Well, I think we all need to take our minds off the election. That said, I won’t be talking about it further.
So, Doctor Strange came out last Friday. I actually got the chance to go see it on opening night. Even though you’ve probably all seen it by now, I’m going to go spoiler-free for this entry simply because I can.
The story is about a brain surgeon named Steven Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) who gets in a car accident and loses the use of his hands. Desperate to fix his problems, he travels the world and ends up in the courts of Tilda Swinton’s character, the White Witch–sorry, the Ancient One. So, what does she do to the former brain surgeon? Turn him into a superhero of course. And the story continues from there.
I wanted to write about Strange since it was announced, but when I planned, I was expecting the movie to be “Marvel does H. P. Lovecraft.” If you want to be thankful about something, be thankful that Strange was “Marvel does Inception and Harry Potter.” Otherwise, it would’ve been a five-post series about the aforementioned dime-novel author.
With that out of the way, I enjoyed the movie. It was bright, colorful, and well-written. While I wouldn’t call it the best MCU movie (that title goes either to the first Avengers or Civil War), it is certainly up there on the list. A lot of people have been comparing it to Iron Man in terms of the character development. Personally, I compare it more to Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor in terms of its worldbuilding. It’s clearly set in the real world, but there is a lot of new stuff to show off.
As far as the magic and mysticism, I’ll leave that discussion for Noah/another day. While there are few if any Christian themes prevalent, there are still good moral lessons. I won’t say what exactly, because spoilers.
Other Things I Liked: I was impressed with the humor in this movie. It was unexpected, and fit well with the story and the characters. That said, I also liked the character Wong, simply on the principle of him being a librarian.
Things I Didn’t Like: this could have just been me, but it felt like Cumberbatch slipped in and out of his native accent a couple times. Really, that’s the worst thing I have to say about this movie, though.