Doctor Strange (2016)

Directed by Scott Derrickson

Contains spoilers.

While most of Marvel's cinematic universe plays to a very gritty, realistic standard, Doctor Strange plays by it's very own set of new, mystical rules.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the titular Stephen Strange, a narcissistic, self-motivated, and extremely proud neurosurgeon. On the way to speak at a nearby conference, and simultaneously glancing at his phone to read medical files, Strange wrecks his Lamborghini. After waking up in the hospital he's devastated to find extensive titanium apparatuses in his hands to help his bones heal: his days as a surgeon are over. Ever trying to fix the massive nerve damage he's sustained, Strange finds hope in a longshot: Eastern medicine. After traveling to Nepal and managing to find a specific temple, Strange is introduced to the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). Strange eventually proves his drive and worth to the Ancient One, and the Masters of Mystic Arts begin to teach him. Despite initial setbacks he learns quickly and eventually learns about Kaecilius, an influential follower of the Ancient One who's turned his back on them, choosing instead to fight for a demon named Dormammu and attempting to damn Earth to Dormammu's sinister "dark dimension." When Kaecilius and his disciples begin attacking the strongholds of the Masters of Mystic Arts, Strange begins fighting them out of necessity. Although initially fighting out of self-preservation, he realizes the responsibility inherent with his newfound strength, as well as the real danger that could become of his inaction, and begins actively fighting to stop Kaecilius.

Part of what makes Doctor Strange so entertaining is that it breaks Marvel's previously established serious tones. Whereas Captain America is down in the dirt, nitty gritty realism, this film falls much more in line with Guardians of the Galaxy in terms of mood. Derrickson foregoes the dramatic seriousness that pervades other Marvel ventures and embraces the wild and... dare I say comical ...nature of the magic that is the most basic of baselines required to tell the story of Doctor Strange. Having said that, there's obviously much more to the film than it's magic visuals, but that is one of the most intense inclusions of the film and will go down as one of the most memorable parts.

 

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  • Acting – 17 / 20
  • Story – 14 / 20
  • Cinematography – 16 / 20
  • Soundtrack – 7 / 10
  • Entertainment Factor – 8 / 10
  • Superhero/Fantasy – 7 / 10
  • Other – 5 / 10
 

Grade C = 74 / 100