Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of Doctor Strange in Nov. 2015. PRISHANK THAPA/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS VIA CC BY 2.0
Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of Doctor Strange in Nov. 2015. PRISHANK THAPA/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS VIA CC BY 2.0

The latest Marvel movie, “Doctor Strange,” took the heroic sorcerer out of the comics and onto the big screen, and the results did him justice.

Director Scott Derrickson brought Doctor Strange to life with a mystical storyline, riveting special effects and a dash of humor.

The plot was interesting from the beginning. Dr. Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a successful neurosurgeon whose world turns upside down when he seriously injures his hands in a car accident. After seven failed surgeries, his hands remain damaged and he loses his career.

His tragic event makes the plot more compelling as Doctor Strange is introduced to magic.

After Strange learns about the mysterious recovery of his former patient Jonathan Pangborn, played by Benjamin Bratt, he sets out on a journey to Kathmandu, Nepal, to search for the person who healed Pangborn.

Once there, Strange meets a student sorcerer named Baron Mordo, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who takes him to see The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton. The Ancient One has special powers that could potentially help heal Strange’s damaged hands the way she healed Pangborn’s.

The actors’ performances were captivating. Cumberbatch’s role as Doctor Strange kept me at the edge of my seat as I witnessed him use his newfound magical abilities and struggle with his injury.

The aesthetics also captured my attention. The costume design and makeup of the antagonist, Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelsen, reflected his dangerously powerful character.

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The characters and storytelling in other Marvel movies lived up to expectations and now Doctor Strange continues this streak.

Bottom line, Doctor Strange is worth watching.

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