I watched the latest Doctor Strange film with Jane over the weekend. Her pick, not mine. I've got nothing against the Doc, it's just that I've missed a couple of Marvel movies and wasn't sure I'd be able to keep up. As it turned out, I was fine. The missing jigsaw piece was the television series, Wanda Vision. If you missed that, you were in all sorts of trouble.
Jane hadn’t seen it and turned to me a couple of times in the first half hour with no idea what was going on. Normally, she's the one who has the entire plot figured out by the end of the opening scene.
Anyway, we pushed through to the end. Not something we always do with long movies these days. I often find we have to finish off the last 30 or 40 minutes in the following days.
It was fun. I enjoyed it. There were a couple of call-backs and references I didn't get because I had missed a bunch of Marvel stuff, specifically the last Spiderman movie. And it was a weird choice calling the female lead, America. I know that's a real name, used by real people, but it also felt ham and distracting.
The effects leaned super heavily on CGI, as you’d imagine, and it was pretty good CGI. But I do wonder if the whole MCU experiment has got to the point where it's now excluding people who have not invested a huge amount of time in watching all of the many, many releases. Both cinematic and on TV.
Still, I do want to watch the latest Thor.