Doctor Strange is much like the release of Guardians of the Galaxy in that it was very different to everything else that Marvel had released prior to it. Up until this point we have mainly focused on the physical and while we have had a brief glimpse at something other with characters such as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch this is the first time we have seen something properly mystical.
A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
Scott Derrickson directs what is essentially an origin story for a character that the average person on he street might not have heard of but if you are going to see this film then you wold probably have at least some idea as to what he is all about. This film does a great job of establishing Doctor Strange but not before giving us a hint at the dangers he will be facing later on.
Benedict Cumberbatch does a fantastic job as Doctor Strange, the arrogant, cocky and self assured character that kind of reminds me a lot of his version of Sherlock. He will be a big draw for audiences who might not know that much about Doctor Strange. He has a bit of a love interest in Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) who he shares some good scenes with including a really interesting fight sequence that needs to be seen to be believed.
Tilda Swinton plays teacher to Doctor Strange as The Ancient One who helps to start the film off with a cool fight sequence. Through her guidance and teaching Doctor Strange learns all about the mystic arts and the dangers that are out there. The Ancient One opens the mind of Doctor Strange as well as the audience with some really trippy visuals which are both interesting to look at and very cool at the same time.
Doctor Strange also gets some support from Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who is traditionally a villain in the comics and judging by the how this film plays out he could become a very interesting character later on. Another supporting character is Wong (Benedict Wong), now we don’t get to see him do a whole lot over the course of the film but he does provide the basis for some very fun scenes.
Finally we come to the villain of the film Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) who is a former student of the Ancient One. Marvel seem to have some what of a problem with week villains and while Kaecilius starts off strong with understandable aims, he is still not a great villain. I mean sure he has some cool fight scenes and a decent plan but I just wish we could have seen more magic and destruction from him over the course of the film.
Doctor Strange was an origin story with a decent villain but not a great one. It has really nice visuals and special affects as well as a good amount of humour, there are a lot of cool scenes and if you are a fan of Marvel or you just want to see a bit of Magic then I am sure you will like this film. As usual stick around for the credits as you will want to see what is going to happen next.