OPEN YOUR MIND. CHANGE YOUR REALITY.
Brilliant but arrogant New York surgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has his hands destroyed in a car accident; out of desperation, he looks up a mystic (Tilda Swinton) in Nepal who opens his mind and gives him awe-inspiring abilities. Another Marvel hero gets his own movie, done in the same style as all the predecessors, with a generous sense of humor, impressive visual effects in 3D and great casting. Cumberbatch does for Strange what Robert Downey, Jr. did for Stark; in other words, he’s a lot of fun to watch. Entertaining and elaborate, even if most of the magical tricks come across as curiously uninvolving.
2016-U.S. 115 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Scott Derrickson. Comic Book: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Karl Mordo), Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong… Benjamin Bratt. Cameos: Stan Lee, Chris Hemsworth.
Trivia: Cumberbatch also plays the evil entity Dormammu, created with motion-capture technology and having the star’s voice blended with that of another actor. At one point, Joaquin Phoenix was allegedly considered for the lead role. Strange next appeared in Thor: Ragnarok (2017).