Movie Title: Doctor Strange
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 55 min.
Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo
Where did I watch it?: Home
Doctor Strange opens with a robbery at a mystical monastery. The robbery seems to be foiled before we meet our soon to be hero Dr. Stephen Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch. He is a braggart and like most marvel heroes about to be exposed to a terrible fate because of his weaknesses. A proud surgeon and wreckless driver, Strange crashes his car in a horrific accident that mangles his hands. Strange soon sinks into mania and depression.
This leads Strange to go on a quest to recover the use of his hands where he soon enters a universe of magic and wonder. The special effects in the movie are really interesting. The manipulation of time and the special effects related to it make this movie possible. I could not imagine this movie being made even 10 years ago, never mind earlier.
In counterpoint to the effects, the performances are understated, but strong. Everyone pulls through in their role including Cumberbatch who is genuinely funny as Stephen Strange. Also of note is Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Rachael McAdams as Strange’s on again / off again girlfriend, and Benedict Wong as a librarian. Mads Mikkelsen, always one for eye effects, does a good job in the one dimensional role of Kaecilius.
Is Doctor Strange a complicated movie? No. But, it is really damn pretty and the story works well.
It is just so pretty. The story works. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)