A ride for the senses.
Everything about Doctor Strange is a risk for Marvel, the far out there character in their catalogue of characters stands out no more than this one. The ideas that can wow and impress can be used to the full extent in creative new ways, not since introducing a more humous tone back in Guardians of the Galaxy did they introduce something new in their platitude of themes.
Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) a famous and egotistical Neurosurgeon, famous for pushing aside social interaction with ex-lover, Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) shoeing in conversation about himself rather than appealing to the norm that is a good back-and-forth, is injured in a car accident, the cause of his own doing, keep an eye on the roads or you might end up swerving, crashing of a hill and almost drowning. The injuries he sustains leaves his hands out of action. He travels to Kathmandu, Nepal to find The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), The Sorcerer Supreme to heal his fingers to get back to his old life.
He’s met with Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) & Wong (Benedict Wong) who aid him on his journey to become trained in the arts, to find his place, to possibly alter his state of mind to become better for it. Through challenges and his own mind he has to pull through to stop a traitor, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) following the ideals of a, let’s just say ‘world eater’ Dormammu of the dark dimension to bring said dimension to the world so that everyone can live forever. Not so bad, for a bad guy, it stands to reason The Ancient One has another perspective on the cycle of life.
A refreshing quality to Doctor Strange (and not that this is a dig at other Marvel films) is the structure of the film, there’s more time spent with the mystical arts and theme of the film, than there is fighting and action. Now, there is action, the film has badass moments which are cleverly tweaked with the visual prowess of a mind bending VFX god to make most of these sequences come to life, in so many mind-bending ways possible.
Most of the film concerned itself with settling into the characters and then straight to what makes this film unique in the MCU, the hallucinogenic stylings create the most interesting colour palette, and cinematography that has graced a superhero film to date.
The music, mostly safe in it’s flow spices the flavour by tweaking the Avengers theme to fit with the world of Doctor Strange. That it’s stitching Strange into the fabric that is the world of the Avengers.
With the amount of superhero films that have been made, will be made, Marvel never seem to slow down. Why should they? The diversity in characters they choose to pluck from the vaults of Marvel keeps things fresh and unique. Doctor Strange fits that movement perfectly, then mind-melds it, then twists it, then sends you flying through dimensions.
What a trip.