Matt The Snapper’s review published on Letterboxd:
Countdown to Endgame #14:
“You lack imagination!”
“No Stephen, you lack a spine!”
Doctor Strange is both Marvel’s safest and riskiest movie at the same time. Being both a typical origin story and introducing the magical part of the MCU. The best part of the film is hand down the trippy visuals. Most of the film is once again filled with dull color grading. However, it gets really colorful once the cosmic side is shown. Not to mention the spectacular visual effects (sorry Jungle Book, but this should’ve won the Oscar). In many ways this a double Nolan-inspired film; just take the ancient training scenes of Batman Begins mixed with Inception visuals. The third act even manages to escape typical Marvel tropes with the funny as hell “Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain” scene. Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are great as their characters bring a lot of dimensions to them. The movie does have issues of course. Doctor Strange is very unlikable in the beginning, but Benedict Cumberbatch manages to pull through and the character does improve as the film goes on. The fast pacing actually rushes too much as the origin is more brushed off to get to actual “plot”. Strange goes from not knowing how do any magic to knowing almost everything just through one quick moment on Mount Everest. The typical Marvel quips feel sometimes very out of place. And (surprise, surprise) Mads Mikkelsen is another bland Marvel villain. Aside from that, I think I enjoy this film more than most. Just another case of Marvel taking something strange (drumroll) and making it work in their cinematic universe.
Plus, Wong is the best.