Recently my sister and I went to watch a movie at the cinema, and yes you’ve guessed it…It was Doctor Strange! You cannot understand the excitement that coursed through me when we entered that theatre, and saw the opening credits! Granted I’m not a complete Marvel fan, but after watching a couple of the major films (*ahem* Thor, Avengers, Iron Man *ahem*) I think I’ll be on a major catch up spree for the next year or two…
Anyway, enough about me, let’s get on with the review!
25 October 2016
What is the film about?
So, it’s been a while since the Avengers have assembled (see what I did there?) and now the war between the “dimensional” worlds are starting to rage, thanks to the reckless actions of a sorcerer called Kaecilius. His overly zealous plot to bring an end to time’s ultimate “insult” death, almost unleashes the “dark dimension” on Earth and almost releases the darkest being in the “multi-verse”, Dormammu.
Doctor Strange, who was an incredible neuro-surgeon, before his unfortunate car accident, has to stop Kaecilius and Dormammu from destroying Earth, while at the same time try to heal himself from the affliction in his hands. With the help of the Ancient One, Mordo and Wong, he has to face off Earth’s greatest dimensional threat.
Alright, so there isn’t much to tell yet about the film, since it’s still in its first few weeks of releases. However, as it stands, the film isn’t as widely received as the original Marvel Avengers. As of 6th November, the total worldwide gross for the movie stands at $325 million, which is more than enough to say it’s a hit! The production budget was $165 million.
As for the critical response, most praise the film as being a “beautiful detour” (James Dyer – Empire) from the original Marvel Avengers plot. Some even suggest that even if the plot didn’t astound audiences, the CGI effects are what pulls them in.
Now it’s my turn. Ok, so I can’t go back and watch the film, like I probably would have done for Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, unless I’m willing to spend another £20 just to get to the cinema and watch the film, but I’ll do my best, with what I remember.
When I entered the theatre, I had wholly expected for my filmmaker’s eyes to take over, but for reasons I can’t fathom, I just turned into a kid again, and watched it with the same awe as I would have at the Harry Potter films. I don’t know how Marvel or Disney do it, but every time you watch their films, you can’t help but become a kid again!
Overall, the plot was adequate, but it was the CGI effects and the mind-bending action sequences that really hooked me in. The trippy kaleidoscope effects were simply fantastic. Even if powers like that aren’t real, just watching the world around the characters break apart like that almost makes you wish they were.
As many other critics out there tell, it is a bit like Inception, and for me, there were times where it reminded me of the video game Kingdom Hearts (if you haven’t heard of it, get out!).
Now, although I have nothing but praise for the film, there was one thing that really ticked me off, and that is Benedict Cumberbatch’s American accent. Ok, so many people will tell me it’s not too bad, and I agree it’s not…but…
Yes, there’s a “but”. When I first saw the trailer and the teaser clips on Graham Norton last week, I couldn’t help but cringe at his accent! I mean his voice is iconic, and I cannot hear it in any other accent but British. He is Sherlock after all! Don’t get me wrong, he does a good job of it, but there are points in the film where you can definitely tell he’s British, and I just wish he didn’t have to put on the accent!
Another point I feel needs addressing is the fact that the Ancient One is not a local Nepalese. What I mean is that despite Tilda Swinton’s amazing performance, I just feel like the film was a little too whitewashed, thanks to the fact that she was the “mentor”. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great she’s the one that leads Strange on his path to being a Master of the Sanctum, but it would have been better if she had fit in with the locale. I know they say she’s of Celtic origins, but it would have been better to have someone who was actually from Nepal, or the surrounding area. It would have made much more sense.
The film overall was a great watch, especially if you need to just get away from the world and immerse yourself in a fantasy for a few hours. It might not be an artistic film, which tend to impress some critics, but for the majority of people, it’s a great watch. If you want to get away from reality, Doctor Strange can do just that.
With the limited philosophical questions, it asks (like are there really other worlds out there, or does the spirit really exist), it does almost make you believe that there might be other worlds out there, where magic and the Avengers exist, all you need to do is find the right chakra or astral world to access them. Of course, this is all just fantasy, none of it is real…or is it?
Well, that’s it from me. Tell me what you thought of the film, if you’ve watched it. I’d like to hear your thoughts. As for my next review? Of course it’s going to be a Supernatural review. The next episode in the series will be an awesome one I know it! So stay tuned, I’m sure it’ll be a wild ride, especially since a popular evil dictator might be returning!
So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see you all soon!
This is Feather, signing out!