It starts off super (Doctor) strange indeed, but the story is made clear(er) in short order.
The newest Marvel installation stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton and Benedict Wong (of Marco Polo, Khan fame).
Clearer, yes…but totally weird. As gravity is reversed, houses turned sideways, bricks turning into gears, all this whilst holes and portals are being opened and shut on the streets of London, New York and Hong Kong.
The Doctor (Cumberbatch) himself is full of musical knowledge and a well to do neurosurgeon, but a horrific car accident leaves him deformed and unable to conduct the procedures that made him famous. The only one who would have been good enough to fix him, was himself…and it’s too late for that, even with out of body experiences.
So he heads to Kathmandu in search of the rumored Kamar-Taj that may be able to help him regain his original self.
With the help of Mordo (Ejiofor) and The Ancient One (Swinton) he overcomes the thought process that he can’t be put back together and uses his spirit to heal himself.
Harnessing energy from other dimensions of the multiverse, he learns to create magic and figure out how to make life worth living again…with a little help from a Levitation Cloak.
Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain.
McAdams plays the Doctor’s love interests and Wong is the ancient libraries keeper, and he plays a subtle comedic relief.
It’s a Marvel action movie mixed with just the right amount of comedy, and gets an 8.5 out of 10.