I finally watched Doctor Strange and, aside from the Asian erasure, I thought I was really good. One of the most imaginative Marvel films yet; the end battle featured one of the most ingenious gimmicks I’ve ever seen in an action film. I really liked that the magic felt like magic, not just superpowers with a different source explanation.

I also liked the post-credits scene that basically fast-forwarded us to Doctor Strange as mystical guardian of the earth we all know and love.

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  1. Cumberbatch was good, he carried the film. I still would have preferred Oded Fehr in the role. I can see why they didn’t cast an Asian in the part of the Ancient One [didn’t want to piss off the Chinese censors] but it still feels like a cop out to me. Handling it respectfully with an Asian actor/actress [and taking out of Tibet into a non-Chinese claimed territory and history] should have been good enough.

    That said, I like that Marvel is finally having the courage to make superhero movies where the heroes aren’t just killing the villains. The power and strength of conviction to not kill your opponent is what sets superheroes apart from our thousands of years of earlier storytelling, in my opinion.

  2. I liked it, and the climactic showdown with Dormammu was probably my favorite climax of any of the Marvel movies. However, I felt that Stephen Strange’s personal story got lost in the third act. Some of it was script, some of it was Cumberbach’s unflappability. It was a good movie, but could have been better.

  3. I agree that the characterization in this film was pretty thin. It was a “what happens” film more than a “happens to whom” film.

    But that’s why I liked the post-credits scene so much. We know Strange well enough at that point that Cummerbund can just play him, and so we get a lot of joy in just 60 seconds of scene. I did, at least.

    In a lot of ways, I think this move was about setting up the mystical corner of the MCU, and establishing its inhabitants was secondary.

  4. play him, and so we get a lot of joy in just 60 seconds of scene. I did, at least. In a lot of ways, I think this move was about setting up the mystical corner of the MCU, and establishing its inhabitants was secondary.]]>