The MCU delves into the mystical art of CGI…
The fourteenth film in the series, Doctor Strange is Marvel’s latest contribution to the superhero genre. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Mads Mikkelsen, this film attempts to offer something new to the MCU table.
The film is about arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange…I mean, DOCTOR Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch)… looking for ways to heal his brutally injured hands (car accident). His search led him to Kamar-Taj, where he meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who offers to teach him sorcery. Meanwhile, a rogue student of the Ancient One, Kaecilius (Mikkelsen), attempts to open a portal that will welcome Dormammu, the ruler of the Dark Dimension, to our world.
If you want your eyes to feast the evolution of CGI, watch this. The multiverse, the dimensions, and the scenery manipulation were visual ambrosia. The chase scene was a hell of a trip!
The usual Marvel humor is ever present in this film, and most of them worked. Wong (Benedict Wong) and Strange’s chemistry works well, which makes that Adele/Beyonce jokes work.
However, the film suffers again from Marvel’s ultimate nemesis … WAS (the Weak Antagonist Syndrome). Besides Loki, MCU’s list of bad guys are forgettable. And even when Dormammu shows up, he was presented as an even weaker bad guy.
Doctor Strange has amazing visuals and good action, but weak villains drag the MCU films away from truly being great. This film is…