rebecca’s review published on Letterboxd:
Marvel has once again made an excellent film that achieves critical acclaim and resonates well with the fans. For me, Doctor Strange brings something completely different to the table.
First of all, we are introduced to the prideful and arrogant Stephen Strange. Unlike some of the other characters in the MCU possessing these qualities (e.g. Tony Stark and Peter Quill), Strange is completely unlikeable at the beginning of the film. As the film goes on, Strange becomes more of the “model” protagonist and becomes more likeable. Unfortunately, some people find Strange completely intolerable throughout the film. I found Strange likeable, and I hope not everyone ends up feeling hatred towards him.
While I’m discussing Strange, I might as well say that Benedict Cumberbatch does an excellent job of portraying him (no surprise there). I was although completely surprised by the ensemble cast. They all did an excellent job portraying their characters. Before seeing the movie, I already knew who Doctor Strange was, but I was unfamiliar with the other characters. The actors portraying the characters however gave memorable performances with great depth.
Another part of the movie that felt different was the story. Yes, this was another superhero movie, but the addition of magic adds a lot more than I thought it would. With the magic added, this movie felt like a refreshing new take on the genre.
One thing that I always seem to talk about is the CGI work. Now I usually don’t say this, but the effects in the movie were almost seamless. They were beautifully done, but sometimes it felt like there were too many moving buildings.
Marvel Phase 3 is off with a bang after this movie and Captain America: Civil War. I can’t wait to see what the rest of Phase 3 bring us. I would highly recommend seeing Doctor Strange, and definitely see it in 3D. (Also, don’t forget to stay for the post credit scenes!)