Marvel's latest project introduces the world to yet another superhero, Dr. Strange. Whilst it may seem like one too many, it soon becomes clear how he fits into the extended universe.
Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a renowned surgeon who becomes paralysed in a fatal car crash, losing his ability to operate. Striving to regain control of his hands, he travels to Nepal in search of Kamar-Taj, a place rumoured to offer healing, only for him to discover much more lies within those walls.
Taught by The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Stephen Strange begins to widen his horizons on what he knew about reality, and becomes engrossed in the world of sorcery, just in time as one of The Ancient One's former students Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) attempts to bring chaos from The Dark Dimension to engulf the world.
Featuring some truly stunning visuals, the psychedelic imagery and action choreography make this film stand out amongst the library of other Marvel films. These sequences were a complete joy to watch and in particular when Dr Strange manages to harness time, some of the effects were spectacular.
Unfortunately, the beauty of the film is carried over a somewhat linear and formulaic plot, which is acceptable, but I did expect a bit more from Marvel. Relying on visuals alone will not suffice, but CA: Civil War is a tough act to follow.
However, now that Dr. Strange has been introduced, his character can freely roam and be developed in other projects, which is likely to happen in the upcoming Thor: Ragnorak and Avengers Infinity War.
Ultimately, Dr. Strange is a popcorn blockbuster with stunning visuals that doesn't require too much brain or emotional connection.
Benedict Cumberbatch- Dr. Strange
Tilda Swinton- The Ancient One
Rachel McAdams- Christine Palmer
Mads Mikkelsen- Kaecilius
Chiwetel Ejiofor- Karl Mordo
Dr. Strange is a psychedelic visual feast for the eyes. The trippy world bending physics and action choreography will have you on the edge of the seat. The only downfall to the film is the linear and formulaic plot.
A very enjoyably movie overall, the exciting potential of these characters and storylines will continue in upcoming Marvel projects, and I cannot wait to experience more of the craziness.