Nov 12, 2016
Things get a little "Strange" this
week as Brian, John, and Elaine throw on their sling rings and dive
into the mind bending mystical stage 3 marvel film, Doctor
Strange. We try to use our mystical movie powers and conjure
answers to some of the biggest mysteries facing this entry in the
Marvel Cinematic Universe such as does it suffer from weak
villains that aren't Loki and forgettable female characters that
marvel gives no time to. Also is Benedict Cumberbatch playing
Tony Stark or Doctor House or some other asshole who is redeemed
after some trauma? So grab your cloak of levitation and trip
out on the astral plane as we review Doctor Strange.
Doctor Strange (2016)
- Doctor Stephen Strange is an
accomplished surgeon who seemingly has
everything..money..confidence bordering on being a douche...so what
could go wrong.
- Strange gets into a horrible car
accident that cripples his hands.
- Strange becomes obsessed trying to
cure his hands and return to his career. In his search, he
comes across Karma-taj, a mystical place run by The Sorcerer
Supreme: The Ancient One.
- Strange learns to master the mystical
arts and get over his own hubris along with battle the
villainous Kaecilius who looks to open The Dark Dimension and
it's overlord, Dormamu, to our world.
- Racial white washing in casting
- The Ancient One in the comics is asian. In this
adaptation, Tilda Swinton plays The Ancient One which is indicative
of Hollywood's love affair with casting white people in non white
- Suffers from the typical Marvel villain problems.
- Marvel is notorious for crafting extremely forgettable villains
(other than Loki of course).
- Kaecilius is extremely under developed and is given no time to
develop as a character or add any reason to care or relate to the
- Doctor Strange acts just like Tony Stark and even goes through
the same kind of "trauma" and character arc as Tony Stark.
- Visual effects are simply beautiful in this film.
- Definitely worth seeing in 3D simply for the ability to trip
out during the alternate dimension scenes.
- The story itself, despite being predictable, does stand on it's
own and doesn't feel like a checklist for the next Avengers film
(**I'M LOOKING AT YOU AGE OF ULTRON!!**).
- Cumberbatch does create a solid Stephen Strange that adds just
the right amount of humor without going full Whedon.
- Ending is fantastic as it uses the ability of Doctor Strange
outsmarting Dormamu instead of simply punching him.
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