Duh, I went to see Doctor Strange, because it is Benedict Cumberbatch💗. But I ended up loving the movie as a whole, and I’d even say that it restored my faith in Marvel.
It’s a superhero movie that showcases sorcery, mandalas and multi-universe theories- very trippy elements, not easy to handle. It could have well turned out to be a shady motivational colouring book.
But it did not, which was surprising and amazing.
Doctor Stephen Strange is an excellent neurosurgeon, until his hands get destroyed in a car accident. So he goes to Nepal in hope to heal his hands, and joins an enclave led by a sorcerer named the Ancient One. The Ancient One and her disciples are able to bend time and space, and they are fighting against unseen dark forces. Doctor Strange has to choose whether to leave behind everything he knows and save the world, or to heal his hands and go back to normal.
Character + Acting!!
Doctor Strange is not an immediately likeable character. He is arrogant and obnoxious, but he’s willing to improve. And Benedict Cumberbatch played him in a way that was so real and so relatable. His despair, his (sometimes off) sense of humour, his human-ness, and of course, his fabulous face <3.
What I liked:
Despite all the psychedelic elements, the movie was not too self-serious.
Yes, there is all the fighting against the “dark forces” going on, but the real world we live in is also very tangible in the story. There is also a lot of humour and love in the plot, which is great ❤ ❤
I love the idea of the mirror dimension– a dimension where the sorcerers fight, but it never affects the real world. It felt like the most convincing world-building Marvel has ever done. Maybe there are superheroes fighting to protect this world??? but they’re just in the mirror dimension and we can’t see them. That’s a neat idea.
Also, the visual effects are GORGEOUS. The CGI of Doctor Strange is inspired by a video game called Inception, and it just looks amazing. The superheroes and villains are able to bend space, so it looks like a freaking kaleidoscope with people running in it.
The only thing I did not like:
I actually hated this! There has been so much racism controversy surrounding this movie, and I think the criticism is well deserved.
Seeing the librarian Wong on screen was not a nice experience. He was one of the only two Asian characters, and he does not get any pop culture references or jokes that Doctor Strange makes. It felt like just another stereotypical character there to be another punchline. 😦