It's okay, but not great.
When Marvel announced they were releasing a new Doctor Strange movie, I was ecstatic. I'm a huge fan of the comics, so I couldn't wait to see how they would translate it to the big screen. The trailers looked amazing and I had high expectations for the movie. The other day, I finally got to see it and... I was disappointed.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a terrible movie, but it doesn't live up to the first one. In this blog post, we will compare the two movies and discuss why the first one is better.
Truth be told the movies NEVER beat the comic book.
The first thing that I noticed was that the plot was very convoluted. In the comics, Doctor Strange's origin story is pretty simple. He's a talented surgeon who gets in a car accident and can no longer use his hands. Desperate to find a cure, he turns to magic and becomes a powerful sorcerer. The first movie works, though it did deviate from the comics.
The second movie requires that you see all the MCU movies to get what's going on. The movie just felt like too much work. Multiverse of Madness made it hard to follow what was going on -- for new people. The approach to the Christine relationship was not logical.The Multiverse movie could drive you mad.
The second issue I had with the new film was with the characters. In the first movie, we got to know Stephen Strange and see his character arc from arrogant surgeon to humble sorcerer. In this one, however, he feels more like a supporting character. The focus is mainly on the Scarlet Witch, with Strange taking a backseat. This was a huge letdown for me because I was looking forward to seeing more of Benedict Cumberbatch's performance. And I was looking for even more growth.
There are some good things about the new Doctor Strange movie. The action sequences are mind-bending and visually stunning. I also thought that the performances by both Cumberbatch and Olsen were excellent. But in the end, it just wasn't enough to save the film from its' flaws. If you're a fan of the comics, you WILL not enjoy it. If you are an action movie fan, you will be fine. I would recommend sticking with the first movie. It's not much of a Strange movie, despite it's being a strange movie.
What did you think of the new Doctor Strange movie? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to check out our other blog post, "A Clear Comparison of the New Dr. Strange Movie to the First." Thanks for reading!