‘Doctor Strange’ Excites Audiences At Early Screening
FIRST SCREENING OF DOCTOR STRANGE LANDS
Cumberbatch, along with co-stars Rachel McAdams and Tilda Swinton, attended a screening in London on Monday. The film works as a standalone, but may fare slightly worse than it’s Marvel counterparts. “Which is not to say it isn’t good,” writes reviewer Rosie Fletcher. “Doctor Strange is a movie very much built up of other movies yet it still manages to keep its own identity.” Fletcher cites Harry Potter and Guardians of the Galaxy in this way.
Criticisms include a lack of heart, and perhaps caring a bit less than a viewer would like for the characters. There is also something left to be desired by the film’s villain Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen). And despite taking place in Kathmandu, there are a surprising number of white stars, replacing an Asian Ancient One in the comics with Swinton.
Cumberbatch, of course, shines as the Doctor, with a cool demeanor and humorous one-liners throughout.
And the visuals are stunning, as promised. “Inception, as discussed, is an obvious point of reference but this goes further still, whirling you though other dimensions, folding skyscapes against each other in impressively dizzying visuals,” says Fletcher.
Cumberbatch owns Doctor Strange, the movie is funnier than I was expecting, a throwback to a pre-MCU Iron Man-like standalone story.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) October 20, 2016
#DoctorStrange has some of the best action sequences in any Marvel movie EVER.
— Alex Welch (@AlexRWelch) October 20, 2016
#DoctorStrange : Showstoppers are the kaleidoscopic, trippy visuals. Sufficient at dealing w/ stakes in special-effects driven worlds.
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) October 20, 2016
I wouldn’t put #DoctorStrange in Marvel’s top five but it’s an entertaining movie with big ideas, gorgeous CGI and unique action sequences.
— Wolfman Bibbiani (@WilliamBibbiani) October 20, 2016
I liked DOCTOR STRANGE. The most self-contained Marvel movie in a long time. Fun visuals. Almost felt like a reboot of the first IRON MAN.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) October 20, 2016
Yea I loved DOCTOR STRANGE. Y’all are not prepared for how trippy and psychedelic it is.
— Brandon Norwood (@bwood0824) October 20, 2016