Doctor Strange takes audience on a Marvel acid trip
November 9, 2016
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From comic book obscurity into a multi-million dollar blockbuster, Doctor Strange proves to be a compelling addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The plot was efficient and simple, letting the characters and visuals be the true selling point. The tone remained mostly consistent throughout the film, balancing moments of gravity and heavy emotional impact with subtle humor and wit.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Stephen Strange gave nuance and humanity to the character that could keep an audience rooting for him, even at his most unlikable moments. He and the co-stars worked well together and resulted in realistic relationships and dialogue.
While the marketing campaign made this film seem like an Inception knock-off, the effects were much more kaleidoscopic and sometimes downright trippy. The inclusion of magic was reflected in the action sequences, less brute force and more strategy, but the film was not without its flaws.
This is pretty much an ordinary superhero origin story, full of exposition and a relatively predictable plotline. The MCU has a reputation for weak villains, and this film didn’t do much to end the stereotype. Mads Mikkelsen did his best to flesh out his character, but he still seemed like more of a means to an end.
This film faced a whitewashing controversy with the casting of some characters, and again we see minorities mostly in the sidekick role. And while Rachel McAdams’s character made important contributions to the story, she was still mostly relegated to the role of a love interest.
Despite its flaws, Doctor Strange is a good movie; one worth watching in the theater. Make sure you don’t leave when the credits roll because there is a mid-credit scene and an end credit scene that you don’t want to miss.
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