Overall Rating: 3/5
November 4, 2016
Dir. Scott Derrickson
Rated PG-13 (for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence)
Doctor Strange is a solidly entertaining blockbuster that smartly utilizes its budget to create some awesome visuals. Exciting and at times even surprising, this popcorn flick should sate your thirst for new superhero thrills. The roles have been cast well, and the story is written well enough that you should be able to glide past the formulaic plot points pretty smoothly.
Benedict Cumberbatch does a good job at playing a likable protagonist despite his character flaws, and the rest of the cast did a good job as well. Unfortunately, though, the main character’s flawed makeup is never really explored on any particularly deep level. Doctor Strange is a relatively light-weight film, but it certainly proves to be better than most of the superhero films of recent memory. Also, the writers have cleverly thrown in some well-placed humor to further lighten the film up.
The fast-paced plot, fun writing, and talented cast help to raise this film to above-average, but perhaps one of the most memorable aspects of Doctor Strange is its unique use of visual effects. It’s refreshing to see CGI really add to a film instead of distracting or even detracting from its quality.
I highly recommend this one to younger audiences, fans of superhero films, and anyone looking for a fun blockbuster.