I am (admittedly) late to the party with Doctor Strange. After all, the movie came out on Friday and it’s already Tuesday! However, I did finally watch it yesterday, and I have to say: it was worth waiting for. There is a ton of good stuff in it to comment on, but I will save most of it for my next review which will have spoilers.
For now, we’ll just have to content ourselves with this.
Stephen Strange is of course the focus of the movie, and Benedict Cumberbatch does an excellent job in the title role. In terms of character development, we learn everything we need to know about Strange with very little in the way of exposition; it’s all very natural. The character undergoes a complete arc, right up until the end of the movie. All of the important relationships—with Christine Palmer and Mordo, especially—are handled well and very believably.
After Strange, I think Mordo is the most important character in the movie, and his relationship with both Strange and the Ancient One is handled extremely well. In terms of motivations, his is perhaps the most developed and believable of all the characters except Strange. I am really excited for this character and want to see where his story will go from here (is that a spoiler? If it is, it’s not much of one).
Kaecilius isn’t the most well-developed villain in the MCU—that is still something of an issue for the universe. His motivation is certainly clear, but how he came to that point is not so clear. That’s certainly not a deal-breaker for the movie, however, as it stands very well on its other positive aspects.
The visuals in this movie are absolutely mind-blowingly good. There are a few sequences that are out-of-this-world in terms of being a wild acid trip without the acid. I did not see it in 3-D, but I could definitely tell from the 2-D experience that the 3-D would really pop for certain scenes. But at the same time, I felt really disoriented just from the 2-D, so I do wonder just how disorienting the 3-D would be!
All told, I absolutely recommend seeing this movie. It is a lot of fun and will certainly prove vital to the future of the MCU. Just remember to stay afterward because there are mid-credits and after-credits scenes, and both are important.
If you’ve seen the movie yet, what did you think? Let me know in the comments! Just avoid spoilers.