Doctor Strange is the first Marvel superhero to be introduced and given his own movie since The Avengers flicks, and he definitely represents a different style of superhero. After neurosurgeron Stephen Strange crashes his car, it runs his hands, so he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters “The Ancient One” (played by Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, which rubbed a lot of people the wrong way since the character was perceived to be a Tibetan man in the comics). His journey travels through different dimensions, which will remind you a bit of The Matrix. The visual effects are truly innovative and stuff you haven’t seen before. It also has a cast that will make your jaw drop too.
Playing Strange is Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch. That’s a major get for the role, but that’s just beginning of the stellar cast. You’ve also got more Oscar nominees: Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor, in roles they are WAY too good for. Rachel is stuck in the typical “girl” role in a superhero flick. The girlfriend who sits on the sidelines and just hopes her man will be ok.
The story gets very existential, which is pretty surprising for a Marvel flick. You have to appreciate that the film wants to challenge you with different ideas, but it also becomes convoluted and distancing. It’s just really hard to connect with this story. It’s not “fun”, which seems to be what Marvel is always trying for. This film never put a smile on my face. I’m not quite sure how Strange will fit into an Avengers flick. I think it could be…strange.
That being said, the visuals are truly stunning and they are beautifully transferred on Blu-Ray, out now.