A person can go crazy trying to figure out which accent Benedict Cumberbatch puts on in Doctor Strange. He plays world-renowned surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, based in Manhattan, but he definitely doesn’t sound like a New Yorker. No discussion is made of the man’s heritage, but it’s doubtful the accent’s background would be British — Cumberbatch’s natural voice. No, like much of Marvel’s latest movie, Dr. Strange’s accent is a vaguely funny, weird thing to be tried on and tossed off. The accent — which mostly just screams “pretentious asshole” — is part of the light fun of the film. It’s perhaps best not to go too crazy about it.
Fast forward ten years and we arrive at the latest Star Wars movies, the first made entirely free of Lucas’ ideas and touch. So far, they appear to employ a style that feels like both a throwback to the original trilogy and a true leap forward. It’s perhaps no surprise then, Lucas is not their biggest fan.