By Sehen Gamhewa, Comic Hub Co-Editor and Contributing Writer
“It’s Dr. Strange, please.” That’s what Dr. Stephen Strange says, but I have to say, Mr. Strange agrees with him much more. Especially considering the fact that he’s standing sideways, on a building, without falling, while dozens of buildings above him turn round and round…
Marvel is back with another great movie. This time, with something better, newer, and fresher compared to its recent blockbusters.
Doctor Strange has hit the sweet spot this time, with critics and fans alike.
What did it?
Mainly, the CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery).
The thing is, there’s never been anything special about the CGI in Marvel’s movies. For all the money and resources the studio dumps into its massive showdowns, they are still, basically, superheroes showing off with an enormous number of quips, rather than the flashier booms and bangs one expects of the titanic battles.
Even when they feature a rampaging rage-monster, dueling deities, or a fleet of flying battle drones, “cool enough” is about the highest praise one can usually lavish upon their elaborate climaxes.
But Doctor Strange is different.
The 14th installment in the ever-expanding MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) is the first to really exploit the possibilities of CGI—to use state-of-the-art technology to its full, jaw-dropping advantage, and to use that advantage in all the right places.
“Cool enough” doesn’t do justice to this blockbuster’s city-and reality-bending set pieces.
“Awe-inspiring” is closer.
In fact, critics have gone as far as saying, ‘The effects in Dr. Strange will blow your mind, even if the story doesn’t,’ which just goes to show, doesn’t it?
But, if there’s one problem with Dr. Strange, it is stereotypical characters.
Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelsen, is your everyday stereotypical evil dude. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the stereotypical-mentor-with-unshakable-beliefs role of Mordo. Benedict Wong plays Wong, the stereotypical librarian who never laughs, and Rachel McAdams plays a secondary-kinda-romantic role where she popped up when needed, and disappeared when she didn’t.
Stereotypes were everywhere, like flying pigs. And that was probably the only bad thing about this movie.
Marvel, being Marvel, didn’t slack off with the jokes this time either, and once again, did their trademark thing of squeezing in snippets of jokes, even in the darkest of scenes. But again, that’s Marvel, so if you don’t like it, you’ll have to get used to it.
The acting and direction were pretty amazing, and Scott Derrickson did a brilliant job of directing this film.
Benedict Cumberbatch was brought in, and he did not disappoint. He played Dr. Strange’s egotistical character to its fullest, with his shaky American accent, (which the critics say, is shakier than his paralyzed hands, *wink, wink.) Tilda Swinton, the Ancient One, did a surprisingly good job, and actually, almost made me believe the role she was playing. The other actors were pretty amazing as well, so no qualms there.
All in all, Marvel did amazingly well with their newest blockbuster. The film was, strangely awesome.