Thursday, November 24, 2016

Dr. Strange: Monday, November 14 2016

Dr. Strange (2016), with Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange, is an American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Directed and written by Scott Derrickson, Dr. Strange is a fun movie. Fantasy, from the world of comics; it is entertaining.

Dr. Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon, learns the mystic arts from the Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton, and uses them to save the world from Evil. That simple outline is enlarged by great story line detail, fantastic special effects, magic arts, a great musical score, and incredible acting. The film is everything one would expect from Marvel Studios. Benedict Cumberbatch brings echoes of his Sherlock Holmes character to this part. He really is such a great actor, and such a joy to watch. 


Chiwetel Ejiofor is perfect as Karl Mordo. He is another great actor who is a delight to observe in action. The character, Baron Karl Mordo, has been changed, and for the better. There is a depth to him, and a complexity to his character, that is a great improvement. Instead of being an enemy to Dr. Strange, he has become an ally. Although these are comic characters, therefore we don't expect much character development, room has now been left for the relationship between Dr. Strange and Karl Mordo to grow. As the film ends, we see Dr. Strange talking with Thor and his brother Loki. The stage is being set for a sequel, and it would appear it will involve Thor and Loki searching to find Odin, their father. Dr. Strange will be helping in the search, and it will be disappointing if Mordo isn't part of the team.


I loved Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, a Celtic mystic who is also steeped in the mysticism of Asia. She is a chameleon as an actress. Each part she plays is such a totally different creation. I'm a fan! This character, too, has been changed, and improved in the process. It has broadened the world of Dr. Strange, and brought it more into the modern world. 

 All the other actors were well-cast and fitted smoothly into the film. A highly professional production in all the areas of the cinematic arts, the film has been highly acclaimed, and earned a large, well-deserved, box office reward.

Even although I, and my friends, are not the target audience, we enjoyed the film. This is the ideal movie for anyone wanting fantasy, magic, and the modern version of a slightly old-fashioned story.

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