Dr. Strange is a 2016 movie based on the Marvel comics of Stan Lee. The movie starts with Kaecilius (played by Mads Mikkelson) and his zealots stealing pages from an ancient mystical book and heading the librarian at Kamar-Taj. The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) pursues them but they escape.
The protagonist of the movie is Dr Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), an arrogant and successful neurosurgeon with an impeccable record. He seems to have the world on his fingers but a fatal accident on his way to a gala night causes multiple torn ligaments and severe nerve damage to his hands, leaving him unable to carry out surgeries.
At first, I was irritated by Strange’s arrogant nature. Read this dialogue between him and Dr Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) when he woke up after surgery.
“No one could have done better,” Christine says.
“I could have done better,” Strange replies.
This character trait of Strange drives the movie. After numerous failed medical attempts to rectify the nerve damage in his hands, he comes down from his high horse and seeks alternative help when he hears of Jonathan Pangborn, a paraplegic who mysteriously regained use of his legs. The movie gathered momentum when Strange sets out to Kamar-Taj where he finds the Ancient One who reluctantly agrees to train him after having a taste of his arrogance which reminds her of Kaecilius (her former student whose ultimate goal is to usher in the Dark Dimension ruled by Dormammu).
Under the guidance of the Ancient One and Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his photographic memory, Strange learns the mystic art, acquires its power and gets acquainted with the Cloak of Levitation. After the Ancient One dies during a confrontation with Kaecilius, Strange is saddled with the responsibility of protecting the three Sanctums at New York City, London and Hong Kong.
The climax of the movie is the battle between Strange and Kaecilius at hong Kong. Strange wins by making a deal with Dormammu after trapping himself and the Dark Lord in an endless moment.
I love the fact that Strange began to see life the right way. He realised that the world doesn’t have to bend to his own rules and ways. He also began to appreciate his friend and fellow surgeon, Dr Palmer.
Dr Strange is the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic to give room for faith in something bigger rather than science or technology can be a source of power.
When I heard about the Dr Strange movie, I was fascinated by the name and I looked forward to watching the movie. When I eventually did, I wasn’t disappointed. I love everything about the movie, from the special effects to the dialogue, especially the sage words of the Ancient One and the action sequences. It was amazing. The movie was a great thriller. If you are looking for action and entertainment, I strongly recommend Dr Strange.
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