Doctor Strange Film Review
So the wait is officially over and Doctor Strange has theatrically arrived via astral plane with some real magic in tow. You can call David Blaine, Harry Potter and the whole city of Orlando: none can match up to what Benedict Cumberbatch brought to this role as one of Marvel's top tier powerhouses.
The story of Doctor Strange was very different from all previously released Marvel films; it wasn't funny and it's great that it wasn't since he is simply not a comical guy. Doctor Strange was more of a drama and it’s an admirable approach because it's structurally different from prior Marvel titles. This template worked for Doctor Strange, solely for his brash temperament and challenging ways. He's a cocky son of a gun who strongly believes he can conquer anything - very much like Tony Stark. But don't confuse that similarity in character with similarity and in-skill set. Stephen Strange is no loud mouthed, condescending braggart who talks tougher than walks. He's quiet and deadly most times.
In the film, he came off a little off balance and uneasy during fight scenes but that's because he's not a combatant. But I would like to see his fighting style evolve a bit more and do more with the Kung Fu fused fighting style. The distance put between Doctor Strange and the traditional sorcerer was interesting since he can still do some pretty wicked stuff besides dimension hopping. But else will be included in his arsenal going forward? Who's going to advance his training?
He brought us our first preview into the astral plane and it reminded me so much of the 1990 movie Ghost starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore - he left the real world but yet he was so close he could still move objects if he willed himself to do so, especially during the fight scene within the hospital. This film entertained because it didn't feel like a comic book adaptation. It felt like a separate movie altogether and that's what stand alone films should look and feel like when cruising into new territories and properties.
Doctor Strange, of course, had tons of easter eggs and some of the best ones were the Living Tribunal easter egg and the Jericho Drumm references which will soon bring Brother Voodoo in due time. Speculation has run rampant that this is in reference to the War Machine sky-falling accident in the recently released Captain America: Civil War. Sources have stated this easter egg wasn't about War Machine which says so much about what's to come to the films that we don't know yet. Who else could have a spine shattering accident in an Iron Man suit? Hmmm….
Doctor Strange shouldn’t be in every Marvel movie going forward. He should be used as an occasional member because of his powerbase. Not many can match up with him, not even Hulk, who didn't always share common interests in their comic book Defender heydays. The cinematic universe may not follow this closely, but they will meet in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok film which will feature The Green Goliath as well.
Looking forward to what Marvel has planned for its powerhouse characters, how will Marvel challenge a raging monster, a thunder god and a sorcerer of supreme abilities? We've seen what the super humans can do to others and each other with Civil War and past films, now we want to see what can the unstoppable do. How will they match up with Thanos and who's likely to pair with the Guardians of the Galaxy? It has to be Doctor Strange as he's such a fit for intergalactic space issues, cross dimensional demons, and zealots thought the cosmos.
Baron Mordo may be the good doctor’s immediate enemy in the DS2 (not Dirty Sprite 2) follow up, but I can safely say it’s not over.
Doctor Strange deserves a 3.3 out of 5 stars. Go see the good doctor today!