So I Saw Dr. Strange

And I have thoughts.

Thought the first. Benedict Cumberbatch should not be allowed to speak in an American accent. I’m used to seeing him in things like Sherlock and The Imitation Game, and without the British accent, I had a really hard time taking him seriously, despite the fact that the timbre of his voice remains shivery.

Thought the second. This is a movie that requires unusually large suspension of disbelief, even compared to other superhero movies. You cannot wear your scientist hat while watching Dr. Strange. You really have to say to yourself, “OK, let’s pretend this makes sense” and just admire how pretty the special effects are.

They really are pretty.

Thought the third. That is some slick characterization you’ve got there! I love that this is a guy who’s entire identity is wrapped up in his dexterity… and then, because he’s an arrogant jerk, he destroys the very thing that makes him great. And in the process of discovering a new thing that makes him great, he sheds a whole lot of that ego, which was a lot of fun to watch.

Thought the fourth. That cloak is awesome.

Thought the fifth. I still like Iron Man better.

What are your thoughts? Let’s discuss!

 

 

4 comments on “So I Saw Dr. Strange

  1. Joni Hahn

    As a big Marvel fan, I wouldn’t watch it because 1) I didn’t like the concept and 2) I didn’t buy Cumberbach in the role. You just confirmed my thoughts! 🙂 And, though I love Iron Man, Captain America is the true hero in my book. 😀

    1. L. E. Carmichael

      The concept is a bit weird, to be fair. That’s my biggest issue with the Marvel universe – instead of establishing one world with one set of rules that applies to everyone, they just keep tacking on more pieces and expecting the audience to overlook the clumsy joints.

      And I totally agree that Captain America is a classic hero, but personally, I prefer antiheros and dark heros. I prefer a bit more edge and snark!

  2. Jolene Navarro

    I went in not expecting to like it and enjoyed it. SO there is something to say for low expectations – Give me wolverine (Hugh jackman) any day. Can’t wait for Logan.

    1. L. E. Carmichael

      Low expectations are occasionally very useful! And yes, please, more Wolverine. A great character played by a great guy.

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