Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Review: Dr Strange

New style post for me today, my first movie review.

 There will be no major plot spoilers for those who have not seen the film.

Read the full review after the break
DR. Strange Movie Review

This Autumn we see Marvel release what is coined as a Phase 3 movie  Dr Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role.

I am a fan of BC's work having enjoyed Sherlock, Imitation Game, War Horse,( let's not talk about Khan) and was intrigued to see him take on this role. He has all the attributes of the comic hero and a good physical casting.

The movie is fast paced and not the usual 2 and half epic that Marvel hits with but an rightly paced 1 hour and 45.

It follows a well trod and tested formula of introducing a new character to movie goers that are not that versed in the Marvel comics. Opening scenes see the ego driven surgeon saving a life that no one else could save, then the banter scene with a previous romantic interest. Leading to the accident that changes him from being the acclaimed surgeon to man desperate to regain his former life.

With being at the bottom and no where else to go he follows a path to The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton and there he learns the arts and powers to become Dr Strange.

No Hero is a Hero without a villain I mean what kind of Marvel film would it be without having to save us poor mortals from some villain hell bent on destroying, enslaving the world. Mads Mikkelsen plays Kaecilius who plays the major on screen adversary taking away the 80's glam rock eye make up and desire to walk or run down any street that he can find, he was just not given enough to show his acting talent and ability. From Casino Royal through to Hannibal I have been a great fan of his work and the belief he puts into his character. That is not to say that he just turned up, but more as they did not give him a script of the scenes to really show what he can do to make the character more believable, the same issues I had for BC when he played the role of Khan.

So the film plays out with ego driven not yet hero, being stripped to base level and then being trained. (No montage music gutted) then pushing the limits of what he knows and should not know tittering on the edge of not playing the laws of nature blah blah blah blah..............

If you are a regular movie goer or watch well written TV shows the ending and the hidden scenes where you spend another 10 minutes laughing a funny names and wondering what is a Best Boy then you kinda guessed it prior to seeing it.

All in all an enjoyable movie but not one that I would rush to see or buy.

More interesting to see how Dr Strange fits into the current Hero's and if Marvel are looking to have BC carry on from Where Rob, Chris , Scarlett and Chris have lead the franchise.

So for my first review this earns a 3 out of 5

If you have seen the film let me know what you thought in the comments below.

Did you like my review or would you like to have seen a different slant again comments below

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