Synonym to words like: genius, miracle and sensation. And that’s precisely what the studio does with virtually every single movie they make.
Whether it’s a web-slinging spider boy, rocket-launching scientist trapped in an iron suit, a hammer-crushing god with ’80s Bon Jovi-hair from above, a super-strong green monster with a short temper or a 1940’s American soldier who’s as young as the day he helped his country win World War II …
Marvel is always there to tell a spectacular story and translate it into a certified comic-book classic!
Now it’s time to add another name to the mix.
A man who could give Harry Houdini a run for his money. A man who might easily be the mightiest of them all, since he can bent the very boundaries of our world. A man of magic. His name is: Mister … err, I mean … Doctor Strange!
For the first time ever, Marvel dispenses with the physicalities of things and introduces a world of wonder.
Forget about two guys fighting with swords or a near-perfect archer aiming to shoot someone through the heart: this movie is all about magic and how to obtain it.
Mostly you’ll see actors spinning their hands in awkward positions twisting their fingers to the breaking point – a bit like Elizabeth Olsen does with her character, the Scarlet witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron – only to conjure strange enchantments that are as beautiful as they are dangerous.
The one flaw Doctor Strange has is that we don’t get an inside glimpse into the learning curve of the neurosurgeon who becomes a master-wizard.
Reason for it is simple: there is sooo much information to share for a single movie, the filmmakers decided to jump ahead and speed up the learning process of the good doctor.
You’ll witness the how and why and you’ll see him stumbling over a few spells and/or fighting skills, but the movie doesn’t actually zoom in on the growth process.
But don’t ponder yourself mad over one flaw – Doctor Strange is highly successful in virtually every other department.
The visuals are amongst the best any big-a$$ American blockbuster has ever produced. It contains magic more magical than all Harry Potter-films combined (don’t worry, the saga about the boy with the scar is still much better than anything ever filmed on magic).
At times you’ll wonder if you’ve had something to drink – perhaps a poisonous brew or illicit drug – since Doctor Strange contains more glittery neon-colors than a gathering of homosexuals on a Eurovision Song Contest-competition.
It’s all quite beautiful really, especially when the magic is turned into a weapon or a gateway to another world.
Doctor Strange – the character not the movie – even surpasses the the very boundaries of our planet, but to say more would be to ruin the sheer mystery of it all!
What’s even more surprising is that the cornucopia* of magical spells never becomes boring. Not even when entire streets are turned upside down, or the walls and floors of a house change places for a while!
To have a movie with so much hocus-pocus and still get away with it, you’d need a director and/or special effects-team who know what they can do – when to do it and when not – and what traps have to be avoided, so the end product becomes a fun thrill-ride worth watching again and again …
Doctor Strange is a brilliant … wait for it! … doctor who has a terrible car accident and loses all ability to use his hands (which, in truth, is game over for any doctor). Sick and tired of the limited healing methods of the West, he turns to the East and stumbles upon a humble abode where a very powerful sorceress teaches him the ways of ancient magic.
What happens next? That’s for you to find out!
Suffice to say, Marvel has a long history of successful movies. And the entire build-up for Doctor Strange is eloquently done!
Knowing this character will join the Avengers and put up a big fight against an even bigger enemy – one that’s coming from the empty darkness of a distant intergalactic space – it’s a good thing this movie has achieved great success as it expands the already-impressive pyramid of fabulous fantasy tales.
The best thing about the movie, aside from the never-tiring visuals, is the complacency of perfectly-timed humor.
Yep, you wouldn’t think of this as a comedy, but it contains some of the best jokes of any Marvel-movie. As one has come to expect from Marvel, entertainment is key in opening yet another brilliant door to a strange fantasy world. And strange is the right word for this movie!
The conjurers create fantastic fireworks with their bare hands, our leading hero wears the single coolest mantle any superhero has ever worn (take that, Superman!) and there’s even a bald lady who can create a room within another room by shattering glass, or something.
It’s all quite unbelievably fascinating to behold, but nothing in this movie – not even the great magic – is made without a sense of direction. Everything is explained one way or the other. And that’s why Doctor Strange isn’t just another silly movie about magicians, but a very fine chapter within the great Marvel-book!
Oh … and fresh! Did I mention ‘fresh’?
To witness a superhero movie about guys who can kill each other without having to lay a single finger on their opponent – even though there’s plenty of physical fights – is indeed something really new and keeps the entire Marvel-world inspiring.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has played many different parts in his career, most of which are sluggish dramas, but he really takes the cake with this fantastically simple yet compelling fantasy character. It’s like he was born to do it.
Of course, when you have an actor as talented as Benedict Cumberbatch, you’d expect him to turn any role into pure gold!
The rest of the cast may not be sworn with famous names, but that’s precisely why this movie works so well!
Rachel McAdams – beautiful as ever! – plays the sweet, innocent nurse who gets thrown from one surprise into the next. There’s also Benedict Wong who’s character is actually named … wait for it! … Wong!
As always … be sure to stay until the very end … there’s not one but TWO short-but-sweet little movies after the actual film is over!
* cornucopia = luxuriance, richness
Did you know?
While filming, Benedict Cumberbatch walked into a comicbook store (in costume) and bought an actual Doctor Strange comic.
Give it to me short:
Doctor Strange is yet another successful chapter in the very-rich history of superhero fantasy world of Marvel.
This time we meet a guy who doesn’t need muscles or fancy weapons to fight his enemies. All he uses is his own imagination … and his hands. He is actually the very first Marvel superhero who solely relies on magic (Loki uses magic too, but he’s a demon, and hardly a good guy! And the Scarlet Witch … okay … SHE is the first one, happy now?)
What sets this movie apart from any other, is the sheer abundance of special effects and magic … true magic … magic you have to see to believe!
You might think this movie loses a few valuable points, because – let’s face it! – how can magic be as cool as a hammer-wielding god who smashes someone’s brains in. But that’s where you’re wrong!
The way the lead character is introduced and how he changes from a mere doctor to a near-invincible sorcerer, the mysteriousness of the East and how it’s presented through an endless stream of super-awesome natural backgrounds and ancient architectural constructions (the ancient library is so cool!) and how this entire movie breathes a totally different atmosphere than anything Marvel has shows us thus far … it leads us to believe we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg that this wonderful studio has in store for us!
Truthfully, the movie would’ve benefited from an extra half hour in which we could really witness the stumbling lessons of Doctor Strange – coz you don’t get to be a powerful wizard in the blink of an eye, do you? – but Doctor Strange is first and foremost an action movie!
And so, sit back and enjoy! Because you’ll witness magic that flows like golden liquid across the silver screen. Some of the things that happen are so out-of-this-world, it’ll break the very foundations of cinema and turn you upside down and change left into right.
Oh, and the humor! You’ll love the jokes Doctor Strange makes. So British … so dry … so good!
This is one thrill-ride you cannot miss … not if you’re a fan of great superhero stories!