REVIEW – Doctor Strange

Chris Polo, Staff Writer

   If you like films with superheroes and outstanding special effects, then you will love the newest Marvel film, Doctor Strange.

   This movie in particular is different from most superhero movies. It’s not the classical super strength or ability to fly. Time, space, and multidimensional universes play the biggest factor in this film.

   Also the hero’s name doesn’t end with “man” like most.

   Doctor Strange stands out because the hero in this movie is not necessarily a big, strong or athletic person. The abilities that are utilized come from sorcery, extreme focus, and the mind.

   Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the role of  Stephen Strange, or Doctor Strange, has played roles in the past with similar personalities. It even seems like a pattern with the kinds of roles he plays.

   Cumberbatch has played to role of Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s “Sherlock” ever since 2010. Sherlock Holmes, an arrogant, but brilliant man who is very educated. He also played the role of Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game” who was also a brilliant and educated person. Doctor Stephen Strange is a phenomenal surgeon who is also arrogant. All three of these roles for Cumberbatch also share the characteristic of a very determined man.

   The acting as a whole is great. It is all believable and the dialogue convinces you that the movie is real and it snatches all of your attention with the emotion that is expressed. Whether it is humor, anger, desperation, or arrogance, it makes the audience feel that emotion.

   The music even helps evoke emotion in this movie, but it does not get in the way. It is not excessive and it is used during the right and critical times of the film.

   Cumberbatch does a great job in this movie by expressing the arrogance in his character and portrays the characters emotions very well to the point you can feel a certain appreciation for the character or even hatred as if you are in the movie or if the movie is real. As Cumberbatch helps make the movie good, the other contributing factor is the special effects.

   The special effects in this movie are absolutely mesmerizing. This film involves a lot of manipulating and using other dimensions to your advantage in a way to the point where the characters will control the universe. The special effects are definitely the biggest and most noticeable contributing factor of the movie.

   With all of the constant effects it many could easily think that the movie was too reliant on them. Although that is not the case with Doctor Strange. The movie is edited very well, the effects look real and the pace which seems fast at first, settles in for the audience as the movie goes on.

   This movie is unique unlike most of the other Marvel films. It is unique in a good way and is definitely a good movie to watch for all audiences.

Doctor Strange

Director: Scott Derrickson

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwtel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton

Rating: PG-13

Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy