Friday, November 4, 2016
Doctor Strange is a trippy, fantastical voyage that also has something to say.
Review by Matt CummingsIf the idea of yet another superhero comicbook-inspired throwdown has you wishing for more, your prayers are about to be answered: Doctor Strange is a wild mind-trip that actually has something to say about the future of this film universe without bashing you over the head with a hammer or a giant green fist. Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon, able to save the next damaged human but also ready to boast about it. When he's involved in a savage car crash that leaves his hands permanently wrecked (and his job prospects a total zero), Strange spends his fortune looking for a traditional cure. Journeying to the east, he meets Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who introduces him to The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), a powerful sorceress who employs truly magical means to correct people's ailments. Strange is unconvinced, until The Ancient One sends him on a trip across space and even dimensions, forcing him to realize that his mission as a doctor was merely preparation for something bigger. Strange soon learns that the greatest threat to the Earth comes from the former student Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), who seeks to break a spell protecting the planet from forces beyond imagination. As Strange, Mordo, and The Ancient One battle Kaecilius, loyalties and even time itself will be tested, while a Sorcerer Supreme will rise from the ashes of his former self. Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.