Before I get into the film, for a change I want to talk about the star power behind the leading man in Dr. Strange. There is a rising star in Benedict Cumberbatch, often called the “internet’s boyfriend.” He does silly video gags on the internet. He reads audiobooks of classics. I suggest you find his narration of Casanova on You Tube. Then there is his work in the acclaimed PBS Version of Sherlock Holmes which stars Cumberbatch and in England he has body of work that has made him a bonafide star there for years. America was teased with him in the 2nd installment of the Star Trek reboot, Into the Darkness by his portrayal as the notorious Khan. Most notably was his Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Alan Turing in the Imitation Game. Yet, with all this work under his belt nothing will propel his star to general public like Dr. Strange. It is not because this is his best work but it is the right work to be attached to doing. Marvel movies are remarkable success stories. And lately, the less popular comics like Guardians of the Galaxy and Dr. Strange are having outstanding box office success.
Despite strong box office, add my voice to the choir of folks saying Dr. Strange is not the strongest script. It could have been punched up a tad more. Writers were added to inject some humor in the film; however, good ole fashioned intensely dramatic verbal content lacked. How unfortunate when there is such stellar talent on board such as MacAdams, Ejiofor, Swinton and Madsen. Not of one of them disappoint yet there are not stretched to vibrant performances. The saving grace for Dr. Strange is where the script lacks, the visuals astound and will not disappoint the Dr. Strange Comic book fans in be the trippy film desired to match the books.
Spoiler: My only spoiler comment is about the villains which usually disappoint us in Marvel movies. Dr. Strange should get some slack if you consider that you have ultimately two main villians, three if you wait for the post credits. Mads Milkkelson is who we see in the trailers but on some level he is simply a guide to Dr. Strange’s ultimate showdown with the more significant villain of Dormamu. And once you see the film, you will be hip to what is now becoming a classic line from the end of the film.
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