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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Doctor Strange: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

We first meet the brilliant neuro-surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cummberbatch) saving an almost dead man in the operating table. However, his streak of achieving greatness comes to an end when he suffered a fatal accident. Losing hope to regain his normal self back, he ended up in a mystical temple in Nepal called Kamar-Taj and met The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who promised him to heal his physical state. Soon, Strange easily learned the hidden powers that lies inside him, and he is forced to face Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) who plans to gain immortality with help of the dark side.

Doctor Strange is an inception like superhero film that is visually caressing and is best viewed on an IMAX screen. It's pretty much the same superhero formula but with a different perspective thanks to a crafty direction coming from Scott Derrickson. We also get a dose of humor that lightens the mood a bit, but it never looses the steam in telling a decent story line.

The action sequences are pretty dope and of course; it will lead to another crazy explosive showdown towards the end. Doctor Strange might not be one of the biggest stars in the Marvel roster but this film will surely make him more popular. This film also sets up an exciting sequel that teases up its fans with two bonus clips at the end of the film.

Benedict Cummberbatch is finally a part of the Marvel cinematic universe and immediately set his mark embracing the role of the titular character. He sets the tone of the film and clearly knows how to enjoy in playing Doctor Strange. It is also good that he is surrounded by an outstanding set of talented cast to back him up. Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and villain Mads Mikkelsen did a terrific job in portraying their respective roles. 

Overall Doctor Strange is another welcome addition to the engaging realm of superhero flicks. It is slick, compelling and spellbinding. Benedict Cummberbatch is the real deal; we can't wait to see him again for the films' round two. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Benedict Cummberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide
Experience it on IMAX 3D



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