Love Marvel films, love Benedict Cumberbatch, however, spiritual magic and American Benedict Cumberbatch? I’m not so sure. Perhaps it just wasn’t a film for me. It felt a bit far-fetched, one thing after another, everything had a solution so why get worried, when time can be controlled? Oh, and throw in that he can fly… Yeah, I wasn’t quite there.
Benedict Cumberbatch, in my opinion, is one of the best British actors, amazing in ‘Sherlock’, couldn’t see anyone else playing that role. Yet, they chose this great British actor to play an American part. I get that he can do impressions well, I’ve seen those videos circling Facebook, and he doesn’t do the American accent too bad, but come on, couldn’t they have just kept him British? Anyway, of course he plays the character well, he was (despite the accent) a good choice for the role. We all know he can play the arrogant, cocky type well anyway, but instead of a detective (as like ‘Sherlock’), a neurosurgeon instead.
The plot goes: we are shown the neurosurgeon is a brilliant one, yet of course he knows it. His job is his life, helpful with his photographic memory. His personality is arrogant to say the least, thinks he is the best out there, never wanting to mess up his “perfect record”. We are introduced to a past-girlfriend, a fellow surgeon herself, Christine, played by Rachel McAdams, of course she is brilliant, she executes some comedic moments well too. Anyway, tragedy strikes and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is unable to be a surgeon with the injuries to his hands. This is where Benedict Cumberbatch grows a lot of hair… When all of his hope in science is disappearing, as his money, he turns to a place in Kathmandu searching for the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton – recognisable for me as the White Witch in ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’).
Away from the hospital now and we’re in a completely different light, away from science and to spiritual soul magic. This is where I turned a bit sceptical. Maybe the difference was too wide for me. I am a fan of magic films, but this one just seemed like there weren’t any limits, a film without limits feels too vague, anything can happen, nothing bad will happen. However, saying this, of course there was a build-up to the breaking point, something broken in some humour, “I’ve come to bargain”.
There are moments of humour, for example Wong’s (Benedict Wong) bluntless to Stephen Strange’s attempts to humour is funny, and Christine’s confusion to Strange’s new life. There are moments of tension for the audience as there is a bad guy, even long moments of understanding the insight of the bad guy, which is clever, I do have to admit. Plus, something that has to be mentioned, is the amazing graphics. They are brilliant, really impressive, and make the film feel really real even if it’s not anything recognisable to everyday life.
Ok, so the film wasn’t too bad. But I wouldn’t say it’s the best Marvel film out there, no way near. It’s very different to other Marvel films to say the least, but perhaps one in a different light to open up to a new audience. The graphics stand out for themselves, they truly are impression. I just wasn’t the biggest fan of the plot, so I didn’t get into it as much as others may have. But watch it for yourself, because you might have a completely different opinion to mine.