acting, and great humor. Let’s get into the details.
Scott Derrickson’s direction and script is what makes this film so great, because it’s so unique. There’s no Marvel film like it. That’s why I prefer “Doctor Strange” to “Civil War,” because although “Civil War” did try something new, “Doctor Strange” just went all out. I can’t even compare “Doctor Strange” to any film ever because it’s so unique. But I do have one negative towards Derrickson’s direction. During the fight scene between Kaecilius, his followers, and Strange the scene isn’t very well lit. I could hardly tell what was going on. It’s weird because usually in Marvel films there’s so many cuts I can’t tell what’s going on, but here it was so dim I couldn’t tell what was going on. Other than that, fantastic direction from Derrickson.
The whole cast is excellent. Benedict Cumberbatch is the literal embodiment of the sorcerer supreme. He played the character so well, that I didn’t see Benedict Cumberbatch, ever…I only saw Doctor Strange. Much controversy has surrounded the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, an Asian character in Doctor Strange comics. Some people called “white washing” and were upset with her casting. I do not think it was “white washing” and I do not think anyone could’ve done a better job than Tilda Swinton. She probably delivers the best performance in the film, but doesn’t overshadow anyone. Chiwetel Ejiofor gives a great performance as Mordo, and likewise with the rest of the cast.
Stephen Strange is given one of, if not the best, character arcs in the Marvel cinematic universe. In fact, all of the characters in this film are given such great development besides Rachel McAdams’s character. She is barely in the film, which is slightly disappointing because she’s pretty good in it. Kaecilius isn’t a great villain, but he was good for what the film was trying to do, and he was well developed.
“Doctor Strange” is incredibly well shot. In fact, I’d say it’s the best shot Marvel cinematic universe film. There were so many times where I wished I could take a picture of a shot. There also aren’t so many cuts in fight scenes that it gives me a headache. The fight scenes are very well shot and choreographed. There’s just that one that’s oddly lit that I mentioned earlier.
“Doctor Strange” is also unique in it’s score. It’s not great, but it’s definitely one of the best scores in the Marvel cinematic universe films. It doesn’t feel like a typical blockbuster score. It feels very…strange-pun intended-but in a good way.
“Doctor Strange” does have some minor pacing issues. It begins to drag a bit in it’s second act. It picks back up, but we go immediately into the climax, which felt a little odd.
Everyone has been raving about the visuals, and it definitely deserves the praise. “Doctor Strange” has some of the best visual effects I’ve seen in almost any film-ever. “Doctor Strange” visually is a cinematic achievement.
In most Marvel films, including “Civil War” there’s a lot of forced humor, “Doctor Strange” doesn’t have a lot of it, but there are some jokes that fall flat. But when the jokes work, they’re hilarious.
Scott Derrickson’s “Doctor Strange” is fantastically directed, acted, and shot. It has some minor pacing issues, and some forced humor, but overall it’s a great time. It’s a film that needs to be experienced on the silver screen.
Oh, and those post credits scenes though!