I am knee deep in the super hero franchise, so I feel like it should be no surprise that Foxy Husband and I had to see Dr. Strange, despite the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch looks really weird with a mustache.
Dr. Strange was written by Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, and of course, a nod to Stan Lee. Scott Derrickson also directed the film, who is known for Sinister and the Exorcism of Emily Rose.
The cast includes Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Wong (Benedict Wong), and Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen).
The film, based on the comics, is about a famous and arrogant neurosurgeon that has to look into an alternative healing source after an awful car accident renders his hands practically useless. Mordo and the Ancient teach him about other planes, mystical energies, and essentially magic. The Ancient One’s former apprentice, Kaecilius, steals an important book involving a ritual to summon Dormammu of the Dark Dimension, which essentially would destroy the planet. It becomes a race against time and space to defeat Dormammu.
This Marvel movie was definitely different than the others. I thought they did a great job of balancing the character introduction and action. Foxy Husband and I saw this in 3D, which I was apprehensive about, but it actually enhanced most of the scenes. The building bending, the fighting sequences, the Dormammu confrontation. I rather enjoyed the eastern philosophies/influence within the film.
I am super curious to see how they introduce Dr. Strange to the rest of the Marvel gang; in particular, him and Tony Stark. Their personalities are so similar, I can’t imagine them getting along. Ever.
I give this a 9/10 while Rotten Tomatoes gives it 7.3/10.
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