Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange ★★★

“Time is an insult. Death is an insult.”

My MCU viewing is quite spotty (I still haven’t seen Infinity War or Endgame, for instance), but after watching No Way Home yesterday, I was interested in seeing more of Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Doctor Strange. The multiverse magic stuff helped to create a fun Spider-Man film, but I’m afraid that the tack it takes in this film is thoroughly underwhelming. The fights go about as one would expect, except the camera shifts sideways more often and reality bends a bunch. Not really all that different from your usual comic book fare. 

It’s hard for me to buy the initial conceit, that a renowned surgeon would be so intent to overcome the limitations of the human body. I know a few former surgeons who had to quit due to extreme back pain; they don’t go on a spiritual quest to get their backs reset, because they know why it’s happened and they accept it for what it is. I was hoping for a more convincing intrusion of magic into his world, perhaps through the death of a close loved one who believed. No hope of that here, as Doctor Strange’s main traits are selfishness and arrogance. Apparently the new film will have him battling another version of himself: how fitting.

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