Movies – Doctor Strange Review (or ‘When There’s Always Biscuits In The Tin, Where’s The Fun In Biscuits’)

Who’d have thought a superhero movie from Marvel Studios could be ‘worthy’?

I certainly didn’t think it would be possible, but Doctor Strange has disproved that theory.

With a cast full of actOrs (with a capital O)  that the more poncy reviewer – you know, the sort who sneers at anything that doesn’t “examine the human condition” – loves, including Benedict Cumberbatch (with a drstrangeterrible American accent), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton (because what’s more sophisticated than a woman who is willing to shave her head for her craft?) and Mads Mikkelsen, this is definitely a step above the oik level fayre that Marvel usually serve up.

And you can tell that the cast think it too, otherwise they probably wouldn’t have agreed to take part.

But here’s the thing; Dr Strange is one of the more obscure Marvel characters for a reason, and that reason is that he’s a bit boring.

And so is this movie.

The plot was unoriginal, the characters were unlikable and the villains were uninteresting.

There just wasn’t much to it.

The best I’ve heard anyone come up with is that it has good special effects, but as I’ve said before, special effects are no longer ‘special’. We now know that if enough money is given to computer animators, then anything is possible. And when anything is possible then nothing stands out.

You know the old saying don’t you? When there’s always biscuits in the tin, where’s the fun in biscuits? That applies here.

And here’s the case in point for you; on Saturday I watched the 1982 John Carpenter horror, The Thing. Made in an era before computer animation, the monster now looks pretty ropey. And yet to me, that monster looks more ‘special’ than the effects of today because it was created by talented prop designers and prosthetic experts rather than by some bloke who is able to click his mouse in the right way a few times before letting a computer take over.

So this all leads me to the belief that if all a movie has going for it is the effects, then in 2016 it’s not a very good movie.

And that describes Dr Strange perfectly, in spite of its obvious worthiness.


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