Marvel introduce their newest superhero to hit the big screen - Dr Strange.
After a tragic car accident, talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Marvel juggernaut continues, launching another hero into the mix and one who doesn’t exactly fit the conventional comic book model. It’s an unconventional diversion from the usual fare and delivers a lot more than you might expect. Certainly when I saw the trailer I wasn’t sold on the idea but it just goes to show you shouldn’t judge a “book by its cover”.
If anything, this feels light years away from the Marvel universe and yet benefits from it all the more. The action comes thick and fast and serves up a really impressive final act that employs some clever techniques you’re unlikely to have seen in cinema before.
Cumerbatch plays the lead with intelligence and humour, ably assisted by Mads Mikkelsen as the chief villain Kaecilius and Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
If like me you were sceptical then put your preconceived notions to one side and give this a try. It isn’t Captain America or Iron Man but it’s a rewarding watch nevertheless.
George R Vaughan