Movie Review: Doctor Strange “The Impossibilities Are Endless”


Nick Swiatkowski, Staff Writer

The newest film installment of the vast Marvel movie universe is amazingly strange. Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant but egotistical surgeon, is the victim of a car accident where he was casted off the side of a cliff and left without the use of his hands as well as the ability to preform surgery. His hunt for a cure for the paralysis in his hands cast him in a downward spiral and into the middle of a war against unseen darkness and reality bending forces.

Marvel Studios latest installment staring Benedict Cumberbatch (rated PG-13) was released on November 14. I got the chance to see it this past weekend, and it exceeded all my expectations.

Based off of the Marvel comics, Dr.Strange, Stephen Strange is the leading surgeon in his New York City Hospital. He preforms miraculous surgeries and is recognized as the best surgeon. On his way to a gala to honor him, Strange’s super car crashes and falls off the edge of a cliff. After waking up in a hospital with a cast and pins in his hands, Strange realizes he might not have the use of his hands. Realizing this, he goes through countless surgeries and days of physical therapy, spending all of his millions of dollars of savings. It was when his physical therapist tells him of a paralyzed man with no use in his back, who one day stood up and walked. Strange found the man and tracked him down, and was then sent on a man hunt by him to find his mystical healing.

Dr. Strange was directed and written by Scott Derrickson, who also directed and wrote Deliver Us from Evil (2014) and Sinister (2012). He was able to take the mystical elements of his horror genre and transfer it into a great comic book movie.

Benedict Cumberbatch embodied Strange very well. He was able to show his egotistical mindset and was able to do the movements needed for the magical tricks perfectly. Every movement of his had a reason. and he didn’t just move his arms to move them. The range of emotions Cumberbatch was able to preform as this character truly made this movie great. Having not been a Dr. Who fan before or unaware of Cumberbatch’s other works, I can now say I have become interested.

Doctor Strange has some of the best visual effects in a film I’ve seen and it shows. The movie gets a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.9/10 on IMDb.

I personally think that the movie was great, but some of the aspects of the movie could have gone more into depth. I’d give it a 9/10 and recommend it to any fan of the sci-fi genre or anyone wanting to watch an entertaining movie with fantastic acting and effects. Marvels fans and casual movie goers alike will fall in love with Doctor Strange.