Two components differentiate the better super hero films from the rest. One is an cast who aware the genre and delivers a fresh presentation to the comic book source personality, such as Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk in The Avengers films. The other is a concentrate on crusaders and vigilantes with unusual abilities and peculiarities, such Guardians of the Galaxy.
Doctor Strange seems to have hit the lovely spot between these two aspects. Scott Derickson’s long awaited adaptation of a cult super hero with mystic abilities has a mouth-wateringly excellent cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen and the flavour of the month every month since he appeared in the British TV series Sherlock – Benedict Cumberbatch. The casting has not met with uniform approval. The casting of Swinton in the role of a personality of Tibetan descent is being seen as another example of Hollywood whitewashing.
Doctor Strange is the source tale of Unusual (Benedict Cumberbatch), an egotistical physician who loses his arms in an accident. What follows is a search to regain his limbs in a magical place at the other end of the world, where he learns magic, gets outstanding abilities and becomes well-versed in martial arts.
The preview video jumbles together series from various areas of the movie to display the ability of the IMAX format. A majority of the video is about characters describing things to each other. The loving sub-plot with Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) will not feel out of place in a sappy TV show. There are also one liners, editions of which we have heard before, that are lifted by the innate charm and charisma that Cumberbatch possesses.
What actually works is the fact that Doctor Strange’s abilities provide filmmakers the opportunity to play with unique and psychedelic visuals. The surgeon-turned-superhero is able to bend time, discover several dimensions, manipulate space and the things around him.