Well Marvel, you have finally made a film that made me die of boredom. I have never been so disinterested in a character’s journey in my entire life and I never thought that this company would be the one to deliver on that.
Doctor Strange is nothing more than a failed inception-esque acid trip that could literally double as a lego movie. I have never been so disappointed in a Marvel film in my life and I watched The Incredible Hulk. This film was a magic trick in itself, Marvel managed to make it look visually stunning so that it could trick you into thinking that this film was revolutionary. The sorcery and effects took you away from the uninventive story structure and the lack of substance from literally every aspect of this film except for the score.
Stephen Strange is a self-absorbed, condescending, egotistical asshole and I did not gain one ounce of sympathy for him at all. He is not a likeable character and it’s not Benedict’s fault. They tried to make him relevant, they tried and tried to make him fit into the Marvel universe but there is no way I can see him fitting in with the rest of them at all. There is no character development, he was weak, he lacked any form of humanity. There is a problem when the secondary characters are funnier and are written better than the main protagonist. Every other person in this film deserved so much more, Chiwetel, Rachel and Mads were wasted. The three of them are so extremely talented that they were actually wasted on something like this.
This did not need to be a standalone. There was no need to show his origin story because it was so boring. I just wanted him to be Doctor Strange already. I just wanted him to perform his magic tricks, I don’t care how he got them, he just needed to have them. This is was cringeworthy to sit through because of how formulaic and repetitive it was. I probably laughed once or twice and it was forced laughter, this entire film felt forced and unnecessary.
I won’t even begin to touch upon how incredibly offensive and horrendous The Ancient One’s whitewashing was because I was angry every time I saw Tilda on screen.
I am very disappointed in Marvel. They gave us a Phase 1 calibre film when we are opening Phase 3. I don’t understand how people can be blinded by the visual effects (which were excessive, over done and borderline insane) and still say it’s fantastic. I don’t understand what movie you all are watching to say that this was Marvel’s best? I just can’t believe how overhyped this was and that we are stuck with Doctor Strange taking the place of Tony Stark, which the character is incapable of doing.