Monday, 14 November 2016

Doctor Strange Review

Doctor Strange

Release Date: 27th October 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Marvel Studios
Marvel Entertainment

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 115 minutes

Budget: $165,000,000

Box Office Gross: $677,718,395

Plot Summary
A brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon is taken under the wing of a sorcerer, who teaches him the mystical arts in order to defend the world against evil.

Benedict Cumberbatch - Dr. Stephen Strange
Rachel McAdams - Christine Palmer
Tilda Swinton - The Ancient One
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Mordo
Mads Mikkelsen - Kaecilius
Benjamin Bratt - Jonathan Pangborn
Benedict Wong - Wong
Michael Stuhlbarg - Dr. Nicodemus West
Chris Hemsworth - Thor (Cameo)

Writer/Director - Scott Derrickson
Based on Marvel Comic
Book/Executive Producer -
Stan Lee
Based on Marvel Comic Book -
Steve Ditko (Uncredited)
Writers - Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Dargill
Executive Producers - Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Louis D'Esposito
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Charles Newirith
Producer - Kevin Feige
Co-Producer - David J. Grant
Production Designer - Stephen Wood
Costume Designer - Alexander Byrne
Director of Photography - Ben Davis
Special Effects Supervisor - Paul Corbould
Visual Effects Supervisors - Huseyin Caner and Stephane Ceretti
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Richard Bluff and Mark Bo
Additional Visual Effects Supervisor - Sheena Duggal
Animation Supervisor - Daryl Sawchuk
Animation Supervisor: ILM - Matthew Cowie
Film Editors - Sabrina Pilsco and Wyatt Smith
Music - Michael Giacchino

It's been a very strong year for the Marvel cinematic universe as the series has progressed more with their recent blockbusters like CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (click here) and DOCTOR STRANGE. These are the two most anticipated films of the year and they continue to win over comic-book fans and audiences who have not yet grown bored of them. The latter DOCTOR STRANGE is currently showing in the cinemas and I'm very pleased to have seen it on the big screen as the visual effects were unlike anything I have ever seen. This is a very complex film which demands a high level of attention to understand what is happening. I haven't had this trippier visual impact since 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (click here) and INCEPTION (click here) which two films have blown me away a couple of times. In regards to the luscious CGI produced for the feature, this aspect was greatly necessary to benefit the intricacy of the storyline. 

Benedict Cumberbatch was amazingly talented in playing the title character in the role of the protagonist since SHERLOCK and has joined in an assembly of co-stars with Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen. I can't believe that he isn't going to play another villain who has done much evil like the dragon Smaug from THE HOBBIT and worst of all, Khan from STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (click here). It really amazes me how lucky Benedict Cumberbatch has been with his film opportunities, he has really struck gold with this movie as Marvel movies always make astronomical amounts of money at the box office. Benedict has been consistent with his movies and over the past five years has been making hit after hit.  

The scoring is ingeniously perfect, thanks to the noted contributions of Michael Giacchino, he does have the potential to be the next John Williams after composing films like STAR TREK and JURASSIC WORLD.

DOCTOR STRANGE is overall a must-see film which is very complex, well acted and a visual delight of an origin story. This movie is quite simply perfect and never fails to entertain.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

1 comment:

  1. Nice review! Glad you loved it, and I agree -- simply perfect. I loved how different from other Marvel films it was... it stood on its own so well. Cumberbatch was excellent, and all the neat little details that never could exist in any other movie... like the balcony scene where time is stopped and they're GHOSTS. Great stuff. :D