DOCTOR STRANGE (By the Hoary Hosts of SPOILERS)

horacethegrey

First Post
So yeah. Just watched this, and it was good. I wouldn't rank it as the best Marvel Studios has produced (that would be Civil War), but I'd place it alongside excellent origin films like the first Iron Man and Ant-Man. Just to let everyone know though, I've never been a follower of Doctor Strange. I know of him and have come across many of his appearances in comics I've read over the years, but I'm not what you'd call a big fan of the character. I've never even read the issues that were made famous by Steve Ditko's mindbending artwork (I really should hunt these stories down). So really, I've no preconceived notions regarding how the character should be portrayed. With that said, let's go first to the positives of this movie.

PLUS

- Benedict Cumberbatch is awesome. Another casting coup for Marvel. He's got Stephen Strange's arrogance and self-absorption down pat. And even when he has his accident that severely damages his hands (thus ending his career as a top neurosurgeon), he never quite loses the arrogant streak. Though he eats a massive slice of humble pie once he starts his apprenticeship in the Mystic Arts, and finds that the world he lives in is quite small compared to the infinity that he now becomes aware of. Cumberbatch sells this character transformation pretty well, and manages to kick butt in the action scenes convincingly. And I haven't even mentioned that he does all this with a pretty convincing American accent. I wasn't so sure at first when I first heard him in the trailer, but at no point was I pulled out of the movie because of his accent. And the best part is, this is only the beginning. By the end of the film Strange is not yet the Sorceror Supreme, so there's plenty of time for him to reach that point, which means more of Benedict in the role. I can't wait. :)

- Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One was a genius casting choice on the part of the filmmakers. Controversy aside, she was incredible at portraying a centuries old mystic who is equal parts formidable and warm (though not lacking in a bit of snarkiness). Her casting may have been a compromise on Marvel's part, but still, what a winning compromise it is.

- The supporting cast was pretty good. Not surprising, what with the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo and Benedict Wong as Wong (ha!) giving humor and character to what could be throwaway roles in the hands of lesser actors. Ejiofor's Mordo I liked in particular, as he's pretty much a friend and colleague to Strange right up to the end, when his disillusionment with the latter and the Ancient One makes his inevitable turn to villainy much more believable rather than the paper thin reasoning of his comic counterpart. Rachel McAdams, though pretty underused, was also good as Strange's ex-love Christine Palmer.

- The visuals are spectacular. Let's face it, as much praise as I can give the acting, the real reason anyone is lining up to watch this flick are the visual effects. It's like Scott Derrickson scooped a portion from Steve Ditko's brain to create this amazing kaleidoscope of imagery that just dances on the screen and makes your eyes shine in wonder.

- The final confrontation with Dormammu is one of the best resolutions to a superhero movie I've seen. It's pretty ingenious how Strange manages to win the day, by trapping a godlike being in a time loop until he can force a stalemate. It's like the writers took a solution from Doctor Who and transplanted it to Doctor Strange. I'm not complaining though, as it's nice to have the hero save the day by not punching the problem to submission.

MINUS

- What a waste of Mads Mikkelsen. Casting such a great actor in such a boring role. Kaecillius was hardly grade A supervillain material, and was just put there to provide Strange an antagonist. Hannibal deserved better.

- The story was pretty rote. Really, you could fill out a checklist of all the predictable plot points (aside from the ending). Not much surprises here, but it's a minor complaint.

Welp. There's nothing more to say, other than Marvel has another win on their hands. A solid 9/10 from me.
 
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Derren

Hero
Personally I think the supporting cast was rather shallow. The most memorable character besides Strange and maybe the Ancient One was the cloak by a very large margin.

And the story was not only predictable for a Marvel movie, it was a very generic "Student turns evil, other student has to defeat him and revenge his master" story as seen in thousands of other movies.
 

Janx

Hero
I liked it. It wasn't perfect, but Cumberbatch did a good job playing a different kind of arrogant super genius than Alan Turing, Khan and Sherlock. He's kind of getting type cast.

I wasn't as big on the psychedelic acid trip scenes that seemed to be eye candy for 70's drug culture scene. Woah man, that's trippy.

As I'm in the midst of writing a novel about a wizard, I liked how Strange found an out of the box solution to the big problem that didn't involve hitting it harder. That's a theme I try to use for mine, and it made sense here as well that a really smart person with lots of tools would come up with something different.
 

Kramodlog

Naked and living in a barrel
Saw it with my girlfriend. We both agree the actors where great and the special effects where awesome. Probably one of the rare films worth paying for the extra IMAX 3D Dumbledore Turbo experience.

It introduces magic to the MCU with fluidity and simplicity. I can't say it is gonna be a super memorable film though. A bit like Ant-Man was.

I look foward to seeing Strange along side Thor and Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok. It looks like that film will be a high budget sword and sorcery romp.
 

horacethegrey

First Post
I look foward to seeing Strange along side Thor and Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok. It looks like that film will be a high budget sword and sorcery romp.

Strange is confirmed to appear in Avengers: Infinity War as well. So Benedict Cumberbatch will be acting alongside Robert Downey Jr. Finally, two Sherlocks in one movie. :D

Or as some Marvel fans are pointing out:

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Ryujin

Legend
Despite not particularly being a fan of Cumberbatch, I very much enjoyed it. The Ditko style sections would likely have been too much for me in iMax or 3D, so I'm glad to have seen it in a standard cinema.
 

Kramodlog

Naked and living in a barrel
Strange is confirmed to appear in Avengers: Infinity War as well. So Benedict Cumberbatch will be acting alongside Robert Downey Jr. Finally, two Sherlocks in one movie. :D

Or as some Marvel fans are pointing out:
Not surprising considering there is the time Infinity Stone in the film.
 


There aren't many movies that I ever recommend seeing in 3D. This, however, is one of those few. VERY worth the extra coupla bucks.

My ten-year-old and I enjoyed it. It's not in my Top 5 Marvel Movies, but it was a worthy addition to the MCU.
 

RedSiegfried

First Post
I'll echo many others here by saying it was by no means the best MCU movie, nor my favorite, but I was definitely entertained. I particularly enjoyed the solution to trapping the baddie at the end, though you pretty much knew there was going to be an infinite time loop situation somewhere in the movie about two seconds after it was first mentioned. It's also good to know that Strange still isn't the Sorcerer Supreme yet so we'll get to see more of his journey.

I was most impressed by Cumberbatch's American accent though. He sounded like he was from Wisconsin. Good job.

Wish I had been able to see it in 3D - I think this movie is one of the rare ones that would benefit from it.
 

Zoey141

First Post
Benedict Cumberbatch is such a darling! :) It's as if he was born to essay the role of Dr. Strange! I love Downey Jr. as Iron Man and now I've another favorite. I can't decide who is better though: Downey Jr. or Cumberbatch.
 



Scott DeWar

Prof. Emeritus-Supernatural Events/Countermeasure
Hoary Hairy Hoards of Hilarious Hungarian Hivers -- HIDE!!!!

zoomed to the end of the thread to say this: I am getting ready to go watch it right now. I will comment later to day.

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tickets,3-d showing of Dr. Strange - Matinee
14.18
tax
1.35
round trip bus ticket
3.40
coffee atpanera's while waiting 40minutes
2.04
total
20.97

chance to see non-euclidian geometry in 3-d
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oops,sorry mi'Lord
*ahem*
with Master Cthulhu's permission
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. . . . .And, why yes. that is HE when HE is happy . . . . .
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Scott DeWar

Prof. Emeritus-Supernatural Events/Countermeasure
Hoary Hairy Hoards of Hilarious Hungarian Hivers -- HIDE!!!!

I loved that thing. especially when it was wiping tears.
 
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Scott DeWar

Prof. Emeritus-Supernatural Events/Countermeasure
Hoary Hairy Hoards of Hilarious Hungarian Hivers -- HIDE!!!!

Yes, that was HI-Larious! I laughed at that as well as about half of the people there. 10 in all I think- it was a matinee

in retrospect, Mads Mikkilson is one of few who could have done that scene with a straight face.
 
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Mad_Jack

Hero
Re: Villain origins and motivation, and trippy background scenes and such...

It's important to remember the context of them - If you're not a comic book fan, you should know that the first comic book appearance of Doctor Strange was in the early 1960's... The character's been around a loooong time, and thus the origins and motivations of most of the supporting characters/villains in his story were established in what you might call "a simpler time"...
 

Silver Moon

Adventurer
If you're not a comic book fan, you should know that the first comic book appearance of Doctor Strange was in the early 1960's... The character's been around a loooong time, and thus the origins and motivations of most of the supporting characters/villains in his story were established in what you might call "a simpler time"...
Saw it yesterday, loved the movie. Last night I re-read the early appearances from Strange Tales, and in retrospect they did an excellent job of staying with the source material. There were even three improvements: Mordo, the Cloak, and Christine Palmer (who was last seen in the Nightcrawler maxi-series).
 

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