Forget everything you think you know
Village Jam Factory - Thursday 27 October 2016, 8:00pm [3D]
Running time: 115m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Fantasy themes and violence)
Release date: 27/10/16
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a talented neurosurgeon until a car accident damages his hands and, with it, his career. Penniless and estranged from girlfriend Christine (Rachel McAdams), he takes a one-way flight to Nepal in the hope of finding answers. When Karl (Chiwetel Ejiofor) introduces him to 'the ancient one' (Tilda Swindon), Stephen discovers a mysterious new world and a mysterious smokey-eyed foe (Mads Mikkelsen) to battle. Cue action music for the CGI battle of year... or at least until the next one comes along.
Doctor Strange is not only a battle of good versus evil, but also style versus substance... and style wins. The look is clean, deliberate and highly original, and well worth the headache the next morning if you're prepared to experience the 3D version. But the plot is superhero origin film 101; unlikely man gains superpowers and defeats a foe he hadn't heard of before with an ability seen earlier in the film. Where Doctor Strange rises above the others is through performances by the A-list cast, particularly Benedict Cumberbatch as he makes the journey from normal to superhero seem particularly grueling. Of course, being a Marvel film, stay during the closing credits for a teaser of the next adventures of our friends from the Avengers. Enjoyable.
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