Property review: Dr. Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme

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Dr. Strange: The Sor­cerer Supreme

Lion­s­gate, 2007

Dr. Strange DVD con­jures fine story

Dr. Strange is strange, indeed. He’s got the poten­tial to be a top-tier char­ac­ter, yet he’s not out there for Mar­vel that much. How­ever, he has received the ani­mated movie treat­ment like most of the periph­eral Avengers so he has some promi­nence. And his film isn’t that bad.

Dr. Strange takes some time get­ting into. Start­ing off slow, the film han­dles Strange’s back­story with care, mix­ing in dif­fer­ent parts from the main­stream and Ulti­mates incar­na­tions. We see how Strange is at the top of his game, loses every­thing and hits rock bot­tom and finally becomes Earth’s Sor­cerer Supreme. In his jour­ney, Strange learns to care about oth­ers and that money and posi­tion in life aren’t every­thing. Even though Strange has one of the most cliché tales, espe­cially involv­ing a friend-turned-foe, the story isn’t bad and it’s paced pretty well. The addi­tion of the back­story involv­ing his sister’s death is slightly weird, since it’s not in the actual comics. While it gives Strange some emo­tional depth and makes him more relat­able than his comic coun­ter­part, it’s not actu­ally necessary.

What really makes the film worth watch­ing is its voice act­ing cast. The voices cho­sen are per­fect. With Kevin Michael Richard­son among them, the cast is pitch per­fect and almost could have been con­sid­ered for the same roles in Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3 (ed’s note: Richard­son does make an appear­ance in MvC3, not as Baron Mordo but as Galac­tus). Bryce John­son, as the voice of Strange, is also excel­lent. There are a few more well-known names such as Phil LaMarr, Mar­vel stal­wart Fred Tatas­ciore and Tara Strong that round out the strong cast.

Also stand­out is the qual­ity of the ani­ma­tion. The char­ac­ters ani­mate beau­ti­fully and the lines and style are clean. It’s in the same vein as The Avengers movies, but look bet­ter than Hulk Versus.

Dr. Strange is an inter­est­ing char­ac­ter, and his ani­mated fea­ture pro­vides a decent-if-not-cliché look at his mem­o­rable back­ground and strug­gle to become some­thing greater than him­self. Give it a go if Strange’s tale of might and magic will intrigue you.

HOW WE GRADE

We score the prop­er­ties in three cat­e­gories: Cast­ing (or voice act­ing in cases of ani­mated), plot and sim­i­lar­i­ties to its source mate­r­ial. Each cat­e­gory receives points out of the max­i­mum of 10 per cat­e­gory and 30 over­all. The per­cent­age is the final score.

Like the comics?: 6

Cast­ing: 9.5

Plot: 8

Over­all: 23.5/30 or 7.8

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