Doctor Strange (2016)

Sherlock leaves London, goes to New York and becomes an acclaimed neurosurgeon. After a terrible accident, he learns the secrets of the mystical arts, turning himself in one of the most powerful superheroes of Marvel world.

Avoiding to explain the whole plot in detail, Doctor Strange is the last movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the leading role, the smart yet very arrogant surgeon Stephen Strange, similar, in too many ways, to one of his most famous characters, Sherlock. Much more fascinating are his sidekick: the librarian Wong (Benedict Wong), his mystical Cloack of Levitation and his enemy, Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal).

Much more interesting than the plot are the visual effects, whose makers, Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould have been rightly nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 89th Academy Awards (I haven’t understood yet why they didn’t win).

Not being completely charmed by Steven Strange as I was by Captain America (Chris Evans) or entertained by this movie as I was by Ant-Man (2015), Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, is an enjoyable movie, even though it’s not my favourite among those produced by the Marvel Studios in these last few years.


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