Doctor Strange (Movie)

doctor-strange-blu-boxWell, this movie didn’t start out the best for me.  It starts out in a dark room with darkly robed figures. I HATE movie sequences where I can’t see what is going on. One of those pet peeves that will ruin the whole thing for me. So I’m not definitely not going to be buying this. I didn’t care how the rest of the movie went, that beginning sank it.

Stephen Strange’s introduction was perfect. Cumberbatch did a fantastic job of showing Strange’s arrogance AND skill. In many ways, his rendering of Sherlock served him well in this movie. I did find his fall rather precipitous, but considering the time space of the movie, to stretch it out any more would have cut into the rest of the movie.

And that is where this movie just kind of “meh’ed” me.  His training time, eh, it was just so mediocre. Mysterious hints of the badguys doing some ritual, his training with weapons magical and mundane, his voracious learning. It was all pretty boring to me.

When the badguys begin attacking the Sanctum’s and Strange defends the New York Branch, gaining the help of the Cloak of Levitation, that was pretty cool. The whole out of body fight experience in the hospital though, it made me wonder just how much time had passed? I mean, my last recollection of Strange is as a whining, poor me, acolyte and suddenly he’s going head to head with The Bad Guy? Where’s the Ancient One? I’d like to know why she’s slacking off and letting Strange get his butt kicked.

The battle in the Mirror Dimension, well, that just struck me as  a total ripoff from Inception. Escher-style buildings and scenery make my stomach go “ughh”.  The climactic battle in Hong Kong really didn’t show me just how much of a threat Dormammu was supposed to be. Strange’s little time battle with Dormammu was clever, but it made Dormammu look like an idiot. How much of a real threat can something so stupid be?

Overall, I did enjoy my time watching this but there was nothing special that made me want to buy it. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m starting to experience Super Hero Movie burnout. Definitely a must-see though if you have plans to watch the upcoming Infinity War duology. Strange plays a big part in that with his Time Infinity Gem. Well, at least he did in the comics.

 

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74 thoughts on “Doctor Strange (Movie)

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  2. Hahah yes that mirror scene I noticed the Inception reference too LOL I’m glad you find some enjoyment in it though 😀 I totally loved this movie ! Dr Strange personality was great and I think Cumberbatch did a very good job (maybe he’s meant to play arrogant characters haha ) !

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  3. Manuel Antao says:

    Doctor Strange originated, as far as I remember, in Strange Tales, which divided the issues between Doctor Strange, very hallucinatory and apparently druggy (though this was entirely lost on me at the time) and the politically other-end-of-the-scale Nick Fury, Agent Of SHIELD. I have no idea how much of this was on a conscious level by Marvel. Possibly it’s only clear now, in hindsight.

    An odd combination, but the artwork on both was wonderful. Ditto’s work on Fury became astonishing. I’m not sure there’s been anyone quite like him since in mainstream comics – which is not at all to suggest there haven’t been equally good artists.

    NB: I avoided D. Strange. Marvel burnout as you so aptly put it.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Yeah, I knew Strange was always marvels main “In” to the supernatural side of things. Get that occultic crowd’s money right alongsided the Geeks 🙂

      I’ve actually never really paid attention to artists outside of Superman.

      As for burnout, I’m waiting until the New Years to even watch the latest Spiderman movie. I really want to watch it, but I’m afraid I’ll feel meh about it too.

      Bloody marvel, overloading us all.

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      • Manuel Antao says:

        Ah geeks…

        Real geeks are how they have always been. Socially isolated, funny looking, smelly, intelligent, nerds, bookish, paying attention to details cares about. Anyone who tells you anything different is trying to sell us something.

        Real geeks don’t buy Topshop tshirts. Real geeks don’t love the new Startrek movie (they think its dumbed down). Real geeks don’t watch the Big Bang Theory (Some do. I quite like it). I love all of these things but I don’t pretend that I am a geek, rather I acknowledge that I have been sold a marketed packaged product. Does being a software engineer make you a geek these days? I know a few that have hardly any geek traits.

        Anyway, some of the people I know are very definitely geeks but they know next to nothing about programming. This is because, horror of horrors, not all geeks are computer programmers.

        My favourite definition: “someone that is eccentrically devoted to a particular subject.” There.

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  4. savageddt says:

    Damn… and I proposed to the missus after seeing this…

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  5. Rebecca says:

    Benedict Cumberbatch is one of my favorite actors, but this movie didn’t do him justice. I agree that he shows off Strange’s talent and arrogance very well, but the way the magic was portrayed didn’t do much for me. Not sure how similar this was to the comics as I’m a shallow, movie only fan!

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  6. Matt Cowper says:

    Super Hero Movie burnout? Pfah! Go watch some slow-paced Oscar-friendly fluff, and you’ll be back to comic land in no time!

    I watched this movie in the theater, and everything is more Epic in the theater. A more sober second watching on Netflix revealed its flaws. Dormammu does indeed look like a buffoon for not outsmarting Strange. I mean, doesn’t he have an anti-time loop spell in his repertoire?

    Also didn’t like Tilda Swinton here. Good actress in other roles, but in this movie she looked totally out of place.

    I did like his training, but then I’m a sucker for training montages. The “go from level 1 to level 99 in twenty minutes” stuff gets me ramped up.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Oscar worthy movies. I avoid those things on general principle 🙂

      OUtside of narnia, I’m not familiar with Swinton, so her role here didn’t bother me at all. Except for her complete lack of doing anything meaningful 🙂

      I’m not a big fan of training montages, except for the Matrix. That one was what I judge all others by now 🙂

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  7. Yeah I’m not keen on the “oh it’s so dark you can’t see anything, isn’t this artistic?” vibe a lot of modern movies have. To be honest, I’ve been feeling pretty meh about this from the trailers and I’m not feeling a particular urge to go see it now 😉 Great review!

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  8. Dr. Strange was one of my favorite Marvel character growing up, and when I first heard of the casting decision I was very skeptical that Cumberbatch would be able to pull it off. I have to doff my hat to him though, he did a fine job. That said, my superhero burnout moment already happened years ago. They’re fun to watch, but I’m no longer in that “must watch this movie on day one!” mindset anymore. These days it’s rare if I watch even when they’re out on video.

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  9. ‘Super Hero Movie burnout’ –> That is exactly what I have.. Those movies are always the same. I get tired of it.

    I didn’t even bother with the new Thor and I LOVE Thor. You just see Superhero shows everywhere.. We constantly get commercials on TV for Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow etc. I am not interested in any of it.

    I liked it when there wasn’t so much, but now we seem to get buried in it.

    I only really enjoy The Guardians of the Galaxy.. And maybe I will watch Thor 3,when it’s on TV.

    And also a not very popular opinion: I can’t watch that Cumberbatch guy. There’s something about him I can’t stand.

    Doesn’t seem like this movie was worth watching.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      If you don’t like Cumberbatch, then yeah, I’d stay away from this movie 🙂

      I read, somewhere online, about someone comparing the superhero movie phenom with the Western craze back in the day. And how many westerns do we get today? Nada. So I’m just wondering when the superhero thing is going to start phasing out.

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  10. Bookwraiths says:

    Dr. Strange was a pretty meh movie to me. I did buy it, but not for me. One of my sons is a huge superhero fan, so he always ends up with all the movies on blue-ray. Even he didn’t love Dr. Strange though.

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  11. The comedy sort of killed a lot of the dramatic moments of this movie for me. The final battle with Dormammu is definitely clever, but after a while, it just made everything seem dumb as hell. Maybe it’s the price to pay for being under Disney’s umbrella… I too thought the training went too fast, but I guess nothing could’ve been done about that. His character went through a transformation (personality and skill-wise) that was way too insane to comprehend. Maybe it’s supposed to be part of “the hero” too, but it failed to do that and just seemed like it had to rush cause otherwise the movie would’ve been 5 hours long (can’t blame them though..). Great review, sir.

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  12. You might be quite right about the superhero (or mutant, or whatever) burnout: Marvel & Co. have been putting a lot of movies and tv series on the market and they are starting to feel a bit… redundant.
    That said, I enjoyed the movie quite a bit for the visual effects (although I did think back to Inception more than once), but felt the story a little thin and when I happened to re-watch the movie on tv I experienced some boredom. Maybe a little more time spent on training would have been interesting, even though I understand the time constraints of the medium.
    And who would not want that cloak? 😀

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  13. I agree with you re superhero fatigue. Doctor Strange was a visually stunning movie but the story left me a little flat compared to other recent superhero movies.

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  14. Tyson Adams says:

    The animated version on Netflix was better. This wasn’t bad, I enjoyed it, but I agree with your comments about the leap from rookie to final battle.

    Oh, and any movie that has Scott Adkins in it and fails to have a super awesome fight scene has wasted the talent available.

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  15. Not that I watch a lot of movies but I liked this one. I totally get the Inception reference I said the same thing while watching it. I’m honestly surprised I had seen both movies haha. I had never thought of the dark scenes in the beginning but that is so true, it is unbelievably frustrating.

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  16. I have to agree to pretty much everything you say but I still quite liked this movie. It is one of those movies, with plenty of colorful SFX, that make me feel it was worth the water and bread diet to save up for a OLED screen. It did help with the dark screens in the beginning as well I guess since I did not really think much about them.

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  17. I liked Cumberbatch in the role and the visuals were amazing but I felt that a lot of the humour was unnecessary and forced which tends to be a recurring issue with Marvel films.

    Still, look forward to seeing the character return in Avengers: Infinity War! Great review.

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  19. saloni says:

    I liked the visual effects–I think they were the best part of the film. I guess that’s saying a lot when that really cool cloak had more character development than Stephen Strange. Anyway, I liked the magic system. I thought it was pretty neat. I didn’t like the plot that much. It was quite disappointing actually. I had been looking forward to this movie for, like, ever because it’s Marvel and Cumberbatch is THE best. After watching it though, I don’t think it was worth the hype.

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