I’m not familiar with any of the backstory of Doctor Strange, so I came to this film with a very open mind. I liked Strange’s arrogance and general borderline unlikeability (given the fact that Cumberbatch is another Brit doing an American accent, he reminded me a lot of Hugh Laurie as House), and the trippy visuals and fight scenes were amazing. There was some great humour in there too, especially from Benedict Wong’s character (Wong is a great character actor, and often shamefully under-used). And to top it all, it has Tilda Swinton in it. I love her in anything, though I do I understand the problems many people had with her part ‘whitewashing’ an Asian character.
Overall, I found it a pretty enjoyable film, and I might even bother with the sequel when that comes out. Even though every time his magic cape thing wrapped itself around his shoulders, the dire warnings of Edna Mode popped into my head.