Doctor Strange

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams

Director: Scott Derrickson

Doctor Strange is a superhero film which feels much as though it has been cinematized through a kaleidoscope — it is vacuous, entrancing, and with each twist it repercussus a dazzling new dimension of boundless capabilities. The movie harnesses its vibrant greens, breathtaking purples and transformed realities to a hero’s journey. Protracted set pieces become indigenous and compelled by visual effects, halting the movie as filmmakers put their skills at play, ignore everything else – the story and restive audience.

An artful neurosurgeon, Strange conducts operations to beats of an ego-stimulating soundtrack. Cumberbatch conveys the character in wholly excursion, upholding superiority while alluring Dr. Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) contradicting her philosophy. Dr. Strange’s vanity and recklessness leaves his career into nothing but detritus. After his dilemma, Strange visits Nepal where he is confronted by a guide, Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). There, he delves into the way of a hero with the help of a Celtic sorcerer, the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and shortly it is clear that Strange’s fate is leads to a greater cause than returning to mundane medical procedures, if he averts his ego. He is a characteristic master, and it is essential for him to join the Ancient One in the struggle against her preceding student, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), who was consumed by dark magic.

Cumberbatch exhibits an effortless charisma, paramounting the doctor’s playboy egotism and catalysing talks of Dormammu, Agamotto, etc. with a sardonic touch of banter. The rest of the characters gad with less fortune, as Chiwetel Ejiofor’s and Rachel McAdams’ characters are emaciated of both function and screen time, while Mikkelsen’s faded antagonist has all but depth and complexity.

Heralding incantations and divination to the MCU is the franchise’s most hazardous motion till date, but the venture paid off immensely. The film could have been a genuine mis-step on the studio’s part turned out to be a sanguine leap into an undiscovered territory which revitalizes an overused formula while amplifying the shared universe. This is a reality-defying visual treat and the most ravishing extravaganza of the year.

Malvika Nair