Doctor Strange delivers engrossing visuals but just about everything else commits the sin of similarity in a film that by its very namesake has license to be different.
Before I get too deep into the discussion, I’d like to clarify that I enjoyed Dr. Strange thoroughly. As far as popcorn flicks go, it knocks it out of the park, providing ample spectacle. While the spectacle entertains, it also distracts from the fact that Doctor Strange favours convention over character. Call me crazy, but character is integral to an origin story. Rather than write a truly unlikable genius, that’s there when the universe needs him—like the very troubled Rick from Rick and Morty—Marvel hired someone good at playing the unlikable genius. They cooked up a misplaced love story and peppered the script with goofy jokes.