Disclaimer: Spoilers. Kind of. I think. They’re not really spoiler spoilers because they don’t give away much. I sort of allude to stuff. You know what this ain’t my struggle; I’ve seen the film already, you should too.
Benedict Cumberbatch – Dr Strange
Rachel McAdams* – Christine Palmer
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Mordo
Tilda Swinton – The Ancient One
Mads Mikkelsen – Kaecilius
In this instalment of Marvel films, Dr strange, a proud wealthy neurosurgeon, rather ironically, finds himself on the other side of the hospital bed after a car accident (which could have been avoided if he wasn’t acting real reckless but anyway let me not victim shame)**. Consequently, his hands get all jacked up and he can’t do the thing he loves most – his job. To rectify the issue he seeks help from some healing mystics, or whatever they call themselves, over in Nepal. There, he discovers the power and energy that lies dormant within all of us that can be harnessed with teaching. Dr strange does just that until the Sanctums come under attack and he has to save the day with the help of his token sidekicks.
- Visually it was great; I love optical illusions and things that play with the mind so everything on the screen had me in love. How the script writers managed to convey all the tricks and turns that happened is beyond me but bravo to them, they gets all the claps 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
- Tilda Swinton – always great to see female representation and she certainly turned her character on its head as we’d normally expect an Asian man. Of course, some people weren’t best pleased about the white washing which I understand but I’m just relieved they didn’t shoehorn a white man into the role because there’s already a surplus in Hollywood.
- What was Rachel McAdams even there for? I don’t even recall seeing her in the trailer unless she’s Wally and we were meant to find her in all the madness. Nonetheless, she was on the screen but to be honest anyone could have played that role, it was flat and one dimensional – she only existed to bring out the sentimentality in Strange.
- The character arc was a little cliché – egotistical man finds his humility and in doing so becomes the hero. Nothing new there.
- In fact, the storyline itself didn’t have much substance when you consider how long the film is. A lot of it is full of the visual wizardry which I love but really this film had no meat. It could definitely have been shorter considering how sparse the story was.
- Overall it wasn’t bad, I feel like there’s more loathes than loves but that’s not to say it wasn’t an enjoyable watch and an absolute visual feast.
Favourite scene: Wong listening to Beyonce
*Yeah I didn’t know she was in this film either…
**quietly sips tea