Sorry for the length, but I didn't have time to write a short blog.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Strange Is Wonderfully Strange

I am going to try and be spoiler free. Marvel's latest add to the Marvel Cinema Universe is Doctor Strange starring consummate actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the mystical superhero. Strange is a slightly different comic book hero. He is a supernatural protector of the Earth. He can bend time and space.

The movie is an origin story about how the arrogant and egotistical neurosurgeon, Doctor Stephen Strange becomes a sorcerer. To do this, he must conquer his arrogance. Along the route, he is tutored by the Ancient One, played by another superior actor, Tilda Swinton. She, along with other Masters of magic, Wong, played by Benedict Wong, and Mordo, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, protect the Earth from forces in the supernatural realms of multiple universes.  Mordo is something of Strange's foil. Where Strange is a rule-breaker, Mordo is the unbending, straight arrow.

It befalls Strange and Mordo that they must defeat the dark sorcerer, Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelsen. Kaecilius wants eternal life and has, along with his followers, turned to the dark immortal, Dormammu. The battle between the magicians is epic.

What makes Doctor Strange work is that it is multifaceted. The acting is well done. The special effects are some of the best I've seen in a long while. More importantly, Doctor Strange is like most of the really good superhero movies, character driven. It is exciting, dark at times, light-hearted at others. We see the growth and changes in all the characters from Strange's arrogant charm to Mordo's need for a world of black and white. It is, in short, a well-crafted movie. 
Doctor Strange is well worth the time. Its effects will dazzle in 3-D. I will buy the Blu-Ray.