Sunday, November 20, 2016

Dr. Strange: Review

I saw the movie "Dr. Strange" in full 3D glory. Here's what I thought of it:

1. Benedict Cumberbatch should not speak in an American accent in any movie. Sorry, but he's a quintessential Brit and doesn't wear an American accent well. Fine effort, though, but no cigar.

2. Benedict Cumberbatch is a brilliant actor. Despite the accent issue, he is a convincing Dr. Strange. He has perfect comic timing and pulls off the character with flair.

3. The movie is dizzying to the point that at some parts of the story I couldn't tell if my uncomfortable cinema chair was firmly planted in the ground or not. There were scenes that turned the world upside down and inside out. It was quite reminiscent of Leonardo DiCaprio's "Inception".

4. The story was formulaic, but fun. It was what audiences have come to expect from a "genesis" story of a comic book hero. I could have predicted the ending half way through the film, but I was so overwhelmed by the relentless special effects, I didn't have time.

5. The special effects were relentless. The actors likely spent a large portion of their time in front of a green screen, rather than on a real set. The CGI department worked overtime - after all, the movie was about magic.

6. The comic elements of the film were timed to perfection. In the midst of the turmoil, impossible fight scenes and special effects, the jokes were funny, welcome, and well delivered. Yes, even the requisite jokes about Dr. Strange's name were chuckle-worthy.

Summary: see the film, but only eat afterwards, if you can.


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