Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange ★★★

I might like Doctor Strange a bit better than some Marvel films I have rated higher than it, but a few short years after I finally stopped detesting this whole genre of film, I think I'm starting to weary of it again. I'm still a Guardians of the Galaxy devotee, but haven't even seen GotG2 yet. I'm... apathetic.

At least Doctor Strange is a film that knows how to be visually dazzling. I'm a sucker for a nice reality warping effect, and the effects in Doctor Strange put you in one end of a kaleidoscope and out the other end of The Matrix.

Of course, in between all this wizardry we have an origins story. Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a surgeon of some renown with a House-style personality issue, ie, he's an asshole. A funny asshole, mind, but none the less. His career is going swimmingly until a car accident (presumably caused by driving a car several paychecks above his current grade) leaves him with nerve damage. When modern medicine is like, "You fucked," he looks for other answers.

Begrudgingly, he ends up in a temple of monks (awkwardly led by some really, really white people, despite being obviously Eastern/Tibetan in nature), learns a touch of magic, blah blah blah.

So Harry Potter goes from clueless to overnight celebrity as he learns the basics of magic at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry until a former student named Voldemort (that James Bond villain who plays poker) comes to make everything nasty and evil. Dumbledore (Tilda Swinton at her most Last Airbendery) says some really wise things before falling to his death, blah blah blah. We know Harry Potter will succeed because his name is on the poster, and he looks really grim. Ginny (Rachel McAdams) serves no purpose to the plot, but I don't think she was meant to be anything more than "Cardboard Cutout Love Interest."

Seems like the other Harry Potter movies were better, but this is alright. At least the time-turner in this one is green and shiny, and not some stupid hourglass.

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