Release Date: November 04, 2016
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong
Director: Scott Derrickson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
As humanity continues to discover new scientific paradigms, new questions emerge about our existence, consciousness, and how much do we really know about ourselves, our mind, body and spirit, and the universe we live in. These are some of the key elements that make up the crux of Doctor Strange. It’s a movie that blends aspects of consciousness with quantum theory and presents a metaphysical worldview that is over and above what happens in the everyday lives of the general populace.
The movie also delves into the topic of how our spirit can help heal our body and how we can channelize forces from the universe to protect the world we live in. Similar themes have been utilized by the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in its earlier creations, but Doctor Strange has turned out more appealing, as there’s ample good humor sprinkled with visual gags and subtle slapstick to keep the audience engaged.
The movie catches up with the life of brilliant surgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who has a knack for saving lives. However, he is arrogant, which does not go down well with other people around him. His life changes when he has an accident, which causes irreparable damage to his fingers, thereby ending his successful career as a surgeon. When standard treatments fail to improve his condition, he learns about the miracles of the East and decides to go to Kathmandu. There, he meets Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who introduce him to a world that he never even thought existed and one that will see him emerge as a human superhero, who saves the world from the evil forces of the universe.
The movie’s mind-bending CGI seeks inspiration from other movies such as Inception and takes it to the next level, much to the delight of the audience. Saving the world from imminent apocalypse through humor & intellect rather than brute force, is another distinctive feature of the movie. Doctor Strange is certainly a must watch for all superhero fans.