Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Doctor Strange



American | 2016 | 130 minutes | Director: Scott Derrickson

The movie opens with lots of action, buildings that turn and twist, people throwing circles of lights to each others and then...it switches to the talented, successful and arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) talking to his former flame Christine Palmer (Rachel MacAdams).

Strange's arrogance soon gone after the fateful car crash that takes away his hands' nimble flexibility. Physically and emotionally broken, Strange seeks solution to traditional healing following a series of failed reconstructive operations. He chooses to go to Nepal to meet The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) after getting the tip off from another patient (Benjamin Bratt) who got better there despite having much worse condition. 

However, upon arriving at the designated place, which is a kind of school of wizardry, Strange finds an other-worldly healing art that can not be explained logically. At first, it is difficult for Strange, a person who has been receiving modern education, to open his mind and accept that there are things beyond the world he lives in.

The ever arrogant Strange refuses to let anything stopping him, so he stays in the premise and learns his way up although very, very slowly with the guide of Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and support from librarian Wong (Benedict Wong).

As expected from any superhero movies, Strange manages to catch up with other fellows and even opens The Eye of Agamotto. This is the cue for Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and the gang, aka the villains who already made an appearance in the movie opening, to ruin the day.

It's a superhero movie, so of course the good people wins. Expect some humour throughout the movie.

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