Doctor Strange (2016) – Ace Mini-Review

Doctor Strange
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Written by: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
U.S.A., 2016

How good is this movie?

This is definitely an aesthetically appealing film. It may be borrowing in obvious ways from other reality-bending thrillers like Inception or The Matrix, but it makes for good viewing, especially on the big screen. I enjoyed Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance, although his wisecracking occasionally becomes a little excessive. Tilda Swinton hits all the right notes as the wise old mentor. And, while I have mixed feelings about a levitating cape as comic relief, it does make for an original choice of sidekick. The weakness is the story, which isn’t well explained and gets bogged down in rather bland ethical discussions. I enjoyed watching it, and all, but don’t ask me what it was all about!

How ace is this movie?

Like most Cumberbatch characters, Stephen is an eccentric genius who is bad with people. He does enjoy a fairly amicable, flirtatious relationship with his ex-girlfriend Christine, and there are hints that he would like to renew the romance, but he usually finds more pressing issues to worry about. Apart from that, sex doesn’t factor into the story, and Stephen shows no interest in any other women.

3 Stars; 3 Aces

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