it is a total ripoff of Inception as far as visuals go. i couldn't stop looking at the bad makeup. i wanted to gouge out my eyes for having watched this movie. i beg for a slow painful death in repentance. shame, shame, shame......
I want to be able to download this movie to my laptop so I don't have to be on wifi to watch it. I would have rather just bought the hard copy and upload it to my computer. I am really angry about this situation.
This misses the thing that made superhero characters interesting when the genre was originally created. A superhero is only interesting if there's a threat no one else can solve, personal relationships which are tested by living a double life, and a meaningful resolution. Most superhero movies today completely miss this, instead focusing on just the action scenes. Ant-Man was the only recent one I thought was really good. I hated Batman v. Superman for being so dark and hard to understand, and I hate this one for the same reason. (Clarification: The threat can only be solved by Doctor Strange, BUT the threat was so vaguely defined that it didn't feel to me like a threat. Darkness enshrouding the world--that's so cliche unless there's something plausible motivating the evil character.)
There's no likeability to Stephen Strange, played with disdain by Benedict Cumberbatch, and his relationship with Rachel McAdams's character is only interesting because she has such a nice personality, but it's not plausible that she cares about him when he's a complete jerk. Another problem is that the movie fails to properly orient the viewer to the different plot developments and locations. It never slows down enough to let you process what has transpired.
The basic story is that Stephen Strange is a neurosurgeon whose hands get nerve damage because of a car accident, so he seeks out cures and discovers a temple in Nepal which teaches skills similar to the Jedi arts in Star Wars. Over time, he gets engrossed in the superpowers of separating his mind from his body and using his energy to reshape the world around him and fight his enemies, who have some dark scheme to oppress the world. Then he has to accept leaving Rachel McAdams behind and find a way to trick the evil enemy into leaving the earth alone. There are a lot of problems in the filmmaking along the way. First, there is no clearly defined goal of this evil enemy--no motivation or explanation of what this dark scheme is all about. Second, there is no notable theme in this movie--no lesson Stephen Strange learns, no meaningful choice he has to make which solves or creates a moral dilemma. Third, it dehumanizes the story when the action is so central to it and there's no clearly defined goal except to stop an enemy at a certain location by fighting with superpowers. The purpose is to save 3 "sanctums" in New York, London, and Hong Kong, but why are they in danger? Why am I supposed to fear this enemy except that he has superpowers and wants to be bad?
Added to that, the film has a terrible sense of pace and thinks that CGI alone can wow an audience, but it never slows down to show internal struggles and personal redemption of Dr. Strange. The philosophy is also more vaguely defined than it should be, some combination of Christian Science, Buddhism, and Scientology, in which you can do anything you set your mind to, and distort the reality around you to protect the world's people who don't even know that evil beings are out to get them. The fantasy imagery is also very unimaginative, too, usually relying on shape distortions and kaleidoscope-type images and Harry Potter-like bursts of light from the hands. The villain sounds really low and just looks like a gross monster face. Like How to Train Your Dragon 2, he is a shallow villain and is not fearsome, even though he sounds low and harsh. The woman who is in charge of the magic school in Nepal is also a freak, having a shaved head and no natural expression on her face at any point.
I consider this movie a piece of trash. Millions of dollars poured into CGI does not make it good art or meaningful entertainment.