Doctor Strange [2016] ★★★

 doctorstrange0014It’s always refreshing to encounter a new kind of hero in this already overstuffed superhero cinematic universe. DC unleashed “Batman V Superman” and “Suicide Squad” earlier this year, while Marvel delivered one of their best movies yet: “Civil War”. Is there room for more? The answer is yes and he goes by the name of “Doctor Strange”. Since I wasn’t really familiar with this character, I approached the movie with no particular expectations. What I got in return was a spectacular entry in the Marvel universe fueled by stunning visuals and a true sense of discovery. And then of course there’s Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. He’s a neurosurgeon, arrogant but extremely good at what he does. Then one night, he crashes his expensive car and almost dies as a result. He survives, of course, but there’s one major problem: his hands are permanently damaged. What to do? You’ll have to see for yourself. But what follows is a completely immersive experience: we see and feel what Doctor Strange is going through and with today’s cutting edge technology, the visual effects are nothing short of spectacular. The story has many details to cover, perhaps a few too many, but at the end they all fit neatly in place. Cumberbatch, in a role he was born to play, gives us plenty to cheer for. And director Scott Derrickson, who’s never tackled something this huge before, orchestrates all the components of this complex universe. His “Doctor Strange” is smart, original and constantly entertaining. I, for one, cannot wait to see where Marvel goes next with this colorful character.

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