Saturday, 5 November 2016

MPOV: Doctor Strange

In Kathmandu, Nepal, the sorcerer Kaecilius and his zealots enter the secret compound Kamar-Taj and murder its librarian, keeper of ancient and mystical texts. They steal a ritual from a book forbidden by the Ancient One, a sorcerer who has lived for an unknown time and taught all at Kamar-Taj, including Kaecilius, in the ways of the mystic arts. The Ancient One pursues the traitors, but Kaecilius escapes with the pages and some of his followers.

Stephen Strange, an acclaimed neurosurgeon, loses the use of his hands in a car accident. His former lover and co-worker Christine Palmer tries to help him move on, but the arrogant Strange instead wants to heal his injuries. After months trying experimental surgeries on his hands, and using all his resources, Strange seeks out Jonathan Pangborn, a paraplegic who mysteriously was able to walk again. Pangborn directs Strange to Kamar-Taj, where he is taken in by another sorcerer under the Ancient One, Karl Mordo. The Ancient One shows Strange her power, revealing the astral plane and other dimensions such as the Mirror Dimension. Strange begs her to teach him, and she eventually agrees despite his arrogance, which reminds her of Kaecilius.

Strange begins his tutelage under the Ancient One and Mordo, and learns from the ancient books in the library, which is now protected by the master Wong. It is explained that Earth is protected from other dimensions by a spell formed from three buildings called Sanctums, found in New York City, London, and Hong Kong. The task of the sorcerers is to protect the Sanctums, though Pangborn chose to forgo this responsibility in favor of channeling energy into walking again; Strange will have to decide between regaining the use of his hands and defending the world. Strange advances quickly over several months, even secretly reading from the forbidden texts and learning to bend time with the mystical Eye of Agamotto. Mordo and Wong warn Strange against using such power and breaking the laws of nature, comparing his arrogant yearning for power to that of Kaecilius, who believes, after the deaths of his loved ones, that everyone should live as long as the Ancient One.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This is by far one of the best Marvel adaption of a superhero! Though I've not read the comics, this is truly an amazing movie with the awesome Benedict Cumberbatch as the great Doctor Strange :-) Well, they couldn't have gotten another similarly superb actor as Benedict was believable, so real and I was so immersed in the movie! He is definitely not typecast as a 'Sherlock' or a 'Kahn', truly, he is a versatile and talented actor.

Of course, the director, producer and other casts made a huge impact too with the interesting plots, nice scenery and realistic CGIs ;-) I must say I do have a very high expectation after reading the many rave reviews of this movie and luckily, it didn't disappoint me!

Comic will always be comic hence the plot may be expected at some point, overall it is a worth while movie to watch in the cinema. I am looking forward to the sequel :-)

There are 2 post credit trailers:
1 - midway showing Thor for the next Avengers
2 - the end showing Mordo for the next Doctor Strange sequel

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 8/10

Director: Scott Derrickson
Casts: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Benjamin Bratt
Category: PG-13; A 2016 American superhero film, fantasy, science fiction
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