Monday, October 31, 2016

Doctor Strange (2016)

I don't know Doctor Strange so well. I can't comment how faithful this is to source material. I have seen animated version of the origin story. This tells the same story with some changes. I can't say how The Ancient One was whitewashed or how Benedict Cumberbatch was wrong person to play Doctor Strange.

Doctor Strange is another product of Marvel Studios' movie making machine. It has all the good and the bad of other Marvel Studios' movies. It is entertaining while it lasts but afterwards you don't remember much about it. Just like Ant-Man. Marvel Studios are not making the same movie again and again but outside few really good movies others are just ok. Movies are above the competition but there are so many of them they don't feel anything special anymore.

Doctor Strange's problem is uneven effects. Some of them are amazing. You wonder how they managed to do them. Other times they are really bad like they run out of money and time. What ever the reason there are too many effects. Effects took the center stage from the story. Movie was better before Doctor Strange learned to use magic.

Most dramatic moment has computer generated versions of Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch. Both are good actors who did good job in the movie. Computer generated versions of them took the weight out off the most dramatic scene.

Villains didn't help. They were just three or more people with black make-up around their eyes. Mads Mikkelsen was totally wasted. There were more of them but only three of them went anywhere at the time. Others waited somewhere. The big evil was as bad as Maleborgia from Spawn movie.

Doctor Strange is fun while it lasts. There are amazing effects. It has set up for few future movies. If that is good enough for you, you will enjoy the movie. How ever it could have been better with less visual effects and more story.

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