Doctor Strange (2016)
Going into this year's fall movie season there wasn't another movie that peaked my interest as Doctor Strange did. Where movies such as Rogue One might have looked better, no other movie meant so much to its franchise as Doctor Strange. With so many superhero movies filling the market (6 scheduled for 2017 just between DC and Marvel) superhero fatigue is on the rise. For the MCU to continue to amaze audiences as they have in recent years the MCU has to be able to evolve. Doctor Strange is the first time magic has been used in the MCU and could be just what the franchise needs. Magic could add a breath of fresh air and a new fresh element to superhero movies and could help interest audiences. So could Doctor Strange start this new era of Marvel movies off to a good start?
The thing I love the most about Doctor Strange is how different this movie feels. Not just when compared to other superhero movies but other action movies in general. From the action to the visuals this movie is unlike almost any other movie out there. The action is clever and goes beyond normal superhero action scenes. They revolutionize the fights by using things such as time and new dimensions to give the action fresh twist. The visuals are also incredible. Where they are very similar to movies such as Inception they really come to their own in 3d which is something Inception did not provide. The writing in this movie also worked extremely well. The mix between jokes and drama almost always worked and when paired with an amazing performance by Benedict Cumberbatch this movie is really a fantastic experience.
Where complaints in this movie are few there still are some. I will start with something that is out of anyone's control, this is yet another superhero origin movie. Where they do innovate new action scenes there is still certain elements that this movie is forced to have. And with this being around the 7th origin movie in the MCU alone so far it does feel a little overdone, but once again this is really not at anyones fault, it is more just the forced nature of this movie. Another minor issue I had with this movie was some of the comedy, especially with some of the pop culture references. Where there was amazing comedy scenes dealing with pop culture such as one with Beyonce, there is plenty that did more harm than good. Certain scenes try to portray a very eastern religion vibe and jokes such as pop culture references can take the audience out of the atmosphere. The villain also suffered from the marvel villain treatment. Overall he was very forgettable and was a weaker part of this movie.
Overall Doctor Strange was another great superhero movie. It successfully added a new element to the MCU which will drastically help with its longevity. With a clever script which balanced comedy and drama this movie kept my interest throughout the entire movie. The 3d and visuals were incredible and made the ticket completely worth the cost (which I cannot say about most 3d movies.) I cannot only wait to see how Doctor Strange affects the future of the MCU but I also look forward to revisiting this movie as one of the most innovative films in the MCU!