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Released on the back-end of last year, Doctor Strange was definitely one of my most anticipated films, because it’s Marvel and Marvel are the best and they would never hurt me, at least not after The Amazing Spider Man 2 (the pain…). It’s also good to the see the studio revive some of their lesser-known characters to the big screen, with Ant-Man also serving as a good example of this the year previous. However, while I was expecting a standard superhero smash, I got something a lot more in Doctor Strange; the best effects I’ve ever seen in a film, ever.
Indeed, while I was expecting a relatively clean, relatively pretty aesthetic, akin to films like Iron Man and Thor, what I got as I sat in the cinema was Inception on acid, with the trippiest, technically and visually astounding effects I’ve ever seen. While it’s showing of how technology continues to evolve and it’s becoming more and more common that films can look really good, it’s also testament to the minds behind the film’s creative direction, with many Marvel allumini, including Jim Barr, who worked on Inception (telling), to dream up some of the mad stuff in this flick, by far the film’s biggest highlight.
We also have a great ensemble cast in Benedict Cumberbatch (of Sherlock fame (the fandom is real (even if the series has died))), Tilda Swinton (Narnia), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) and Benedict Wong, from 15 Storeys High!! ERROOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL!!!
Cumberbatch, in particular, though his American accent is a bit wonky, carries the film, along with Swinton, in terms of entertaining characters to watch, with each actor/ress bringing a healthy element of comedy to their performance.
This comedy, like in many Marvel films, provides a good few chuckleworthy moments and is balanced out with a generous helping of action. The martial arts and fantasy-style action coupled with the psychedelic visuals helps Doctor Strange stand out among the Marvel pack as one of the most unique films in their catalogue, as well making me gaze in awe at the badassery on the screen.
Overall, Doctor Strange is top-class film, which isn’t surprising considering it’s a Marvel affair. However, the change-up in styles and the mind-altering visual effects on display allow it to stand out in the Marvel roster and also makes it one of most unique blockbusters of last year, if not one of the most entertaining.
My rating: 8.5/10
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