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Doctor strange is one film which I was waiting for from last many years specially after the Matrix trilogy ended. The film is a perfect amalgamation of fantasy, adventure and Philosophy, a genre which I vouch for. It is certainly the best looking film of Marvel cinematic universe in the history if not the best film, for me somehow it is also the best film of MCU to date because of my inclination towards Philosophy maybe. But even for others this is the best origin film ever made in Hollywood without any doubt. The first seven minutes of it is the best shot footage ever though a little hint of the visuals of Inception is there but it goes beyond that. The actors have given life to their characters starting from the lead Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Dr. Strange seems to have taken birth to play this role, he is so believable as the new sorcerer superhero of Marvel cinematic universe. This is another feather in the cap of Emmy winner and Academy award nominee’s career. Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, mentor of Dr. Strange is powerful, she worked on her body also and delivers a strong performance. Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, Master of the Mystic Arts who breaks off from the Ancient One has played the negative role with aplomb. The British actor has made this otherwise unidirectional role entertaining and effective. Others such as Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor are superb in their respective roles and provide able support to the mains. The VFX is just too good and if there’s any justice left in the world then it should win an Oscar for the best visual effects category.
Whether it’s the writing of Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill or the screenplay everything is mind blowing. It’s so entertaining yet substantial. The cinematography of Ben Davis is delicious and salivates the taste buds of the eyes. Direction of Scott Derrickson is so refreshing that we don’t even feel it is a Marvel movie. New in its story line and treatment, despite having the restrains of a Marvel product it soars high and delivers big time. There are two post credit scenes and only that act as the thread to join this movie to the other huge blockbusters of Marvel and yes those scenes you just cannot miss, which also gives a glimpse of our very favorite Avengers. Well, all said and done, Doctor strange can’t be missed. This freaky adventure reminds us of how effective VFX can be when you have got some imagination behind them. I’ll go with 4 stars out of 5.