Doctor Strange Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Doctor Strange Spoiler-Free Movie Review

By Karina Ohri, Staff Writer

“Forget everything you think you know.”

That is indeed what happened when I watched Doctor Strange on Saturday, November 5th. This movie isn’t your typical Marvel cinematic universe kind of film- you’re unable to expect or predict the next scene. The movie descends into a fascinating plot featuring former neurosurgeon Stephen Strange, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in this stunning role. We meet our star some ten to fifteen minutes in, who is not your typical loveable Marvel hero. Stephen Strange is completely arrogant, egotistical, and frankly obnoxious, with no sense of humility. His off-putting attitude and lack of humility remain even after he is in an unfortunate car accident that leaves him with seemingly permanent nerve damage in his hands- the greatest tools of his medical practice. Stephen is absolutely devastated upon learning the news and that there is almost no treatment for his condition. In retaliation for saying that no one could have operated to save him from severe nerve damage, he simply states the words “I could have done better”.

Benedict Cumberbatch takes on a difficult role as Stephen Strange; he must pull off this egotistical, self-involved medical practitioner, who is known to refuse patients, deeming them unworthy of his treatment as he is unwilling to “break his record” on operating on only the most difficult of cases. However, the audience still feels drawn to him; we pity him, not because of his condition, but because of who he is as a person and because we know his hands are not his limitations. We hope for him to realize this. Even after Stephen begins his training of the magic and the mystical, he still pulls the excuse of the nerve damage in his hands being the reasons for his failure. This occurs even after being proven wrong by his ethereal master, “The Ancient One”, played flawlessly by Tilda Swinton.

And then, of course, there is the magic itself. The screenplay and graphic effects of this movie are gorgeous. I did end up viewing the movie in 3-D, hearing that it is highly recommended for Doctor Strange. In my opinion, the 3-D didn’t really add much to the experience, and would have been just as jaw-dropping without it. Much appreciation to the effects crew, because Doctor Strange is truly beautiful. The characters in the movie are able to manipulate time, reality, and space at will, which the movie orchestrates masterfully. Doctor Strange does retain some aspects of the Marvel cinematic universe; there is an underlying thread of humor that had me chuckling, and of course the Marvel theme of always having a greater threat on the horizon, sometimes quite literally. I am not going to say who, as this review is spoiler free. Also, we see the typical Marvel villain- adequate, and this time intriguing, but never quite on Loki’s level.

All in all, I would recommend watching Doctor Strange, as it is worth seeing, though not necessarily in 3D. We are left with a single line after the two post credits scenes (stick around, they’re worth it) reading: “Doctor Strange will return”. Whether this means there will be a sequel is unclear, but Doctor Stephen Strange is sure to make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. If there is a sequel, you are sure to find me in the theater, but for now I’ll have to give Doctor Strange an 8.5 out of 10.