Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange ★★★½

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Upon revisiting this without any preconceived notions for how it would fit within the mcu, and having larger expectations at the time, this is quite a bit of fun. I will say that the first half is incredibly boring except for the "eye-opening" sequence, but all of the second half is legitimately terrific. The visual effects team deserve all the praise for this, as the varied and super creative visuals in this are just so enjoyable to behold. I'd love to see how these get integrated even a little bit into Infinity War.
All cultural sensitivities aside, the scene of the Grand Master's death is really well done and a great moment of levity for the film. I do have to say that I would have liked the character to be racially accurate, purely using Black Panther as an example of a film which shines a spotlight on previously not very well known performers. I love Tilda Swinton, but I do feel that it was the wrong call in this case.
Benedict Wong is so great in this, even though much of the cringeworthy humour is around his character. I'm super chuffed that he's making a return in Infinity War.

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