Movie Review: Doctor Strange

If you find yourself looking for something to do over the holidays, look no further than Marvel’s newest eye-popping masterpiece, Doctor Strange. The new film features a strong and recognizable cast, with incredible actors and actresses like Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. And, Benedict Cumberbatch makes an appearance as the protagonist of the story.

Cumberbatch portrays the character of Stephen Strange, an extraordinary neurosurgeon. Thanks to his unrivaled talent and rock-steady hands, Strange enjoys fame and fortune while saving countless lives. His incredible career and work all disappears in seconds. In the beginning of the movie, Doctor Strange is caught in a horrific car accident that permanently damages his hands, which forces him to end his medical career.

Although he could apply for a job that does not require the precisions of a neurosurgeon, Strange finds that his ego (think Tony Stark’s) gets in the way. Desperate to continue his work as a surgeon, he seeks healing at a spiritual retreat called Kamar-Taj in Nepal. His initial skepticism quickly turns to wonder as he discovers that the retreat is actually the headquarters of a worldwide group of powerful sorcerers. While there, he learns the practices and secrets of magic and alternate dimensions.

Strange is swept into a multiverse-spanning battle against dark forces of tremendous power in a mind-bending, visually dazzling adventure. In my opinion, this was one of the best parts of the movie. The special effects are reminiscent of the 2010 movie Inception by Christopher Nolan, with entire cities rearranging themselves, streets folding in half, gravity changing direction, and Marvel bending the laws of physics right before your eyes.

If we were entirely honest with ourselves, we would know that the star power of Benedict Cumberbatch alone would have been enough to sell the movie. But, the entire cast delivers a top-notch acting job and the masterful story, packed with twists and turn, and the story is incredibly well-written. From the devoted Marvel fanatics to the casual moviegoers, this movie is definitely a must-see.

-Aidan Johnson ’18

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