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5 point review: Doctor Strange (2016)

I watch a lot of movies (and television, although less than I do movies). I’m also kind of lazy, so here’s a five-point review for Doctor Strange, the 2016 entry into the Marvel movie franchise that stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role.

  1. While the whitewashing of The Ancient One — a character that was originally Tibetan, but changed to Caucasian in the movie — is definitely something to be aware of, Tilda Swinton acts the shit out of everything she does, even in superhero movies.
  2. And while I’m at it, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor aren’t exactly slouches in the acting department either.
  3. I never quite grooved with the character of Doctor Strange. Like, doesn’t Marvel already have the archetype of “wealthy, supremely talented jerk gets some poetic justice to the face, learns a Lesson(tm), and then saves the world” in Ironman? And why is Dr. Strange’s karmic reward for a lifetime of being insufferable to everyone around him the ability to fly and a role in one of the most powerful organizations in the world (The Avengers)? Man, no wonder <spoiler for thing in the second post-credits sequence> happens — I’d be pretty pissed off at fancy “wizards” too by this point.
  4. I think the special effects crew watched Inception and said, “Nah, we can beat that.” The world-flippy stuff was really, really great.
  5. I’m not a Cumberbatch fan in the first place, to be fair, but his accent in this movie bugged me. I realized near the end that it sounded exactly like Hugo Weaving’s super flat accent as Mr. Smith in the Matrix movies. That fits well when spoken by a sentient computer program, but less so when it’s supposed to be a real human American local.

Final verdict: 3/5, go watch Civil War again instead

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  • Reply
    March 14, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    The biggest thing that bugs me about his accent in this movie is that Strange is from the US, canonically. So we not only have Whitewashing, we have Whiter-washing as well!

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      Jessica Cook
      March 14, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Hah! That reminds me of the 2001 Lara Croft movie, where Angelina Jolie does a British accent while Daniel Craig does an American accent. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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        March 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm

        Heh … ONE of those did a decent job of it :)

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    March 14, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Agree with all points… although I think the reason Marvel chose to introduce Dr. Strange is because Ironman will be retiring in Phase 4 and they need a ‘wealthy white jerk who flings off snappy on-liners but secretly has a heart of gold’ to replace him. Also, really looking forward to Chiwetel Ejiofor going totally bananas in the sequel.

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