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I saw "Doctor Strange" tonight, and... wow. I really am stuck on that word, and feel the need to squee over the many, many wonderful things about it. Spoilers below, obviously.

--- Benedict's hands.

--- Seriously, this is a movie that is literally about Sherlock's wonderful, wonderful hands. I had a second-row seat, complete with 3D glasses. Hella, as they say.

--- The morally grey aspect of it all. There's not a single character in it, with the possible equivalent of the in-world equivalent of Morgoth, who isn't utterly complicated here.

--- Benedict's cheekbones. You know, in case you got tired looking at the hands.

--- The way Galadriel Tilda Swinton turns Lothlorien the Mirror-realm on its head. Never had I felt that kind of place's necessary status as not-safe so intensely as I did here.

--- The costuming. Seroiously, there should be a Nobel Prize for this stuff.

--- The SFX. In no way superficial or gratuitous, such a wonderful way to get at the other-ness of the world.

--- Benedict's voice. This is not something I expected to actually like, I was almost afraid to go because I thought it would distract when I was so used to his British tones. But in the end it was just masterful. Intense. Just...


Yeah, I'm good. Really.

--- The meta possibilities in Wong, the man with no first name, being played by Benedict Wong. I'm just going to leave that one there.

--- The way it works East vs. West. Seriously, western-ness as rationality and science and ego, but also the need to know we see shot through the ending scenes.

--- Speaking of endings: the fact that Benedict overthrew Morgoth by essentially going "Are we there yet?" on him until he just gave in.

--- Mads Mikkelsen, essentially in Goth. Tumblr must be in fits.


--- Chiwetel Ejiofor, because apparently Benedict Cumberbatch wasn't enough.

--- Thor! Loved so much about that bit, and the way it ted in with the larger Marvel 'verse but was so much its own thing.

--- Quite possibly the most unexpected Stan Lee cameo I've come across to date.

--- Good God, the crash scene. The visualizing-the-multiverse scene. Tilda Swinton's last scene. The... so, so many others. The pacing just completely blew me away.

--- But really: those hands.

Bottom line: maybe someone should give the DCU a hug or something. They just may need it.


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Nov. 5th, 2016 05:54 am (UTC)
I'm going to see it Monday evening; good to see that you liked it:) (though I'm sure Benedict Cumberbatch will be wasted on me as I neither like nor dislike him particularly)
Nov. 5th, 2016 10:47 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it so much!
I agree, especially with what you say about the other-ness of the world.
Nov. 5th, 2016 03:16 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, thank you so much for writing up your thoughts on this! I really appreciate your enthusiasm. :) What a time to be alive, right?! Benedict's hands and voice! Tilda Swinton! Goth!Mads! Also...I'm basically shipping Doctor Strange/Cape at this point, heeeee.

This is a movie that really needs to be seen in theaters (I was so lucky to see it in IMAX!), so I hope everyone does! :)
Nov. 5th, 2016 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the review! Can't wait.
Nov. 7th, 2016 03:18 pm (UTC)
Totally disagree with the illustrious and brilliant Edna Mole: this cape was adorable and quite possibly my favorite part of the movie. But that said, I'd be hard-pressed to list my favorite parts because I think I'd end up listing everything from the Marvel page-flip (which, sadly, isn't as page flippy as of old and I miss that) to the post credit scene (Benjamin Bratt... nooooo I wanted more of him. *le sigh*)

Going into as someone completely neutral on BC, I came out a fan of his acting. Not a fangirl of anything else--sorry, he's adorable and the camera loves him, but just doesn't do anything else for me--but definitely a fan of his intense acting. He brought terrific gravitas balanced with humor to what could have been a very cheesy role if not handled expertly.

We saw it in "regular" 2D, because I wasn't sure if I could handle the swoopy, crazy effects but we all decided almost simultaneously that we have to go see it in IMAX, so that'll probably be next weekend's fun. :)

I haven't read any of the Dr. Strange comics and so I'm playing "homework time" now on Marvel Wiki, to get a better understanding of Dormommu(sp??) and the rest, but suffice to say that I (and my husband and daughter) came out of our viewing Sunday afternoon chattering MCU meta almost faster than any of us could spit the words out.

And the mid-credit scene. I kept thinking throughout the entire movie, "Wonder what Thor would think of all this?" and then... there he is. Wonderful, that scene.

The whole thing was very Tolkienesque at times, I agree. It's interesting to see traditional fantasy elements injected into the MCU.
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