By Juliana DiVito
★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★
Marvel’s highly anticipated Doctor Strange takes super natural powers to the next level and exceeds all expectations.
Bringing a level of artistry to the screen that’s even impressive for a Marvel film, the supreme 3-D imagery in this movie is a clear testament to the advanced technology high-budget films have at their disposal. Those who are typically not fond of three dimensional movies are guaranteed to fall in love with this one and its smooth transitions and crystal clear views.
The intense action scenes are filled with flawless performances by the film’s stars, Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Stephen Strange), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Mordo), Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One), and Mads Mikkelsen (Kaecilius). Cumberbatch brings just the right amount of arrogance and compassion to his character, which continues to make him a fan-favorite throughout the film. His mysterious and sarcastic persona is the perfect recipe for the ultimate modern day superhero.
The adrenaline-pumping action this film presents is the perfect mix of comic authenticity and Hollywood flare. Rings of fire and mirroring images become some of the most transfixing forces, along with Dr. Strange’s personified red cape. Unusual events and intriguing characters have you engrossed and personally invested in the latest mystical Marvel hero to hit the blockbuster scene.
You don’t have to be a follower of Marvel comics, or even a superhero fanatic to enjoy the hypnotizing Doctor Strange. Whether you’re an annual Comic Con patron, or never turned a page of a comic book in your life, you will more than likely leave the movie theater satisfied and anticipating the teased sequel.
The Good: Doctor Strange takes 3-D imagery to another dimension and can be appreciated by everyone and anyone!
The Bad: Not enough Rachel McAdams, but that’s the chick-flick endeavor in me!
Final Word: Marvel is bound to captivate even the comic amateurs with its mystical Doctor Strange!
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rachel McAdams. Directed by Scott Derrickson.
Running Time: 115 minutes
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence.