Doctor Strange (2016)

After so long time not posting something, finally I’m back! Haha. Here’s the official website.

Doctor Strange tells us about Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant neurosurgeon that suddenly got a car accident that cripples his both hands. Within his despair, Strange goes to Kamar Taj, Nepal, looking for The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who’s said to be able to cure his hands. Strange then is being introduced to the world of mystical magic and other dimensions, beside Chakra and spirit. His intelligence leads him to find out that The Ancient One and her disciples are defending the earth from the evil spirit Dormammu that has been summoned by Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), The Ancient One’s former disciple. With the help of Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong), Strange tries his best to defeat Kaecilius and prevents Dormammu to darken the earth.

9/10. No no no, don’t get me wrong of giving high score because my favorite Benedict Cumberbatch is the lead! Actually I’ve never seen any of Marvel’s comic books and still have no idea who or what this adaptation should be, and I won’t talk about the similarities of the comic books and this live-action movie. I simply find that this movie is entertaining. The CGI reminds me a little about Nolan’s Inception (2010), with Mortal Kombat’s fighting styles and then adds the Marvel taste in it with your brand new witch (I’m not saying a new superhero btw haha). It was mesmerizing! The dimensional shiftings, the magic, the mystical things, it’s like they’re all blended into a surprisingly excellent mix.

And I loveeeeeeeee the jokes! I mean, with all that upside down CGIs, the jokes are the only thing that keeps this movie grounded. The jokes is funny (it still can make me laugh), not exaggerated, and cleverly placed on the right place. The rest is just so-so. Benedict Cumberbatch is just acting, as usual. If you’ve seen him on Sherlock  (TV Series, 2010-now) and The Imitation Game (2014), this is clearly not his best performance. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams feel more like eye-candy. However, the only actor (or in this case, actress) that stole the screen is surely Tilda Swinton. With her bald head, low voice and undeniable persona, Swinton shines all through the movie and really stole the show.

Finally, I must remind you this is a PG-13 movie, so please don’t bring your children with you while watching this movie. Oh, and please do not leave your seat until the end of the credits. THERE ARE TWO AFTER CREDIT SCENES THAT YOU SHALL NOT PASS! Hahaha. Enjoy!!

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