Doctor Strange

I was looking forward to watching this pretty much because of the sequences I saw in the ads with the Escher-like city transformations. So let’s start with the good: The movie does indeed present some action sequences that are quite novel, from those aforementioned city manipulations to the fight in Hong Kong that takes place while time is reversing. I did quite like watching those bits, but the rest left me a bit bored. I’m so tired of seeing a hero’s origin retold in film, and we do have to spend a lot of time going through the setup, before we get to the fun stuff. The worst though is what they did with the Ancient One, and just a lot of the characters in general — it’s just a bummer to see a bunch of non-Asian people dressed in Asian garb, feels off in this day and age.

By Jean Snow

Production Services Manager at Ubisoft Shanghai. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.