Doctor Strange review – A magically surreal adventure into the Strange

Marvel launches an exciting new chapter in their Cinematic Universe with a film role that Benedict Cumberbatch was born to play

Doctor Strange

★★★★☆ (EXCELLENT)


Marvel Studios have found just the right balance of humour, action and plotting in this engaging 115 minutes of origin story Superhero fun.

The wit and charm introduced in previous outings such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man feel more refined here as we are introduced to the life and world of Benedict Cumberbatch’s smartly dressed Dr. Stephen Strange. His somewhat theatrical delivery perfectly fits into this world of magic and deception.

The visual effects are standout, if a little conceptually borrowed from other films. I was reminded of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Harry Potter and most obviously of Christopher Nolan’s Inception – or rather Inception meets M.C. Escher and Salvador Dali, which is very much thumbs up in my book.

The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) creates some magical shapes for Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)
The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) creates some magical shapes for Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

The third act manages to find a far more original plotting device than the usual Superhero movie ‘smashing into buildings and destroying a city’ fest – in fact, quite the opposite.

It’s also worth admiring the hundreds of people involved in producing this visually rich film, as you may want to catch not one, but two end credit bonus scenes.

  • Directed by Scott Derrickson.
  • Written by Jon SpaihtsScott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. Based on the Marvel comics by Steve Ditko.
  • Featuring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.

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