Neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is rich, smart, handsome & successful. So the biggest highlight of our lead character in this movie is that he is Successful! How And Why?
In the early stages of the film, we learn that Doctor Strange will only take on patients he knows he can operate on without any failures and rejects the challenging ones, sending them to other doctors so they fail instead of him. The doctor is also normally only thinking of himself and putting others second or last. These are also just some of the reasons why his relationship with Christine (Rachel Adam) is no more…
One night, Doctor Strange is scheduled to speak at a medical presentation. While driving and while talking on a phone Dr Strange is involved in a major motor vehicle accident which forever changes his life…
Doctor Strange then begins a path that requires him to put aside his ego to discover the world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.
Marvel continues to kick goals. With the huge success of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel is very clever at introducing a new character into Marvel/Avengers such as the introduction of Ant-Man in his own film than his inclusion in Civil War.
The whole world of Doctor Strange is incredible and I would say this by far is the biggest highlight of the film. Watching many fight screens while buildings turn around, fold, collapse or even flip is jaw-dropping. Benedict Cumberbatch is also brilliant and it felt like he enjoyed the role and gave it all while delivering the highs and the lows of this hero.
The only things that have held this film back in the rating scores at Finesse Movie Reviews are two things.
1. As far as the plot goes, it’s not far off from 2005’s Batman Begins- a man who is looking for something, seeking answers, goes on a Journey, finds a temple and begins the training process.
2. Other characters. The overall connection between Dr Strange and our past love interest with Christine (Rachel McAdams) doesn’t carry a strong nor real connection. Any time they talked about their past or possible future I really struggled to accept it. Also, the villain can come across as dull/weak.
While I do feel Doctor Strange is not the best Marvel movie ever, it’s still a pretty damn good. Also, If you love Marvel films then you will also know what to expect. Marvel continues to offer great entertainment and exciting new characters that we will see again.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden