At First Glance: “Doctor Strange”

h look, another comic book adaptation. Where would the world be if there wasn’t yet another comic book adaptation opening in any given year? Confusion would no doubt ensue. Chaos. People running around like chickens with their heads cut off. The end of days! If only.

The upcoming Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures film “Doctor Strange” looks trippy, fascinating, and perhaps a bit too weird for my liking, especially for a superhero film.

This comic book film stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Zoolander 2”, “The Hollow Crown”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Triple 9”, “The Martian”), Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”, “Southpaw”), Michael Stuhlbarg (upcoming “Story of Your Life”, “Miles Ahead”), Mads Mikkelsen (upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, “Hannibal (2013 TV series)”), and Tilda Swinton (upcoming “A Bigger Splash”, “Hail, Caesar!”).

The film is directed by Scott Derrickson (“Deliver Us from Evil”, “Sinister”) and written by Jon Spaihts (upcoming “Passengers”, “Prometheus”) and C Robert Cargill (upcoming “As They Continue to Fall (Short 2016)”, “Sinister 2”).

The film is expected to open on Nov. 4, 2016.
This time, which is seldom the case, I’m just writing about this because everyone else will be, is currently doing so, or has done so already. It’s not that I have no interest in this film, although that itself may have gone down a bit after this trailer. No, it’s just that I know nothing about this particular character or his world. Making things worse, it’s supposed to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which itself isn’t the problem, but how is he supposed to factor into a later film or two? This, I’m assuming, is part of the goal in the years to come, but I can’t fully see how this would work or how he’d make for an interesting character, or addition, in those films. I guess those are questions for a much later date, especially if you look at when the film itself is supposed to be released. Anyway, let’s just jump into what I thought about this teaser trailer, which debuted during “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.

Okay, so after another viewing of this teaser trailer, I haven’t changed my opinion on what I think about this upcoming film.

It’s really really weird even for a superhero film. By this standard, “Ant-Man” is looking pretty fantastic right about now.

Okay, since it’s a teaser, I’ll try not to be too mean. However, I feel that the bonkers trailer has done most of the work for me.

Let’s see, what did we get?

Quick two second, if not shorter, look at McAdams character.

Swinton having dialogue and being the Ancient One, whatever the hell that is. When you look at her career, especially her most notable roles over the last 10 years, he’ll even going back to “Constantine”, it’s not too surprising she’d take this role. Wth this knowledge in mind I believe she may be the perfect choice for this film. Let’s just see if she can do wonders with the is oddball material.

Cumberbatch, of course, and Ejiofor. Much like with McAdams, we have no idea who Ejiofor is playing. At least, not based on this teaser trailer, which is the only thing I’m going off of.

I will say, that the visual effects on display look incredible! They add heavily to the trippy aspects of this film, and what will most likely largely dominate the entire film, but it also has me unsure. The trippy aspects may be necessary, but as we previously had “Inception”, it’s not hard to just feel out of place. For me it was a bit too much. This alone, I’m fearing, may keep me away form the film until it’s out on DVD next year. Sad.

And then, of course, there’s the last matter, which is something that’s troubling about this film already. It’s another origins story with a very vague plot. Granted, “Ant-Man” was also an origins story film, but as far as I can remember, the trailer never really felt like it was announcing it was an origins story film. This one does, and it’s quite painful. Hopefully the second trailer really improves upon this, and evens out all the details given so far. Without that, there’s not a chance in hell I’ll be watching this film.

Companies gotta make money, moviegoers will eat up whatever they throw out. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, or if the company in question is seemingly on a major roll with big budget films. The only thing one needs to know is that the film will probably make a shit ton of money. Hopefully it’s worth the huge price of admission.


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