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Dr Strange: movie review (spoilers)

By on November 7, 2016

Marvel Studios is yet to have a dud on its hands, but the formulaic approach is proving formidable. This entry feels episodic in nature, just with a bigger budget attached to it. It’s hard to complain when fun and laughs are to be had for the duration of the movie. I loved Dr Strange. I think this is the movie that announces a new roster of the Avengers and sets the tone moving forward.

The story follows Dr Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a world class neurosurgeon who makes Tony Stark’s ego centricities look like a baller with a fake gold chain around his neck. Dr Stephen Strange chooses the lives he wants to save because of the “challenge” that come with the glory of getting it right. With Dr Strange as your doctor, you are literally in the right hands.

At fate would have it, he has a car accident that cripples his hands, thereby talking away his ability to be a doctor. He travels to the east to find a method that could heal his hands and restore his place in the heavens of self-centered a**holes. Instead what he finds the ability to harness magic and become a superhero who protects our reality and others. He becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.

Let me get the obvious out of the way, yes! The visuals are worth the price of admission alone. The hate that was aimed at the “inception” looking scenes from the trailers will be silenced by what’s in store in terms of other realities.

Let’s skip the bad guy and move on to Strange’s companion Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) .This guy is stuck in his ways, but not without his good qualities. He’s a soldier who needs a cause, and defending earth from mystical harm is his groove. Then we have Wong the librarian (Benedict Wong) I kid you not, his last real name is really Wong. He’s great for laughs when Strange is learning to master the mystic arts and badass when the moment called for it. As for the bell of the white-washing ball (Tilda Swinton) as The Ancient One, she was good in the role but I think Marvel still need to explain why they changed the ethnicity of the character. It’s a topic that need to be had unfortunately.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is now 8 years old, my worry is that the audience might be changing faster than Marvel can handle. Dr Strange feels a lot like Iron Man 1, as it should, but the audience might have moved on from these solo movies. Captain America Civil War closed the door on solo movies and proved that the next phase is all about team ups because the Marvel machine is now greater than the sum of its parts.

I likes Dr Strange, but it falls short for me when it comes to expectation, other characters that we already know should have been in the movie. I think. It doesn’t lessen the fun factor but the connective MCU tissue should be a must at this point.

Yet another good entry in the MCU, but I see this one racking low in my Marvel movie list for selfish reasons.

Did you like Dr Strange? Let me know in the comments below.

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Is Dr Strange good? yes • Is it better than Captain America Civil War? That's for you to decide • Do we rate movies on this site? Yes, and Dr Strange gets

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