Title: Dr. Strange
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
Runtime: 1 hr 55 mins
What It Is: Talented surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) never met a headline he didn’t want to be a part of. When he gets in a car accident and destroys his hands he can no longer perform his duties. He seeks help from all the best sources but when he finds no solace he has to go elsewhere. Finding The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and her ability to bend beyond our realm. Dr. Strange takes to this rather well and shows he has all the skill needed in order to defeat a former student of The Ancient One. The very powerful summoner Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) as he looks to summon the ancient evil known as Dormammu.
What We Think: Not Marvel’s strongest narrative, however, it is one of their most visually stunning features. Cumberbatch is pitch perfect as the titular Dr. this dude really does have a grasp on the character. Chiwetel Ejiofor is really good as Baron Mordor the humble yin to Strange’s braggadocious yang. Here’s the thing, though, once again Marvel has proven it has no idea what to do with its villains they practically waste Mikkelsen on a super uninteresting character. Likewise wasting a character like Dormammu here? That’s an unforgivable sin all its own.
Our Grade: B-, Fun, funny and packed with crazy action this is a really good intro to a character that is so interesting. He may be the conduit between the MCU and the Galactic Cinematic Universe. What do you do from a villainous standpoint? You’ve wasted Dormammu? There isn’t anything much you can do. Marvel will be bringing us Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok next. I look forward to seeing how that expands the MCU even further into the galaxy.