Saturday, November 5, 2016

Dr. Strange




My wife and I have been on vacation this week--sorry for going dark, but we've been redoing one of my daughter's bedrooms and it's my oldest's birthday this weekend.

We did see Dr. Strange yesterday and I was...underwhelmed.

Much like Civil War, I didn't find the story that great. In my opinion, Tilda Swinton's Ancient One stole the film. She did an incredible job.  I also enjoyed Chiwetel Ejiofor's Mordo and Benedict Wong's Wong.

I'm sad to sat that I'm not sure that Benedict Cumberbatch was very strong in this role and Mads Mikkelsen was criminally underused.

And I got fairly bored with the Inception-inpired scenes over and over. It seemed the filmmakers tried to substitute a complex and dangerous environment for real action scenes. Finally, while I was glad to see they decided to use the cool effects of sorcerers when they cast spells, literally, all those spells were used for was as melee weapons. In effect, it was like having a martial arts film with energy weapons.

It just missed the mark for me.
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