(This review may contain spoilers).
It’s likely to come as no surprise to anyone who reads my reviews that, the moment I saw Doctor Strange advertised, I immediately wanted to see it… and took my nine-year-old niece, who probably knows more about Marvel than I do, to see it.
I’ve seen Benedict Cumberbatch in quite a lot of things by now and I felt like he portrayed Doctor Strange really well. Of course, he’d already had experience playing an arrogant character in BBC’s Sherlock.
It was good to see how, even though Strange lost the use of his hands, he didn’t lose any of his arrogance… even though that arrogance showed in different ways.
I found the Ancient One to be a really intriguing character, though by the end of the movie, I was left a little in the dark about what her exact motivations were.
I did find Mordo to be quite intriguing. I recognised the actor, but I didn’t really think a later scene fit with his character. I would have liked some more background and depth to him, to explain the path he took later.
I was a bit disappointed that, for a Marvel movie, there was very little humour. I did like the fact it was a bit more serious, though, and I especially enjoyed Strange’s interactions with Wong.
I thought it was good to see something of the power the characters could use and to get an idea of how it worked. I thought it was interesting to learn about the different artefacts imbued with abilities… and it was good to see something of the origins of Doctor Strange’s cape.
The mirror world was an intriguing aspect of the movie, though I did get a little confused about how it worked. It was amusing, and did a lot to break up the tension, to see Stan Lee’s cameo.
If you see this movie, make sure you stay till the end, as there are two extra scenes.