DOCTOR STRANGE Review — The Most Marvel-ous of All

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DOCTOR STRANGE Review: Worth springing extra for IMAX 3D, but spectacular in any format

Doctor Strange reviewBy Staci Layne Wilson

After super-skilled neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has his precious hands pulverized in an accident, he’s understandably distraught and desperate to find a way to salvage his career. So he hightails it to Kathmandu in Nepal, where a secret order of magicians led by The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) not only restores his dexterity but imbues him with mystical powers beyond belief.

Doctor Strange may come as a rather psychedelic surprise to fans of the rote Marvel CGI fests of late. It’s really a treat to see that the studio allowed director Scott Derrickson, who’s known for his horror movies, to strut his creative stuff here. Seems he’s influenced by Dali, Escher, Christopher Nolan’s Inception, kaleidoscopes, and of course, the original illustrated Stan Lee comics themselves.

The actors – including Mads Mikkelson as the villainous Kaecilius – fold seamlessly into the visual maelstrom. Like most spectacle flicks, Doctor Strange really is best-seen on the big screen. The story lends itself well to 3D, which is more than I can say for a lot of these epic sagas.

Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Doctor Strange and his alter ego Sorcerer Supreme is laced with equal parts mystical mastery and aw-shucks self-deprecating humor. The talented and lovely Rachel McAdams as “the girlfriend” is given little to do, but she’s always good even in small roles. She brings a groundedness to the otherwise otherworldly and stratospheric origin story of an iconic character.

Aside from the dazzling eye-candy, this is a pretty thought-provoking movie. Doctor Strange is on par with the first Captain America and Iron Man in terms of establishing a superhero character we’ll all be getting to know better in the years to come. Highly recommended.

1 Hour  55 Minutes
Rated PG-13

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DOCTOR STRANGE Review — The Most Marvel-ous of All

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Staci Layne Wilson

Staci Layne Wilson

Staci Layne Wilson is an accomplished writer / director / producer / film critic and the author the bestseller So L.A. - A Hollywood Memoir. Find her on

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  1. DTRUTHWILLSETYAFREE on November 10, 2016 at 3:47 am

    It is critic sheep like you that clearly have no clue what a comic book movie should be , so you fucking like everything that is being delivered by the Disney abomination of a comic book division, they take inspiration from great movie like Inception , Batman Begins and then throw some super easy obvious humor and done. We have a huge funny hit for the critic sheep to enjoy and praise, while good movies you are kicking to the ground, and making studio executives try and all make the same flat movies with no substance. So its fuck heads like you that score shit like this 90 % , then movies like The Accountant, Inception, Batman Begins are lower than this piece of shit, next thing i know this is better than The Godfather, Shawshank, Goodfellas etc. Who gave you credentials to become a critic, what the fuck do you know about cinema in the first place, or you just want to be safe and go with the sheep mentality ?

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