Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton
Studio: Marvel Studios
Rated: PG-13 (For sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence)
While still grounded in the real world to a certain extent, "Doctor Strange" reminded me a lot more of "Inception" than "Thor." Certainly a lot less complicated than both those movies, but it is nice the film makers who do creative stuff while still having fun. While the plot could be considered pedestrian there is no shortage of surprises. The city bends and warps during one sequence and our characters must do a chase through the ever changing city landscape. At one point there is a battle where a sword and a red cape with a flamboyant personality are on equal footing. Strange and his sparing partner Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) are lively and snappy, and both characters compliment their different personalities, not work against each other. If there is a downside to all of this it could be said that the villain is not very... let's say engaging, this time around.
Maybe it was inevitable that a villain whose sole goal is for immortal life isn't the most complicated, but in a movie that does so much with the world that surrounds the characters, it is a bit anti-climatic that the main antagonist should want something as simple as a powerful stone. Yeah, I know this has something to do with the Infinity Stones story that has been playing out across multiple Marvel movies at this point, but if anything "Doctor Strange" proves that there is more freedom when it is it's own thing rather than a puzzle piece in a bigger universe. Regardless, I can't fault the movie too much because it is the rare superhero movie that offers unique thrills and offers a healthy dose of pure imagination and movie magic.
Parents, there is some science fiction/fantasy violence and some minor language. Sex is alluded to but not in detail. Recommended for ages 13 and up.