Doctor Strange (2016) | Film Review

I wan’t quite as excited for this movie as many others were, mostly because of the changes in characters and deviation I saw from the comics, however, it had Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor, so it was bound to be good. Right? Well. Sort of. I forgot to even add it to my “Seen” list and do a review. Ouchie. 

Doctor Strange
Directed by Scott Derrickson.
Written by Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill.
Music by Michael Giacchino.
Cinematography by  Ben Davis.
Starting: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton.

I can’t say I was disappointed, since I didn’t expect much but good performances, but the lack of plot and good villain, paired with failing character development, took the movie quite down a few stars. It was simply a ‘meh” film with some good actors, music and special effects. Instead of being the next The Avengers or Captain America, it was Thor, it even lacked in comedic effect to reach Guardians of the Galaxy or Ant-Man expectations. But at least it wasn’t Iron Man II or The Incredible Hulk, so there’s that. 

We follow the origin story of Stephen Strange, a surgeon who after an accident can no longer operate on patients, and is lead down a hole of despair as he tries to find a cure for his problem. When Western medicine fails, he goes to a world of “magic”. Can we all admit it is magic? I know Marvel doesn’t like it, but it is basically magic. He becomes an apprentice of The Ancient One, and must take down the basic blue villain of Marvel (in this case simply has sort of blueish-purple eyes) when he is not ready still. Basic, but since it takes no risks, it did not fail. it didn’t succeed either. 

My main praises come towards the actors, most of which did a great job when it came down to bringing the characters to life, no matter how bland the screenplay was. Wong was simply perfect in all he did. Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange, and I cannot wait to see him in more. Ejiofor showed a complexity to his soon-to-be-villain. Poor Mikkelsen did the best he could with his dull character. The rest of the actors were okay, if they weren’t in the film, it wouldn’t have affected me either way. 

The visuals were quite fantastic. The way the dimensions were portrayed, with mirrors and complementing colours was perfect, that is the thing I am looking for the most to see implemented more in future films.

Here is the music, by Michael Giacchino, which carries all the plot doesn’t, no matter how forgettable it might be. He has scored Lost, Alias, Call of Duty series, The Incredibles, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Ratatouille, Up,Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Zootopia, all of which have been fantastic, as is this one. 

As far as a MCU film, it is not horrid, nor is it bad, it is simply insipid. But now the introduction has been taken care of, and we can move into the darker sides of the story, disciples to enemies, magic’s toll on the human body, sacrifices made. So much potential, hopefully they’ll use it. 

★★★

A video on what I meant by forgettable music:

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