Movie Review – Doctor Strange
Incredibly profitable as they still are, I think a cosmic threat looms over superhero movies. They are so well-known and popular nowadays, even non-comic readers are familiar with their various associated tropes. For the lazy producer, this means a seductive and convenient checklist of to-dos and not-to-dos. Tick and tick, exclude and exclude. There. The latest is ready to go. Oh, remember to include a mid-credits scene to promote the next production with.
Doctor Strange isn’t ground breaking, but whether in story or effects, you feel that there is that marked effort to stand apart from other Marvel entries. Benedict Cumberbatch wonderfully brings the mythical Sorcerer Supreme to life. Injecting flair and style into a snob character, who’s also a classic reluctant hero, who’s also quite capable of out-talking anyone in a discussion on why he doesn’t need to fight. And then there are the background effects. Oh so intoxicating and quite the antithesis of the wanton destruction scenes we viewers have been inundated with for years. To put it another way, I am quite to pay to watch Doctor Strange again, likely in an IMAX theatre. I want to gawk once more at those dizzying Escher-ish scenes.
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PS: Of special mention should also be the efforts of director Scott Derrickson to avoid certain stereotypes of the Silver Age of Comics. Now, I’m Asian, and honestly, these stereotypes don’t offend me that much. They were, manifestations of a duller age. Still, it’s heart-warming to see a movie producer take such effort to shun such stereotypes. Of course, I also love what was done with the character of the Ancient One. Once more, Tilda Swanton so tastefully projected the allure of androgyny. I wanna be her disciple. Ahem.
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