JORDAN’s review published on Letterboxd:
I think my favorite part in this movie is when Dr. Strange is running from a man who can literally manipulate space and time, and he thinks knocking over a book case will slow him down.
This is one of the most unique films, I've ever seen but it's also one of the most basic. Superhero films are at peak success and they're not going to go away anytime soon. I'm not going to go on a rant about how I'm sick of them and how Hollywood is unoriginal or whatever because I like a majority of them. Every now and then you get a Fant4stic or a Suicide Squad but mostly, they're enjoyable.
Here is the thing though, Superhero films have gotten repetitive. It's the stories. Remember, how I said this was basic, this film is a basic origin story, he's in a bad place, he trains, he's victorious. It's sort of..boring at times because it's just hitting all the beats, I was not very invested. In the story. Superhero films need to mix it up.
They're enjoyable but they never offer anything new at this point. It's slightly vexing. No matter what you throw at us, be it Dormamu or Spider-Man. If you don't have an engaging story, you don't engage me.
Now to talk about the unique stuff, the visual effects in this are just creative and astounding. I think they are Oscar worthy. The action set pieces are so fun. It's like inception cranked up to 11 in one scene. It's a fun trippy unique expirience sadly bogged down by an uninspired story.
There's that classic marvel wit that you've come to expect in these films. Some jokes worked...others felt a little forced. All the actors did fine. Not really memorable but certainly not bad. I guess Mads Mikkelson was a standout but I don't really remember his motive....destroy the earth?
It's another good marvel movie....I just wish it was great. I mean it could be worse....they could be DC.