A double-dose of Benedict...
With all of the recent talk about this guy in the MCU, and Spider-Man and bringing back Maguire and Garfield, it was only a matter of time before I gave in and finally reviewed this. 'Doctor Strange' really is great, like really really great. However, for me, there is just something missing. Personally, I think his character is amazing and so interesting, one of my favourites with regards to all of the superheroes out there. He was fantastic in Infinity War and I actually thought he was probably the best in it. This is no different. Once again, we see a fantastic performance from Cumberbatch. He shone above the rest in a very talented cast. My issue isn't with the acting. Instead, it's the story - or lack of. It felt a bit of copy and paste of 'The Dark Knight Rises', and that's not necessarily a bad thing. I just wanted there to be something original, for once. I knew that releasing this in the same year as 'Civil War' meant it had some big boots to fill, and it nearly does. It's just the basicness (????) of the plot, it's almost too predictable, unfortunately. I do believe that they have fixed this surrounding his character in his appearances since. Hats off to Marvel for making this movie, though. It was such a huge risk to introduce a character of this magnitude into the MCU, and also, one that wasn't as well known as people may have thought. However, we knew it was coming all the way back in 'The Winter Soldier' with his name being teased. For once though, it's not the humour or the action that really stands out for this film: it's the special effects. I have never seen a film with such mind-bending CGI and make it feel so realistic. It is the best rendering of this I have ever seen and I find it difficult to imagine what on Earth we are going to see in 'The Multiverse of Madness'.
To be honest, I am definitely being too harsh on this movie but it just didn't leave me feeling wowed once I finished watching it. Not the way I was after 'Civil War' or for a similar scale, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'. The latter is the definition of how to introduce a character into a franchise with a solo movie. I know he appeared in 'Civil War', but we really get to see a good balance of Peter Parker and Spider-Man in this movie. For Doctor Strange, it's potentially 90% Steven Strange and 5% Doctor Strange with 5% in limbo. It is just way too unbalanced for me, and I really hoped for a more engaging plotline. It's not bad, but it could have been so much better.
Duration: 1h 55 mins.
Released: 25 October 2016 (UK).
My Rating: 7.9/ 10