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|Original title:||Doctor Strange|
|Genre:||Fantasy, Adventure, Action|
|Production country:||USA 2016|
|Running time:||Ca. 115 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is one of the best neurosurgeons in the world. His enormous talent is only surpassed by his arrogance. His work is his life - and that gets completely out of hand when, after an accident, he can no longer move his hands the way he would have needed them for the difficult operations. No specialist can help him, no operation, however expensive, completely restores the mobility of his fingers. In his desperation, he also opened himself to the art of healing beyond modern medicine. Allegedly there is a place - Kamar-Taj - that can work miracles for cases like this. When he arrives there, he quickly realizes that this is really a place full of wonder and magic. And suddenly his hands are no longer the central problem, because Doctor Strange is in the midst of a battle against dark forces that not only explodes our reality, but also every known dimension…
"Doctor Strange" is the next MARVEL superhero to make it onto the big screen. Unlike his colleagues Iron-Man, Spider-Man, Hulk or Thor, the master of the mystical arts is probably only known to comic connoisseurs - even though he saw the light of the comic world as early as 1963. But just like Ant-Man or the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Stephen Strange won't be an unknown hero after this movie at the latest. Because his screen debut is absolutely successful. This starts with the visual implementation, which puts elements from "Inception" or "Matrix" into a mixer, adds a little Far Eastern mythology, spices the whole thing up with a good dash of magic and conjures up a 3D spectacle of a kind particularly worth seeing.
Surely, the wheel is not reinvented here. And sometimes the story is a little confused. But you should never forget that this is about magicians who can move in different dimensions and bend and twist our reality as they like. If you are looking for logic or plausibility, you are in the wrong place. But those who can simply let themselves fall into this fantastic world will get their money's worth. Of course, this is not only due to the great effects, but also to the really good actors.
Benedict Cumberbatch moves on very safe terrain, his Doctor Strange is not too far away from the characters, which he masters with bravura. But the mixture of arrogance and self-irony with which he acts here is a lot of fun, especially when he interacts with Tilda Swinton or Benedict Wong. Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius is one of the best villains from MARVELLS cinema universe of the last time. This is not only due to Mikkelsen's play, but also to the fact that Kaecilius' motifs are clearly and openly presented and thus comprehensible to the viewer (which was not the case with Ultron from the second Avengers film, for example).
Director Scott Derrickson ("Sinister") has very well managed to lend a new dimension to the well-known MARVEl world in the truest sense of the word. He's bringing a breath of fresh air to the superhero universe. It may be that the film has its weaknesses or small lengths. But all in all, this is a first-class fantasy adventure with high show values, great action and a good portion of humor. Not the best movie in the MARVEL universe, but a damn good one. And so the announcement in the credits, that Doctor Strange will return (supposedly already in the next Avengers movie), certainly makes for a certain anticipation. After all, there is a very clear statement for this successful debut: Absolutely worth seeing!
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