Title: Doctor Strange
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Director: Scott Derrickson
Production Company: Marvel Studios
Since I seem to be watching all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies lately, I may as well watch Doctor Strange even though the concept looks … unpromising.
Here is my liveblog of Doctor Strange.:
- Hey! His name is “Strange” and he’s a doctor!
- And Benedict Cumberbatch has an American accent!
- He still acts just like Sherlock though. I guess they couldn’t find an American actor who can do extremely arrogant and extremely talented.
- That physical therapist who gave away information in his former patient totally violated HIPPA.
- So Kamar-Taj is in Kathmandu, but there are no Asian people there?
- On the other hand it’s quite believable that Tilda Swinton holds all of the ancient knowledge.
- Dr. Strange deserved to be punched out of his body for touching a woman without consent .
- This trippy sequence in the astral plane should totally be adapted as Instagram filters.
- WiFi password, ha-ha!
- Ah, here’s an Asian person in Kamar-Taj, and it’s a severe librarian named Wong. I think I have a favorite character.
- The Cloak is the real hero.
- Okay, those are pretty cool visuals in that fight scene in the Rubik Cube version of New York.
- Could he really just walk of the street and straight into the surgery at the ER?
- The Ancient One is pretty dang preachy in her death scene.
- So Strange and Mordo completely swap their opinions of the Ancient One and her connection to the Dark Dimension in a matter of minutes. Maybe she should have preached to Mordo as well.
- Ooooh, a backwards fight!
- And now Doctor Strange must fight off the Giant Pollen Monster.
- So who first came up with the idea of a repeating time loop to resolve the crisis: Doctor Strange or the Doctor Who episode “Heaven Sent?”
- Nice Infinity Stone name drop there, Wong. Always good to promote upcoming crossover spectaculars.
- Ha ha, the credits contain a warning about distracted driving.
So, it was an entertaining bit of fluff, although I don’t think it can overcome the racial issues of it’s source material, and many of the tropes used are overly familiar.
- Iron Man (2008)
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
- Black Panther (2018)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)