Dr Strange

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

FOR­GET all the ini­tial hoopla about white­wash­ing and the fact that the trail­ers made it seem that this film was re­ly­ing too heav­ily on CGI.

This movie is worth watch­ing be­cause some­how the film­mak­ers man­aged to com­bine a good story, spec­tac­u­lar CGI (in­spired by In­cep­tion but taken fur­ther), and good act­ing.

The story re­volves around the bril­liant but ar­ro­gant Dr Stephen Strange (Cum­ber­batch, sport­ing a con­vinc­ing Amer­i­can ac­cent) who has the world at his feet.

How­ever, a freak ac­ci­dent causes se­vere dam­age to his hands that ren­ders him un­able to do the one thing that de­fines him, be a great sur­geon.

Driven to to the point of mad­ness to find a way to re­gain the full use of his hands, he even starts turn­ing on those close to him, such as Chris­tine Palmer (Rachel McA­dams), a fel­low sur­geon and a for­mer flame.

Dur­ing ther­apy, he hears about a paral­ysed man who started walk­ing again.

He looks at the man’s files and re­alises that it is im­pos­si­ble.

So Strange tracks down the mir­a­cle man, who in turn tells him about go­ing to Kath­mandu, to a place called Ka­mar-Taj, where some gu­rus taught him to heal him­self.

He also tells Strange that the same peo­ple wanted to teach him other things, but his mind was un­able to grasp it.

Strange goes to Kath­mandu look­ing for Ka­mar-Taj, and al­most gets robbed, but a mys­te­ri­ous man named Karl Mordo (Ejio­for) res­cues him and takes him to meet the An­cient One (Swin­ton), who ini­tially is put off by Strange’s ego but Cast: Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, Tilda Swin­ton and Chi­we­tel Ejio­for Di­rec­tor: Scott Der­rick­son E-Value: 8 Act­ing: 8 Plot: 7 even­tu­ally helps him.

How­ever, as Strange learns more about the hid­den worlds and al­ter­nate di­men­sions un­der the tutelege of the An­cient One and Mordo, as well as the books he gets from grouchy li­brar­ian Wong (Bene­dict Wong), he also learns about a for­mer master of the mys­tic arts named Kae­cil­ius (Mads Mikkelsen), who has gone against the An­cient One and who has aligned him­self to a pow­er­ful dark en­tity named Dor­mamu.

Strange must then dig deep within him­self to use his train­ing and save the world

The CGI used to de­pict the many di­men­sions is per­fectly used, and the fight chore­og­ra­phy is also well staged. The best part is that the key char­ac­ters are well utilised.

Cum­ber­batch is per­fect as Strange, mix­ing both ar­ro­gance and charm per­fectly, and both he and Wong have some truly funny scenes to­gether.

Both Mikkel­son and Swin­ton ex­celled in their roles, but I do wish Ejio­for had more to do.

For fans of The Avengers se­ries, wait for the mid-cred­its for a sur­prise ap­pear­ance.

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