Doctor Strange Review


AnaBelle Harris, Staff Writer

The second Doctor Strange movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness  comes out on May 5, 2022. So, it felt appropriate to reflect on the first Doctor Strange movie, which was released in 2016. After watching the first Doctor Strange movie last night, I can honestly say it is now one of my favorite movies. The magic and mind-trickery of this movie were all so well-done and the creative screenwriting and directing was phenomenal. Scott Derrickson did an amazing job directing and screenwriting along with C. Robert Cargrill and Jon Spaihts. I am so excited to see their work again with the second movie, which currently has an 86% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The cast for this movie was beyond talented, with Benedict Cumberbach as Doctor Strange, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius. They all portrayed their characters to a T. I don’t think there could have been any better actors for their respective roles. 

Benedict Cumberbach is an especially fantastic actor and represented Dr. Strange in a complex and well-developed way. He was able to make Doctor Strange appear as a “bad guy”, but the audience was all rooting for him. To me, he was kind of a know-it-all who didn’t accept anyone’s help. Doctor Strange is a character with major character flaws, like the need for perfection and his extreme individuality. This proved to be an obstacle throughout the film as Dr. Strange was reluctant to ask for help. Although, when he eventually did receive help, he ended up saving the world for the greater good. His need for perfection, in my opinion, actually helped him. Without his need to get his hands fixed, he would have never reached out for help from the Ancient One. Meaning he would have never learned to use his powers, and he would have never saved the world. Many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including myself, are excited to watch the new Doctor Strange movie that comes out on Thursday May 6.

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