The Marvel film centers on Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch): a egotistical neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands after a car accident. Using all of his resources Stephen tries to find a way to fix the damage in his hands, but no procedure can be done to fix his nerves. In a final attempt Strange travels to Kathmandu after hearing that someone there can heal his hands. Sure enough Strange finds the person he is looking for in a being known as the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Rather than healing his hands the Ancient One shows Strange the mystics arts and the role it plays in the universe. After witnessing the astral plane for himself, Strange seeks to learn from the Ancient One which she reluctantly agrees to. With the help of Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong) Stephen Strange becomes prevalent in a way of mystic arts, but the doctor soon discovers the role the sorcerers play as the world is threatened by Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelson); who seeks to release the being Dormammu from the dark realm.
I found the story to Doctor Strange to be expected. Along with following the character’s backstory, this origin followed traits that have been used in many superhero films before it. However the film’s sense of storytelling did work against it as, even with its intriguing concepts, there was nothing new about to this mystical plot. What also hurt the plot’s execution was its pacing. The story rushed in areas, such as Strange’s training, and I felt like this direction prevented the plot from being furthered explored. Yet even with its problems, the story to superhero film was enjoyable. The concept behind the story was investing while its outcome was compelling. The world presented in this film was definitely engaging but I feel the story’s executions held it back from being truly marvelous.
While it may not be the strongest film from the MCU, Doctor Strange remains to be an effective blockbuster. Even with the issues in both the story and characters, both element managed to work thanks to the likes of concepts and performances. Plus with its use of effects the movie is a spectacle that is worth seeing. While I cannot say that Doctor Strange changes the spectrum of superhero films I can say that, at the very least, this blockbuster redefines movie magic for the Marvel Cinematic Universe-and just movies in general.