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Here is my review of Doctor Strange (Released at Cinema in October 2016) which my family and I saw at the cinema recently.

To those unfamiliar with Doctor Strange, he is not your typical superhero as he doesn’t have super powers or gadgets, instead Doctor Strange relies on magic, astral planes, time travel and extra dimensions to fight evil. I have read a couple of comics, watched a couple of cartoon versions and so know a bit about him but wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw this film. However, I did expect a lot more than the 1978 TV film version which starred Peter Hooten. Yes I am afraid I was the one person that watched that when it first came out. This TV film was meant to be pilot for a TV series, but it was never picked up as a series. Surprisingly it did not put me off superhero movies.

Anyway Back to the 2016 version. Doctor strange is played by Benedict Cumberbatch and is the 14th film in the Marvel Universe. When we first meet him at the start of the film Doctor strange is a brilliant neurosurgeon (well the very best on Earth in his humble opinion) who is egotistical, arrogant and rude to his colleagues and every one else around him. He is involved in a serious car accident (caused by his own arrogance), which disintegrates the bones in his hands along with his identity. As his ego shrinks, Strange comes to see himself as a “tiny speck in an indifferent universe”. Desperate for a remedy so that he can regain his identity, Doctor Strange travels to Nepal, where he comes in contact with The Ancient One. She is an ageless entity who offers to revive his hands while simultaneously awakening his consciousness to the unseen powers of the multiverse. However, she is actually training him to make him a defender of the planet.

We are told that whilst the Avengers fight physical enemies, the ancient one and her defenders are here protect the world against mystic threats. Who Operate from sanctums across the globe. They can leap between realities and dimensions, portal-hopping to present-day London and New York in an instant.

While Doctor Strange learns to tap into these energies and learn about astral projection, parallel dimensions and time travel he still remains desperate to find the key to healing his hands which are still scarred and shaky from surgery. Meantime, he must confront Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), a former pupil to The Ancient One who has stolen pages from her sacred texts pertaining to eternal life and is trying to steal all of the Earth’s time and is planning to turn it over to an evil lord called “Dormammu” of the Dark Dimension.

Can he save the day? you will have to watch it to find out :).

Well, what can I say. To start with, this was not your  typical Marvel film as it deals with mind-bending concepts such as parallel dimensions, time travel and mysticism. Even so, I thought this film was awesome. It was much better than I ever anticipated. It was superb from beginning to end. Although the film was approaching 2 hours long it certainly did not feel like it.   The special effects are just jaw-dropping although this film does have the look of “Inception” but this is much better in my opinion. It is a visual feast as you watch city’s bend and fold when rival sorcerers fight each other, cast spells, alter reality and run through portals into other different realities. The scene where Doctor Strange travels into different astral realms resembles what I imagine an extreme acid trip would look like (I have never taken acid myself so I would not know lol) .

Benedict Cumberbatch was brilliant and played Doctor Strange fantastically in my opinion.  He fits into the movie’s comic-book world with ease. He is witty, funny, arrogant and pulls off being a sorcerer really well. Madds Mikkelson played the “baddie” pretty well although he did feel a bit underused at times. But of course I have to mention the cloak of levitation (a magic cloak with a mind of its own) which stole the show for me.  Even my wife and son thought the film was great too. I have run out of good things to say about it. All I can say is that I left the cinema feeling extremely satisfied and can say this is one of my favourite marvel films so far. So, if you are a fan of Marvel, go and see it.

I cannot wait to see Doctor Strange join up with the Avengers. It opens up all possibilities of what may happen in future films. Will we see parallel universes or even time travel? We shall see :).

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