I know. You’re probably laughing at me right now, and that’s understandable. I mean it’s been nearly a month since Marvel’s Doctor Strange was released, and I only just saw it last night! But what can I say? Sometimes you don’t have the time to see a move right away! But the important thing is that I have now seen it, and my god.
Before it came out, there were conflicting opinions. It seemed like the kind of film that could either be unbelievably amazing or gut-wrenchingly awful. But after watching it, there’s no question that Marvel pulled out all the stops to make Doctor Strange the epic that it is, changing the MCU as we know it.
First off, I’d like to talk about the man of the hour himself, Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch. Now I’m sure this won’t come as a shock to any of you, but I absolutely adore Benny. And yes, for more than just his looks. I love him in everything he does, I think he has a really incredible gift in that he is able to completely embody whoever he portrays. He takes you out of this world, making you forget you’re watching a film. That being said, I was a little worried for this. Too many times have we seen accents ruin what could have been a great portrayal, so I had my fingers crossed. Not that I needed to. Cumberbatch spoke with ease, there were quite a few times I forgot that he was actually British! And anyone who knows me will know that is no easy feat.
Stephen Strange is extremely powerful, and when you have such an important hero, you need them to be done right. Cumberbatch was able to bring the level of quiet arrogance that was needed, along with the perfect mixture of seriousness and humor. Even though he isn’t your typical hero, Cumberbatch had an undeniable charm that kept us rooting for him from the beginning until the end.
Nothing in this movie was over the top, and that includes the magic itself. Many were worried that Doctor Strange would feel a little silly, but the effects were nothing short of awe-inspiring. If you’re like me, and regularly cry over the fact that you didn’t attend Hogwarts, this film is not going to help with your yearning for magic. The magic feels incredibly real, and the idea that anyone can channel this if they dig deep enough is so interesting. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it yet, go see it in 3D. I know that often times 3D feels overrated, and nothing more than a cash-grab, but I promise you that is not the case with Strange. It’s such a surreal experience and most definitely worth the extra money.
I have to profusely applaud the decision to cast Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. She is genius in everything she does, and brings this air of ancient wisdom about her, with this undeniable power. She very much reminded me The Matrix‘s Morpheus. She’s unquestionably dangerous, someone you don’t want to cross, but someone you can easily root for as well. Casting her sparked loads of controversy but it was definitely the right move. And while Mads Mikkelson may have seemed an obvious choice for the baddie, what can I say? He’s good at being bad.
But I think we can all agree who the best character in this, and probably any Marvel movie ever, is. That is, of course, the one and only Cloak of Levitation. Was I the only one totally fangirling!? I want one!! It was without a doubt a great source of comic relief, and the Strange team deserves so much praise. They were able to give the Cloak power and strength while making it ridiculously adorable at the same time. The initial battle between Strange and Kaecilius was both one of the most intense and most hilarious sequences of the film, and that’s thanks to the brilliant Cloak.
Doctor Strange had an edge that has been lacking in the MCU. The tone was definitely darker than we’ve ever seen before, and while some think this signals the end of Marvel, I have to say that it signals the beginning of a most brilliant era. I recently wrote an article delving into that, which you can check out here!
Overall, I was really impressed with Doctor Strange. It was everything I was hoping it would be, and I really believe it’s going to spark a change in the MCU in the best way possible. Let me know what you thought of the film down in the comments, and as always, thanks for reading!