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Release Date: November 04, 2016
Rating: Rated PG-13

Year   :   November 04, 2016
By   :   United States of America
Directed by   :   Scott Derrickson
Genre   :   Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Duration   :   130 min
Budget   :   $165 million
Screenplay by   :   Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Story by   :   Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Edited by   :   Wyatt Smith, Sabrina Plisco
Distributed by   :   Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Age   :   13+

A neurosurgeon with a destroyed career sets out to repair his hands only to find himself protecting the world from inter-dimensional threats.


Rating:   IMDb  / 8.0
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been hitting it out of the park with regularity (in terms of ticket sales) since they took a decidedly 2nd tier character named Iron Man and wrapped him in a warm, smarmy, monotone blanket of Robert Downey Jr back in 2008. Since then their formula of bright colours, clichés, clever quips, CG for the sake of CG and movement pretending to be action has struck a chord with consumers around the world who want to see celebrities in superhero costumes, rather than superhero movies. (The one exception to the Marvel milquetoast formula was 2011’s “Thor”, deftly directed by Kenneth Branagh, which managed to infuse its superhero mythology with appropriate gravitas and was, therefore, rejected by many because it wasn’t bright/funny enough.

The FilmToday we’re here to talk about Doctor Strange which may be the biggest gamble Marvel has taken since they invested $140 million in RDJ and the previously little known “Iron Man” 8 years ago. It’s a gamble because A) Who the hell is Doctor Strange? And B) Who the hell is Doctor Strange? Other potential problems (for Marvel’s Disney overlords who like nice predictable products) include the fact that the film stars a real actor (Benedict Cumberbatch) as opposed to a celebrity like Ryan Reynolds or RDJ and seems - from viewing the promotional materials - to have precious few of the snappy quips or stupefying Shrek-like pop culture references Disney has gotten filthy rich promulgating.

The PlotIt’s understandable that Disney would want to start investing in properties that can take over once RDJ isn’t able to hide his age behind Botox and CG anymore but is this the right property to pick up the mantel heading into the 2020’s? We’ll have to watch Doctor Strange to find out. What also remains to be seen is the plot because up to this point Marvel/Disney has been playing it close to the vest. What we’ve uncovered so far is that the film will be mostly origin story with a twist or two thrown in to keep things moving. Available synopses for Doctor Strange online tend to read like this:

Dr. Stephen Strange is involved in a terrible accident that makes it impossible for him to continue to practice as a neurosurgeon. Desperate, he embarks on a quest to find a cure for what ails him. This quest brings him into contact with the Ancient One (a mystical being of incredible power). The Ancient One informs him that he is to be the next Sorcerer Supreme, who will be responsible for protecting earth from the forces of inter-dimensional evil.

Enter bad guy and… action!  The trailers suggest a film that’s very much part “The Matrix” and part “Inception” with plenty of “wonder” and an unfortunate whiff of “Green Lantern” thrown in as well. Not much to chew on but that’s fine because you don’t want the trailer to give away everything. However, “Doctor Strange Begins” may not have what it takes to crack the billion dollar mark, or even the 1/2 billion dollar mark unless there’s something else plot-wise waiting in the wings as there was with the Wachowski’s one great film. Guess we’ll have to wait and either pony up for a ticket or stream Doctor Strange to find out.

ProductionA Doctor Strange full movie has been talked about for 30 years. Occasionally a writer would be attached, a few potential directors interviewed and then the project would die. This particular incarnation of the character had been in development for at least 5 years and, through some Tinseltown miracle, finally made it out of development hell in 2013. Pre-production began in 2014 yet Marvel/Disney still wanted to gauge the response to “Ant Man” (released July 2015) before committing serious resources to another equally risky enterprise. When that completely forgettable film squeezed $520 million out of the global box office on a $130 million budget, production on Doctor Strange went forward. As of this writing the movie is in the late stages of post-production and on schedule to hit theatres November 4.

THe HypeDoctor Strange may not be crucial to the successful execution of Marvel’s Phase 3 but it wouldn’t hurt the cause if it was a hit. The powers that be at The Mouse are understandably nervous about what happens when their current cash cow (RDJ) either dies of old age on set or hangs up his jet powered boots. Ant Man and “Guardians of the Galaxy” presented a glimmer of hope that there may be life beyond their current superhero line-up but Disney really needs another property to deliver before they’ll start viewing the future as the happiest place on earth. Because of this, the company has invested serious cheese in hyping Doctor Strange, including a high profile trailer release during the Olympics, but it’s still too early to tell whether the film will sink or swim once it hits theatres.
 
About the only thing related to Doctor Strange online that doesn’t seem iffy is the cast. That’s good because sometimes strong acting can turn weak material into something worth seeing (think Brad Pitt in “12 Monkeys”) and it might just pan out that way here. The cast includes:

Benedict Cumberbatch
Cumberbatch took some undeserved heat for playing Khan in “Star Trek Into Darkness” which was effectively a remake of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”. Despite JJ Abrams wishes everyone knew what was coming and so many long-time fans stayed away, not wanting to sully the memory of the earlier classic with a CG laden remake. Still Cumberbatch was a standout in that movie and has been equally impressive in other recent films including “The Imitation Game” and “Black Mass”. If anyone can pull off a compelling Doctor Strange it’s him.

Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton seems content to pick and choose her projects lately and those projects tend to be on the unconventional side (see the head-scratching “Snowpiercer”) so it’s a bit of a surprise to see her here. Her last big budget blockbuster-type film was “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” 6 years ago. She always provides an interesting read of whatever character she’s playing however, and so she may be able to bring something special to her role as The Ancient One. Let’s hope.

Chiwetelu Ejiofor
Chiwetelu Ejiofor has made a career as a solid character actor and he’ll no doubt do a great job anchoring the supporting cast, which will be important with a movie of this type. In this incarnation of Doctor Strange he’s playing Baron Karl Mordo. In the trailers Mordo seems something of a benign character (he also has the only snappy quip) but the history of the character suggests he may be called upon to provide some real range. It will depend on how the writers have decided to handle it. Ejiofor himself says things “get complicated” between his character and Strange.

Rachel McAdams
Like Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams is another talented woman who doesn’t appear much in large scale, big budget extravaganzas (the two Sherlock Holmes films being notable exceptions) but always brings something worth watching to the table. Here she’ll inhabit the role of Dr Christine Palmer, a colleague of Strange who witnesses his disintegration and rebirth as something extraordinary. She’s essentially Lois Lane; that person who knows both sides of the main character and keeps him grounded.

Mads Mikkelsen
Mikkelsen exploded onto the international scene with his spot-on portrayal of Le Chiffre in 2006’s outstanding “Casino Royale”. Since then he’s taken the Swinton/McAdams career route of concentrating on character driven dramas and low budget European art films. Here though he’ll have something to sink his considerable acting teeth into as Kaecilius, a former master of the Mystic Arts and associate of the Ancient One, who has fallen into darkness and now seems intent on being an enormous wet blanket on the world’s good times. He’s undoubtedly Strange’s nemesis in the film though to find out exactly how that will manifest itself you’ll need to watch Doctor Strange when it’s released.

Benedict Wong
Wong has made a nice career for himself traveling the galaxy in films like “Moon”, “Prometheus” and “The Martian”. So in a way it’s only natural that he’d graduate from standard space travel to the inter-dimensional travel of Doctor Strange. In the film he plays “Wong” (that’s no typo, the character name and the actor’s name are the same). Wong is the Doctor’s sidekick whose responsibilities include assisting in matters of the occult and watching after Strange’s physical body while he’s off carousing in other dimensions. Wong (the character) is also a healer of sorts and an accomplished martial artist.

The Director
Director Scott Derrickson seemed an unlikely choice to direct this particular Marvel film since his reputation is based on writing and directing horror flicks including “Sinister” and “Hellraiser”. It may be a case of Disney wanting Marvel to cultivate some new talent or he may have been chosen simply because he helped write the screenplay and knew it well. His horror offerings tend to be solid, professional efforts so perhaps expanding into the superhero/fantasy realm won’t be such a stretch and he’ll join the Marvel directing stable for the long haul.

The WritersScott Derrickson: As mentioned above Director Scott Derrickson was also one of several writers brought in at different points to work on the screenplay.
C. Robert Cargill: Cargill’s previous big screen writing credits are limited to “Sinister” 1 and 2 (along with Derrickson) and a short film called “As They Continue to Fall”. It’s interesting that he’d get the call here. It could be a money-saving gambit on Disney’s part.

Jon Spaihts: Spaihts has the most varied output on the writing team having written the screenplay for the low budget sci-fi feature “The Darkest Hour” and the original draft of “Prometheus” (which Damon Lindelof famously rewrote to death). He’s currently working on several other features including the recently green-lit “Pacific Rim: Maelstrom” and the reboot of “The Mummy”.

Steve Ditko: Ditko created the character Doctor Strange for Marvel in 1963 but has had little to do with it since 1966.
As you may have guessed by now our expectations for Doctor Strange are mixed. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have our fingers crossed. When we stream Doctor Strange we’d love to see something along the lines of the mind-bending, hallucinogenic vision Ditko tried hard to communicate. But it will take some uncharacteristic leeway from Disney in order for Marvel to create such a thing. Scott Derrickson’s horror credentials should bode well for the darker aspects of the story and character but the fact that he’s new to the genre and not what you’d call an A-list director (at least not yet) means that he’s unlikely to have much creative control.

It’s tempting to draw conclusions from the trailers but we won’t honestly know what the Doctor Strange full movie is like until it’s released in November. It could be a revelation ala The Matrix or it could turn out to be what is essentially a 20 minute origin story stretched to 2 hours and buried under an avalanche of ho-hum, run of the mill CG.

If Doctor Strange comes down on the Ant Man side of the box office ledger rather than the much happier Guardians of the Galaxy side of the ledger, Marvel may be looking at DC-like returns going forward. If on the other hand Doctor Strange hits Disney’s billion dollar sweet spot it will likely signify The Mouse (via Marvel) will remain the comic book movie force for years to come.

In the world of Marvel comics, superheroes are pretty much straightforward goodie-two- shoe characters with extraordinary powers who are out to save the world. Well, with the entrance of Doctor Strange, that is the first thing to change. In his real-life, this guy is a first-class jerk! Sure, he’

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