With Doctor Strange, Marvel has repeated it’s winning strategy of taking characters that the general public know very little about and made a movie which will change all that. But did they make a good movie?
I went along to the fan screening tonight expecting just that, a load of fans but to my surprise and joy the director Scott Derricks took to the stage and then brought on Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One), Benedict Wong (Wong), Mads Mikkelsen (Kaecilius) and Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer).
There was a short interview in which Cumberbatch talked about how great it felt when he finally got to wear Dr Strange’s cloak for the first time and mentioned something that happens at the end of the movie which firmly places the good Dr in the mainstream Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Then the movie began and within 2 minutes I had a big grin on my face. It set the tone in terms of philosophy, action and visual delight. Borrowing the reality bending graphic formula of Inception, this movie takes that, refines it and makes it truly beautiful. I’m not a fan of 3D but it made me very glad to be watching it in that format.
The story follows Benedict Cumberbatch an egotistical surgeon as he searches for a cure after a career destroying accident mangles his hands. It’s a good journey watching a die hard scientist open his mind to the spiritual realm at the hands of the Ancient One. It does unfortunately bring him into the war between the Ancient One and her renegade disciple Kaecilius. This journey takes him along with allies Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) on some really mind bending journeys as the action scenes make full use of the fact that reality means very little on this battlefield – it is extraordinary.
Now regardless what you think of the race bending appointment of Swinton as The Ancient One, her performance is flawless and hypnotic. Mads Mikkelsen’s villain is calm, confident and persuasive, Wong, is hilarious in his stoicness, Chiwetel Ejiofor is just Chiwetel Ejiofor…ah well I could go on but I can’t think of a bad performance.
Marvel has performed something wonderful here in that they have taken a familiar world, a well known format and done something with it that feels fresh and innovative. It is a well placed great blend of gravitas and humour. To be fair I’m still buzzing as I write this and am probably blind to it’s faults but I’m not going to waste my time seeking them out while I’m still smiling.
And of course we come to the all important question you are all dying to know….Is there a post credit scene and should you stay for them? The answers are Yes it has a mid and post credit scenes and should you stay for them? OH HELL YEA!
I’ll leave you now with the reveal of my part in Doctor Strange which you can see quite clearly in this teaser trailer:
GS Agent: Monts