Editor’s Note: This is a the first of hopefully many guest posts from Mr.Teacher
I am addicted superhero films. I have seen them all. Yes, even the embarrassing ones; Green Lantern and Fantastic Four to name two. Don’t picture me as some sort of glutton for punishment or person with terrible taste. I simply have great nostalgia for the obsession of my youth. When I was a kid, much of my independent play was spent with my superhero action figures. Naturally, I hoped one day I would be a superhero just like them. I wanted to join all of my friends on their fantastic adventures.
That’s not to say studios didn’t try to produce superhero movies when I was young. Terrible Batman movies were always coming out. That being said, the technology simply wasn’t up to the task of making superhero movies anything more than their cartoon counterparts.
No one could have foreseen the money making capabilities of superhero movies back then. Now, however, superhero movies are money in the bank for many Hollywood studios. In fact, there are so many superhero movies each year that much of the public is experiencing a palpable superhero movie fatigue.
Marvel movies have been the most successful at comic book adaptations. Their campy and lighthearted movies, full of celebrity banter, have delighted the public to the tune of billions of dollars. DC Comics has recently tried its hand at igniting a rivalry, but the grim seriousness of their movies have not gone over as well with the public (even though they may have the better canon).
Doctor Strange is led by the mega-star Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange. His supporting cast is full of actors with major chops. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the severe and formidable sidekick Mordo. Mads Mikkelson plays the lead villain Kaecilius, and Rachel McAdams plays the love interest Christine Palmer. The cast is rounded out by the highly controversial casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One (a classically Asian role stolen by a white actor — looking at you Emma Stone).
I can’t recommend the movie enough. Doctor Strange is a welcomed addition to the Marvel cinematic universe. See you in Thor: Ragnarok.
I am Doctor Strange… Fine, I’m not Doctor Strange, but I think this is the closest I’ll ever be to achieving my childhood goal of being a superhero. Time to go work on the goatee.