Over the weekend I finally got to see Dr. Strange! So let’s dig into shall we? Oh, and there will be spoilers. You’ve been warned.
First things first, I absolutely loved the visuals in this film, it was amazing, and one of the select few films I enjoyed and watching in 3D. Let’s great on the acting, everyone was amazing! We all knew that Benedict Cumberbatch would be amazing, he’s such an accomplished actor, so I was not even concerned for one second that he wouldn’t kill it in this role. Another great one? Chiwetel Ejiofor, he was excellent in his role! What I loved about him was that it was incredibly believable to see him question his faith and ultimately fall to the dark side of the force. I even enjoyed Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Strange’s love interest. She wasn’t overly used, wasn’t annoying, and even had some comedic moments which I enjoyed. I like McAdams as an actress, but can sometimes find the love interest in movies to be annoying and/or forced. Luckily, she wasn’t.
Now let’s get into it, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One. There was a lot of controversy when she was cast in the role as the Ancient One as the character is Asian. Much like the issue of casting Cumberbatch as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. And while I’m annoyed (once again) at Hollywood’s questionable casting choices, I can’t say that she didn’t do a wonderful job in the role. Swinton, always commits to every role she’s in, but this was never a matter of her capability to perform (because, let’s be honest here), it’s really just the principle of the matter.
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount to comedy this film had to offer. We knew that Strange’s character would be somewhat of a pretentious asshole that would use this origin story as a way to better himself (much like Iron Man, Thor, Scarlet Witch…pretty much all the Avengers). I especially enjoyed his curious nature with regards to the books and his fun banter with Wong.
The one thing I didn’t particularly like was how quickly his training went. I enjoyed seeing that he was clearly not as established as his fellow classmates, and liked how he was so clearly uneven when fighting the films villain Mads Mikkelsen (another established actor) as Kaecilius.
Ultimately, I enjoyed this film for what it is…which, if you think about it, is just a better version of the terrible Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern film. Seriously, a cocky guy that joins a group of people fighting to protect the realms. He must fight some space cloud thingy to save the world, but ultimately looses his friend and colleague on his journey to becoming a bad guy.
One of my favourite things about this film was actually the scene at the end between him and Thor. It was funny, built to the characters, and tied in Dr. Strange with the next Thor film. Another great thing about this film is that it gave us another Infinity Stone! We have:
- Tesseract as Space Stone from Captain America: First Avenger
- The Reality Stone as The Aether from Thor: The Dark World
- The Power Stone as The Orb from Guardians of The Galaxy
- The Mind Stone as Loki’s staff/Vision from The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Time Stone as The Eye of Agamotto from Dr. Strange
This means there’s only one more left to go in order for Thanos to have his infinity gauntlet full with all the stones. And then it’s the Infinity Wars (or whatever Marvel’s calling the films)!
Did you enjoy Dr. Strange? Which Marvel film do you think will hold the final Infinity Stone? My guess is on Black Panther, Guardians Vol 2, or Thor: Ragnarok.