5 point review: Doctor Strange (2016)

I watch a lot of movies (and television, although less than I do movies). I’m also kind of lazy, so here’s a five-point review for Doctor Strange, the 2016 entry into the Marvel movie franchise that stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role.

  1. While the whitewashing of The Ancient One — a character that was originally Tibetan, but changed to Caucasian in the movie — is definitely something to be aware of, Tilda Swinton acts the shit out of everything she does, even in superhero movies.
  2. And while I’m at it, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor aren’t exactly slouches in the acting department either.
  3. I never quite grooved with the character of Doctor Strange. Like, doesn’t Marvel already have the archetype of “wealthy, supremely talented jerk gets some poetic justice to the face, learns a Lesson(tm), and then saves the world” in Ironman? And why is Dr. Strange’s karmic reward for a lifetime of being insufferable to everyone around him the ability to fly and a role in one of the most powerful organizations in the world (The Avengers)? Man, no wonder happens — I’d be pretty pissed off at fancy “wizards” too by this point.
  4. I think the special effects crew watched Inception and said, “Nah, we can beat that.” The world-flippy stuff was really, really great.
  5. I’m not a Cumberbatch fan in the first place, to be fair, but his accent in this movie bugged me. I realized near the end that it sounded exactly like Hugo Weaving’s super flat accent as Mr. Smith in the Matrix movies. That fits well when spoken by a sentient computer program, but less so when it’s supposed to be a real human American local.

Final verdict: 3/5, go watch Civil War again instead

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