I am familiar with the character of Dr. Strange, and I have read some of the comic books, but he is not necessarily one of my favorites. Regardless, I still wanted to see the film, and I think that I ended up being satisfied by the film overall.
Like most Marvel origin stories, "Doctor Strange" was nowhere near perfect. There are a good amount of characters that are left rather undeveloped, like those played by Rachel McAdams and Michael Stuhlbarg. This is the unfortunate consequence of an origin story: the development is focused on the protagonist. And the protagonist in this film is developed very well. The film makes a somewhat arrogant character into a likable character very easily. There are also some issues with continuity or logic in the film, like Strange having a black eye immediately following a crash.
That being said, the film has some extremely impressive elements. The visuals are great, reminiscent of "Inception" in a way. The acting is really good, especially that of Cumberbatch, Ejiofor, and Swinton. The comedic relief is very effective, as it always is in Marvel films. Fans of Marvel films will find more of what they love in this film.
So overall, I really liked "Doctor Strange". It isn't perfect, but it is relatively well-made and enjoyable. It offers more of what fans love, but is likely to win any new fans to the MCU.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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