Doctor Strange Director: Scott Derrickson
Doctor Strange Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton
Doctor Strange Rating: 3/5
Doctor Strange arrives at a critical time for Marvel when the MCU is entering its final act for the recent phrase. The movie comes into an uncharted territory; it’s Marvel’s first step into the more mystical corners of their immense universe.
After 13 movies, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) starts to lose its heat. At this point, the MCU franchise is just as similar as a menu of your favorite restaurant. You know what you like, and you’ll have more of that. As innovative as these movies are, and as groundbreaking as they have been in setting the tone for modern blockbuster moviemaking, it would be very surprising if more than two or three of these films are remembered in a few decades.
Doctor Strange movie is led by Benedict Cumberbatch; despite his charm, he is still untested as a leading man in a franchise picture (even if he has done a good job in Sherlock Homes series). The doubt is there, but Cumberbatch turns out to be one of the best things about Doctor Strange. His arc is the most fleshed out, and although he very nearly blows it early on in the film. He manages to pull off making a detestable central character someone we can get behind.
Doctor Stephen Strange is not a likeable man, he’s cocky if you need clarity. Then, his expensive Lamborghini careened off a cliff with him in it. The crash took from him his hands along with his surgery talents that he’s cocky about. Strange became worthless, and he slipped down the hill with lightspeed. After a series of events, Strange travels to Nepal, where he meets a mysterious being known as The Ancient One. This is when the movie finally steps into gear. Strange gets his own training montage, but instead of Tony Stark faffing around in his basement or Ant Man screaming in a bathtub, he gets stranded on Mount Everest.
Doctor Strange full movie never really escapes from the shadow of MCU franchise no matter how hard the moviemaking crew try. The movie still falls into the same old traps that have got the better of so many Marvel movies before it. The most glaring of these shortcomings is another lackluster villain. Once again, the Marvel villain is revealed to be nothing but a henchman to a bigger foe. Such a waste of Mads Mikkelsen’s talent. His character, Kaecillius, is the leader of a group of rebel zealots planning to unleash terrible, otherworldly forces on Earth.
Not only the plot but also the soundtrack follows the wrong path of other Marvel movies that is a complete ignore of the importance of having good theme music. The only MCU movies that gave the music the respect that it deserves is Iron Man 3 and Avengers. In Doctor Strange movie, composer Michael Giacchino recycles his themes from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the Star Trek movies.