Dr. Strange, Marvel Studios’ latest chapter in the seemingly endless saga of superhero movies, is what I would call a good movie. It wasn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, and it wasn’t even the best Marvel Studios movie I’ve seen, so it wasn’t an AMAZING 😍😍 movie. But I do not regret spending my money to go see it, and believe it was a good use of two hours on a Saturday evening.
The best part of the film ended up being the gem my husband and I stumbled upon when discussing the merits of the film after leaving: this movie is an allegory for the American election. Spoiler alert: Hillary wins, but everything is still a little up-in-the-air anyway.
Allow me to explain. The film sees a conflict between “The Ancient One,” a female leader of a mystical organization of sorcerers who has been in place for as long as anyone can remember – a very establishment candidate, and a former student who had one-too-many questions go unanswered and finally decided that the bad-guy-realm, the “Dark Dimension,” promised the best way forward for the world. Status Quo vs Major (Scary?) Change. Both characters are flawed, in their own way. One is not as purely good as she purports to be, having some dark secrets that prompt distrust from her former followers. The other truly believes that a complete regime change is in order, that the way the world is being run is too broken to continue, and that the Dark Dimension offers the ideal way forward. Neither character is truly evil, nor truly good. And yet, there is a media conspiracy to make us believe the woman is on the right side… 😜
Anyway, if you want to know what I thought of the movie in a nutshell, it was too short. There were really good segments of story building there, but there was a little too much going on that nothing really got properly fleshed out. I can understand the desire to avoid having a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 fiasco where we just spend two hours watching this guy going through physical therapy and character development and it’s boring AF, but I think the story would have benefitted from an extra 30 minutes of play time without being boring. I should add that I did not see it in 3D, and if you’re into that I’m sure it would have been pretty intense. There’s some pretty freaky angles going on there.
7/10: Would recommend to a friend