A highly illusionistic movie, Dr. Strange, the latest of the Marvel movies, has shaved an entirely different take on the superhero genre, breaking from the stereotypical ‘Keepers of Virtue’, presenting to the audience a sorcerer as a world saver who has to make a hard choice, whether to save himself with the gifted powers or to fight the supernatural forces that pose a threat to the institution where he acquired his powers.
Scott Derrickson, the high brow behind ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister’ has decided to tickle the psyche of movie-lovers for two psychedelic hours with his narration of a reputed neurosurgeon who saves the lives of people lying on the operating table before him but failing himself when he topples and falls off the mountain side during a drive with lost thoughts of which riskier case to take up at the hospital the next day. Spending millions of Dollars on different hospital beds, for his senseless fingers, Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) decides to try a mysterious place in Nepal renowned for its healing powers, Kamar-Taj.
Taking the audience for a spiritual ride, Strange realises that since time unknown Earth has been protected by a group of mystical alchemists. Led by the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), right winged by fellow sorcerer Baron Mordo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Strange is moulded to become a powerful necromancy custodian. With the return of an enemy of Kamar-Taj, common human emotions creep into him, positioning himself in a fix to decide between saving himself with the supernatural powers and the service of servant hood to the givers of his second life.
Riding on the psychedelic genre, though the story is not much engaging, the elements could be taken in for consideration with Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’. The fusion of parallel worlds into reality keeps the spectators glued to their seats, with eyes fixed to the screen.
The movie apart from incorporating hallucinating strands, picks up on one-liner punchlines which makes the audience grin over it. The physical appearance of Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) with the metallic eye make-up loitering around with a silly fidgety pony and the booming voice of Baron Mordo delivering ludicrous dialogues, amuses the audience. Dr. Strange trying to fix his cloak carrying himself around, when weighed with other Marvel productions stand out because it has humour in itself which most valour movies of the house lack.
Dr. Strange is a treasure box of adventure, physics bending action and humour threaded to make it Marvel’s best visually fantasizing movie. Casual movie goers would want their characters introduced to the start of the movie without complications and cross-narrations, a plus-point of Marvel movies.
For Marvel fans the movie takes on a different stoop with Derrickson’s re-creating skills packed with supernatural stunt sequences. For those who are tired of the usual Avenger plots, the latest Marvel movie seems to change the pace of run. Random movie lovers can relish the taste of Marvel House without getting strangled in the Universe telling stories.
Doctor Strange is a worth strange watch!