Never Metaphysical I Didn't Like
Doctor Strange
Review by Ross Anthony

Want a hero with metaphysical superpowers? Need a more spiritual action film? Try Dr. Strange. Squashing one's powerful ego in a matter of weeks that's impressive strength! In all seriousness, I appreciated the new-agey-ness of this latest Marvel character film released by Disney.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swanson are both mighty, and their interactions on screen are a pleasure to watch. That said, the actual physical fighting on screen becomes a bit tiresome (I know I may be in the minority on that - but, more powerful spiritualism would have been apropos). Still, gorgeous "Inception type special effects" (x10) make the film a spectacle to behold. and It's always captivating and fun (save for the "more than necessary" clangy fight scenes). Brilliant as an origin story, though, a sequel may pose more of a challenge.

They sure pack this film with a lot of thought, spirit, visuals, acting, action, and good humor.

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  • Doctor Strange. Copyright © 2016.
  • Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swanson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen. Directed by Scott Derrickson. Disney.

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)

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