Benedict Cumberbatch is spellbinding as Doctor Strange

After spending months acquiring magical powers, Marvel's Doctor Strange (Benjamin Cumberbatch) faces the dilemma of whether to return to civilian life or defend the world as sorcerer.

This image released by Disney shows Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Marvel's "Doctor Strange." Photo: Disney/Marvel via AP

WASHINGTON, November 7, 2016 – Marvel’s newest film Doctor Strange, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Doctor Stephen Strange, hit theaters this past weekend. This latest blockbuster introduces viewers to the mystical side of the Marvel Universe.

Dr. Strange is a renowned neurosurgeon who relies too much on his gifted hands. He loses the ability to use his hands as a neurosurgeon after getting into a massive car accident. Strange ends up using all his money to find a way to heal his hands, which leads him to meet the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) Strange is introduced to multiple dimensions and later begs the Ancient One to teach him her ways.

After spending months acquiring magical powers, Doctor Strange faces the dilemma of whether to return to civilian life or defend the world as sorcerer. The film was directed by Scott Derrickson and boasts an all-star cast including: Benjamin Bratt, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins and Benedict Wong.

During the course of the film, Strange learns about the threats facing Earth; threats larger than that which can be stopped by the Marvel Team Avengers. The main threat stems from former student of Ancient One by the name of Kaecillius (Maz Mikkelsen) who attempts to summon the Dark Dimension.

Doctor Strange delivers a visually driven action film with the feeling of an Inception movie. The film showcases multiple dimensions, and a magic flying cape. Cumberbatch delivers a strong performance as cocky and condescending Doctor Strange, in which we can see some of the wry, quirky personality of the actors other iconic character, Sherlock Holmes. Cumberbatch provides his character with plenty of heart and dry humor.

Rolling Stone’s Pete Travers praises Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance.

“What Robert Downey Jr. is to Iron Man and Ryan Reynolds is to Deadpool—that’s what Benedict Cumberbatch is to Doctor Strange. By that I mean, he’s everything,” “The British actor, flashing an American accent eons away from the plummy tones of Sherlock or Hamlet, is the creative spark that ignites this bracing new entry in the Marvel cinematic universe.”

But, to Derrickson’s credit, the movie deviates “just enough from the cookie-cutter Marvel pattern to become its own living, breathing, thrilling thing.”

Doctor Strange’s origin story takes a different approach that other origin stories such as Iron Man, by injecting humor into the movie. The past films have featured a more serious tone. While the film fires on all cylinders, it does have a few flaws throughout the film.

The only downside to the film: the jokes feel forced and the dialogue was dry at times.

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