“I don’t believe in fairytales about chakras or energy or the power of belief.”
– Doctor Stephen Strange, to the Ancient One
I had never watched a movie with Benedict Cumberbatch in it before (I’m sorry…), so this was my first; having a great interest towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe since “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”, I plan to watch every single one of its entries. A few weeks ago, “Doctor Strange” emerges with its stunning poster, and my first impression regarding the appearance of Stephen Strange is that ‘Benedict sure looks like the right guy for the job’. Certainly, this post is not about his awesomeness or talent in acting, but I would like to point out that this casting did not create an uneasiness within me; Benedict just looks great as Doctor Strange, and that is a plus to any superhero movies, as looking as close as possible as their comic counterparts is something highly anticipated by a number of fans.
“Doctor Strange”, as the next entry to the vast universe of Marvel, tells the story about Stephen Strange, a genius neurosurgeon that, unfortunately, carries more than enough vanity upon himself. One day, Strange suffers through a car accident, leading him unable to use his hands anywhere near effective; depressed, Strange goes to Nepal in search of a place called Kamar-Taj, where a man is said to have been cured out of apparently incurable level of disability. There, Strange soon discovers the secret of the mystic arts, and is involved in saving the entire Earth from Kaecilius, a former student of the Ancient One, the one with the highest power in Kamar-Taj, who plans to attain immortality through the power of Dormammu, an otherworldly being residing in the Dark Dimension.
That’s the general premise of the main story, but “Doctor Strange” is actually more than just a story where a person becomes a sorcerer, defeats the enemy, and saves the Earth; this new entry to the MCU is deeper than the hopefully-not-complicated-synopsis given above; “Doctor Strange” is also about how one’s overly egoistic and prideful behavior carry the potential to ruin one’s life and the others around them. Aside from that, throw in several pretty good comical scenes (CHRISTINEEEEE! XD, you will understand it after watching this one) and you are presented with a serious, yet hilarious superhero movie with a realistic moral lesson.
Is that it? A funny movie with some seriousness and a moral lesson? for me, yes, that’s pretty much what “Doctor Strange” is all about. Still, isn’t that good enough? I mean, Marvel titles so far are not overly deep and complex (except for the darker “Captain America: Civil War”, which I will do a review upon shortly), yet they are capable of satisfying comic-book lovers or simply those who would like to witness villains getting beat up while our favorite heroes grow and develop realistically as humane individuals. Stephen Strange’s journey throughout London, Hong Kong, and the Dark Dimension is actually very entertaining and seemingly able to engage plenty of audience with its somehow flat plotline, and that, in itself, is a commendable feat.
Although I don’t really like the climax of the movie where Strange confronts a particular being in the other dimension (I believe that already spoiled things, to some extent :\), “Doctor Strange”, overall, is a very nice introduction title to the Master of the Mystic Arts.
Rating from me: 4/5