Doctor Strange (2016)


A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. (IMDb)
Falls prey to a few tiresome cliches (an unremarkable villain played by Mads Mikkelsen; our hero finishing training just in time for a world catastrophe) but subverts others (see the brains over brawn climax). Thoughtful discourse on violence and “the greater good”, loads of ambitious and interesting visuals, a unique blend of ancient-exotic and modern America settings with the dashes of lightheartedness and unique situations that result (see The Ancient One in the hospital) are more pros.
7/10 (Good)


  1. Great analysis, Joel. I liked this movie quite a bit, but I was still let down that they played it so safe. This character opens up so much potential to do things that we’d yet to see in the MCU, yet most of what we got was just a rehash of 2008’s Iron Man. An entertaining movie, but it could have been so much more.

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  2. I liked that he was already in a profession that required him to be a master at reading, comprehension, learning a wide variety of fields of study, but then they try to say that it was in his heart the whole time. He may have needed some heart, but the brain was a pretty darn big reason why he became so good.

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