It’s too much to ask that a studio money-maker/sequel-generator like Doctor Strange actually be strange, much less flaunt doctoral levels of weirdness. Instead, it’s Strange 101 in super HD, its lavish pop-art psychedelia in service of 1963 comic-book story beats. The attractions this time are Benedict Cumberbatch, haughtily Randian as a surgeon of self-willed greatness, and the most extravagant superhero trip-outs that Marvel can buy.
These prove familiar, too, a diverting jumble of action-fantasy and head-shop screen saver. Cityscapes fold in on themselves, à la Escher and Inception; we gush down an umbilicus of light, as in 2001 or Contact; too many hands from nowhere seize the terrified protagonist, as in Repulsion. But here blockbuster hugeness for once pays off. Those cities keep folding, as if Manhattan were some bored god’s squeezable stress toy, while the characters vault from one skyscraper to the next, the angle of the glass facades tilting from sheer drop to sleek slide to horizontal battle arena.
You’re a brilliant surgeon. Your hands are your tools, and your patients your canvas. One night, you’re driving like an asshole, looking down at an x-ray sent to you in your downtime, when you look up to see a car careening towards you. BANG! You spin off a cliff, turn end-over-end, and your hands get mangled beyond repair. What do you do next? Seek out mind-bendingly dangerous magical forces from a world beyond our own, naturally.
This is what happens when you live in the US and don’t have private health insurance, people. But it’s also Doctor Strange: the latest Marvel superhero movie to grace our screens.
But Doctor Strange is an odd beast. I can’t see it polarising audiences, in that it isn’t particularly audacious from a narrative perspective, but it is trippy as hell. For a Disney/Marvel outing, it has sequences that would make Timothy Leary blush. At one point Stephen Strange is subjected to some major metaphysical histrionics, which given how button-down Marvel can be at times is downright brave. It also stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role; a man who my mother once called “Brandersnatch Crambleflaps”. I asked her to repeat herself, and she became flustered, stammering, “you know, you know. The tall, handsome British one”.
The British one. Which brings me to arguably the only substantial flaw in Doctor Strange, an otherwise enjoyable left-of-field superhero flick: Cumberbatch’s accent. It’s not just that I (and all of us, after his repeated turns as Sherlock Holmes) am used to hearing that scintillating British patter roll off his tongue. It’s that he doesn’t really nail the American accent, meaning that in the middle of a passionate diatribe or a slightly hammy but fun joke about Beyoncé, his accent cracks, and you’ll become acutely aware that you’re sitting in a movie theatre, watching an award-winning actor wearing a cape and pretending to cast spells.
It’s a bit like the moment where, after six straight hours of playing video games, the screen goes dark for the briefest of moments, and you see your gaunt, sweaty reflection, warped by the glass, staring back at you with pale skin and dead eyes. Or maybe that’s just me.
Old Tricks And New Treats
Marvel has, in recent years, recruited bold creative minds to helm their projects (Taika Waititi for the new Thor movie, Ryan Coogler for Black Panther, the Russo Brothers for Civil War, and so forth). For Doctor Strange, they’ve grabbed Scott Derrickson, writer and director of a handful of deeply flawed but undeniably stylish horror films (Sinister, Hellraiser: Inferno, Sinister 2). Thankfully, most of his worse tendencies have been sloughed off here by what is, largely, a pretty joyous script, which he helped write. Stephen Strange rises, falls (hard), and rises again, but his journey is structured so that you genuinely feel like he’s clawing his way back from the brink.
This is the real trick to making people give a shit about a hero. If a hero masters their abilities too quickly, any investment is sort of just farted away. This is why watching Tobey Maguire frantically swing away from a wall at the last minute, or watching Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark flail about while learning to master the Iron Man suit’s propulsion jets is so deeply satisfying. (Though, to be fair, watching Robert Downey Jr. do damn near anything is deeply satisfying.)
Doctor Strange is, appropriately, a strange Marvel movie; it’s dressed on the surface as a conventional hero narrative, but it’s filled with odd flourishes. It’s dripping in deep Eastern mysticism, it has just one American lead, the set design is utterly bonkers, and the VFX are the best I’ve seen in any Marvel movie, ever.
If you do see Doctor Strange — and you really ought to — I recommend seeing it at IMAX. Most cities don’t have a laser light show at a planetarium — the kind many enjoy on an ocean of hallucinogens — but with Doctor Strange in cinemas, you’ll have the next best thing at your fingertips.
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To put it in very simple terms, Doctor Strange — the latest Marvel Studios film to join their cinematic pantheon — is a tangle of contradictions. Fresh yet familiar, inventive yet conventional, Dr. Strange…
The Marvel Cinematic Universe adds magic to their mix, after the political thriller action of the recent Civil War the creators once again show that they have zero interest in delivering the same film over and over. This one takes its time introducing its protagonist and his long and winding road to gain his powers but that works thanks to a great leading man and excellent acting choices down to the smallest roles. When it comes to the worlds, visuals and fights of the second half of the film, this is like a love child made by Escher, Inception and Rick & Morty. It’s certainly not as wild and weird as it could have been, but for a Hollywood blockbuster it certainly throws a few very unusual punches, especially visually. That’s highly entertaining, a lot of fun and always finds the right balance between action and humor. The two end credits scenes tease Strange’s arrival among the other Marvel heroes and that his magical fights have only just begun. That’s great news, considering the level of entertainment it brings us.
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