Doctor Strange – Imaginative Visuals Review

Doctor StrangeRating 5/5 Get ready for a bit of a ride on this Doctor Strange review. I will be spoiling a few parts of the movie.   Doctor Strange should mark a time where geeks stop it with the “when will Marvel fail” bullshit.   The idea that these characters are “unknown” therefore hard to bring to the screen is no longer reasonable.  Because geeks think they are in the days when geeks and nerds were the outcasts.  Today the thinly self-described “geek culture” is more like the sexy cheerleader everyone wants to get close to.   Doctor Strange proves this status and geeks need to start acting like it.

It’s Magic

That throwaway line in Thor where he tells Jane Foster “What you think of as magic, we think of as science” was bullshit.   These characters exist in a world where a little white guy turns big and green.  Marvel is the world where a teenager gets bitten by a radioactive spider and gets super powers. Why would anyone think the audience would go “magic, okay that’s just crazy.”    Not only did this movie embrace magic, it took magic in a direction no ones took it in before.  Doctor Strange is not Harry Potter or the old Doctor Strange TV movie.   The comparison with inception is fleeting because Nolan should wish he could have taken the concept to this level.  Some reviewers would say the comparison is fair, but it’s not.  Get over it.

Comparative Nitpicks

Doctor Strange SorcererOne of the nitpicks about Doctor Strange was the moment Rachel McAdams is confronted with some really weird magic and seems to accept it easily.   A few critics seem to think this was too easy.  In a world where aliens attack, robots go wild and float whole city and people who think they’re gods drop indestructible robots into our laps there has to come to a point where these things are surprising but not the complete shock as they world where such things are fiction.

Then there’s this tiresome argument about Marvel’s villains.  In Doctor Strange, everyone liked Mads Mikkelsen but complained his character wasn’t the best villain.   The group-think yammering about “not knowing the villain well enough” or “the villain not getting enough back story.”   I reject these ideas because one of the greatest villain in geek culture.  Darth Vader never got a back story except in dodgy and contradictory exposition.   That was one of the reasons why the first three trilogies are considered the best.   The prequels, which told the Vader’s back story, is considered shit.   These are comic book villains, we don’t need to know a detailed origin story for all of them.

Learning Curves

The final nitpick is about how Doctor Strange learned to fast. By the end of the movie it’s obvious he’s but still has a lot to learn. He gets out of situations with John McClain’s luck mixed with some stuff he picked up. He doesn’t beat the bad guys outright, but he does manage to surprise them.

Some criticisms hold up. For instance, how the guardians of all these temples were the worse guardians on Earth or some of the rules set down in one scene did not comply with others. However, these are a minor few elements of an overall solid movie. Doctor Strange deserves its 5/5 rating.

Fights and Last Fight

Benedict CumberbatchWhere Doctor Strange really shined was in the fight scenes. The fight scenes elevate this movie because they were weird and inventive. The first scenes are the main reason to watch the movie again and again. The fight before the finale which was worth the price for Imax alone. Doctor Strange subverts the “city blows up” trope by having the city already blown when the hero arrives but have the city put itself back together with a spell reversing time. One of the villains is thrown into a wall as it comes back together trapping them in solid concrete. The Ground Hog Day solution to stopping the real big bad an interesting and inventive way to show us how far the arrogant Dr. Strange has come to being a hero.

 

Doctor Strange White-Washing

The Ancient One was more of a bit player throughout Tilda Swinton Doctor Strange in the comics.  He was also a Tilda Swinton Doctor Strangestereotype.  There was a story where he became a big bad but that didn’t last.   Aside from the fact that we’re talking about a fictional character, it wasn’t a big deal.  At least not the big deal people made of it.   It didn’t matter who play the role as Doctor Strange made it clear that mystics exist all over the planet.   You still feel the sting of the difference but it’s not that important enough to really bitch about.

Trip Like I Do Ending

Doctor Strange has a lot more going for it in terms of writing and acting.  The ending is the bow on the package that makes the whole gift special.  Doctor Strange would have been just another good Marvel movie with impressive visual effects if not for the end battle.  Sure it got lost in it’s on logic a couple of times but overall this was a tightly written, well acted and nicely directed movie that is elevated by some imaginative battles.  It rose above being just an origin story.  It the movie you need to see yesterday.

 

 

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