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Friday, October 28, 2016

Darkmatters Review: Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange (12a)

Dir. Scott Derrickson

Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20)

Read the Newspaper version of this review at: The Dunstable Gazette

“Heroes like the Avengers protect the world from physical dangers. We safeguard it against more mystical threats...”

The Doctor will see you now – but Marvel's Doctor Strange is the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict ‘Sherlock’ Cumberbatch) who, after a nasty car accident, travels to the mystical Far East to try and find healing. What he encounters however changes everything and with the world in peril he must put his massive ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.

this might sting a little

Director Scott ‘Sinister’ Derrickson has come and a long way since making direct to video Hellraiser sequels, here he crafts the compelling origin tale for a key new member of the Avengers – just in time for the Infinity War which hits screens in 2018. Doc Strange is not like the other Avengers in that he wields magic as his super power (and is helped no end by his superb Cloak of Levitation which has more personality than many side kicks).

Packing a vast array of metaphysical abilities (OK spells then) and Doctor Strange might sound like a Marvel Cinematic Universe take on Harry Potter but this is by far the coolest magic we’ve seen on the big screen to date. Strange makes Harry Potter’s wizarding world look weak in comparison (and has certainly thrown down the mystical gauntlet to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in terms of sheer jaw dropping ‘oohhhhh factor’).

best on screen cloak since Spawn!

Everything about Doctor Strange, as a film, feels fresh and exciting, giving the Avengers universe a nice ‘Inception’ world-folding boost in the process. The visuals are just incredible and the plot bounces along without dragging, working to establish and make viewers care about what is quite an odd character.

On hand to support Strange are the female contingent of the movie. His gorgeous and talented one-time girlfriend Christine Palmer (Rachel ‘True Detective’ McAdams) who is handily a surgeon to patch him up and The Ancient One (Tilda ‘Narnia’s own White Witch’ Swinton) who trains him in the arcane ways are both great too.


Also on hand is baddie Kaecilius (Mads ‘Casino Royale’ Mikkelsen) a sorcerer who has turned to the dark side and now seeks to usher in the dark dimension for his big boss Dormammu and end the world. Can Strange save the day? It’s a new kind of magic.

Superhero fans should book an appointment with Doctor Strange ASAP and be sure to stay for not one but two end credit scenes.

spin that top and see what's real...

Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:


(4.5 - It's a groovy Marvel kind of magic)...

Awesomeness öööö – Fantastic battles and where to find them

Laughs ööö – Some great 'Ant Man' kinda comedy

Horror öö – If you're averse to magic incantation usage, step away

Spiritual Enlightenment ööö - There's no God in here but there is eternal life apparently

1 comment:

NathanM said...

Saw this on Tuesday Evening.
Good film. Not enough references to the comics.
I liked the reference to the tendency for alliteration with Mordo talking about the weapons and gear and Strange responding with 'kind of rolls of the tongue'
No "By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth" or shield of the seraphim.
The pacing and humour were spot-on Marvel, well placed and paced.
Cumberbatch's American accent was a bit cheddar at first, reminded me so much of Hugh Laurie's put-on accent in House.
I'm Keen to go see it again.
Is that all the Infinity Gems now?