Doctor Strange (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Scott Derrickson|
|Produced by||Kevin Feige|
|Music by||Michael Giacchino|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
|Box office||$350.7 million|
Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comicscharacter of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the fourteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Scott Derrickson, who wrote the film with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton. InDoctor Strange, surgeon Stephen Strange learns the mystic arts from theAncient One after a career-ending car accident.
Various incarnations of a Doctor Strange film have been in development since the mid-1980s until Paramount Pictures acquired the film rights in April 2005 on behalf of Marvel Studios. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimerwere brought on board in June 2010 to write a screenplay. In June 2014, Derrickson and Spaihts were hired to direct and re-write the film, respectively. Cumberbatch was chosen for the eponymous role in December 2014, necessitating a schedule change to work around his other commitments. This gave Derrickson time to work on the script himself, for which he brought Cargill on to help. The film began principal photography in November 2015 in Nepalbefore moving to the United Kingdom, and concluded in New York City in April 2016. Filming also occurred in Hong Kong.
Doctor Strange held its world premiere in Hong Kong on October 13, 2016, and was released in the United States on November 4, 2016, in 3D and IMAX 3D. The film has grossed over $350 million, and was met with positive reviews from critics, who particularly praised its visuals, acting, and musical score.
In Kathmandu, Nepal, the sorcerer Kaecilius and his zealots enter the secret compound Kamar-Taj and murder its librarian, keeper of ancient and mystical texts. They steal a ritual from a book belonging to the Ancient One, a sorcerer who has lived for an unknown time and taught all at Kamar-Taj, including Kaecilius, in the ways of the mystic arts. The Ancient One pursues the traitors, but Kaecilius escapes with the pages and some of his followers.
Stephen Strange, an acclaimed neurosurgeon, loses the use of his hands in a car accident. Fellow surgeon and former loverChristine Palmer tries to help him move on, but Strange, believing he can regain use of his hands, instead uses all his resources pursuing experimental surgeries in vain. After learning of Jonathon Pangborn, a paraplegic who mysteriously was able to walk again, Strange seeks him out, and is directed to Kamar-Taj. There, Strange is taken in by another sorcerer under the Ancient One, Mordo. The Ancient One shows Strange her power, revealing the astral plane and other dimensions such as the Mirror Dimension. Strange begs her to teach him, and she eventually agrees despite his arrogance, which reminds her of Kaecilius.
Strange begins his tutelage under the Ancient One and Mordo, and learns from the ancient books in the library, now presided over by the master Wong. Strange learns that Earth is protected from other dimensions by a spell formed from three buildings called Sanctums, found in New York City, London, and Hong Kong. The task of the sorcerers is to protect the Sanctums, though Pangborn chose to forgo this responsibility in favor of channeling mystical energy into walking again. Strange advances quickly over several months, even secretly reading from the text Kaecilius stole from and learning to bend time with the mystical Eye of Agamotto. Mordo and Wong warn Strange against breaking the laws of nature, comparing his arrogant yearning for power to that of Kaecilius, who believes, after the deaths of his loved ones, that everyone should have eternal life.
While I enjoyed this movie, especially the IMAX 3D effects, I knew what was going to happen. These Superhero movies are great, but even the comic books relied on the same repetitive formula, a formula that is getting worn thin. I loved Ant man, and I will forever love Iron Man. This just wasn’t on that level, as far as acting and depth of plot go, not for a Marvel movie getting such rave reviews. America is desperate for a hero, it is clear. B. Cumberbatch is good in the role, but the supporting cast was mediocre at best. It is worth the full price of a premium ticket for the special effects alone, even though you have seen almost all of them before in “Promethius,” and “Inception.” I can only give the movie 3.5 stars, because at no time did I even say wow. The best thing about the whole movie was the eye makeup on the bad guys. And the special effects have been used before, in several movies, just not in this combination. – MR