Out of body experience: Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One gives Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr Steven Strange a push in Doctor Strange, rated M and in Hoyts cinemas now.Marvel Studios promised a whole new style for its latest offering and it sure delivered.
Doctor Strange feels quite unlike anything the studio has created before.
It’s a tighter origin story than Captain American, Thor or even Iron Man.
Itsclosest comparison visually is Guardians of the Galaxy, but even that’s a stretch.
Dr Steven Strange (Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, inevitably finding himself in a superhero movie) himself has all the arrogance of Tony Stark without the one-liners to redeem himself.
The film introduces Strange, an exceptionally talented and intelligent surgeon, working at a hospital in New York.
He is condescending to those below him, flirts with his ex-girlfriend Christine (the incomparable Rachel McAdams) and thinks more highly of himself than he has a right to. But the good times can’t last, of course, and a devastating car crash (the likes of which Along Came a Spider could only dream of) leaves Strange horribly injured and unable to continue surgical work.
This is where the origin story really kicks in, with Strange travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal to seek a treatment which helped a former paraplegic get back on his feet, literally.
He meets the mysteriously named sorcerer The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton, causing controversy as a white woman playing a character portrayed in the comics as an Asian man), allies in Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor, always brilliant) and Wong (Benedict Wong, Ejiofor’s The Martian co-star) and learns some mysteries of the universe he never knew existed.
In Nepal the film takes a turn for the psychedelic, bringing the 1960s influences of the comics to the screen.
The visual effects are quite unlike anything we’ve seen in a superhero movie before –this feels rather more like a sci-fi adventure (think Jumper, Chronicle, Inception).
The consistently creepy Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) has a gleeful time as primary villainKaecilius and rocks the coolest make-up in the film.
Marvel has definitely stepped up its game with Doctor Strange and opened up the cinematic universe to uncharted territories.
Be sure to stick around for the post-credit scene to see a very familiar face.
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