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Stu Jamieson
Jedi Master Film Handler

Posts: 524
From: Buccan, Qld, Australia
Registered: Jan 2008

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Doctor Strange seems to do its damnedest to make you dislike it.

It's about yet another rich, narcissistic, egotistical twat whose circumstance dictates a seachange to superheroism. It is heavily styled along the lines of Christopher Nolan's Inception but lacks his clever script to make the minutiae work. There are puzzling continuity errors - did nobody proof watch this movie? Equally puzzling are some of the action scenes which are extremely difficult to follow. Other scenes seem clunkily truncated - no doubt to be later expanded upon in a bluray extended edition. Strange seems to go from mystic atheist to devout cultist to defeating an intergalactic multidimensional villain in the space of, oh, 1 hour and 55 minutes. And it even includes the dreadful clichés, "forget everything you think you know" and "it's complicated". Ugh!

But in spite of itself, Dr Strange remains cracking fun.

Its ideas of sorcery and the magics held therein take Marvel films in a different direction yet still dovetails with the existing cinematic canon in interesting and comedic ways. And these new CGI spells allow for some compelling effects and some thrilling interactions when it comes to combat.

The film is also aided immensely by it's cast. Benedict Cumberbatch can do no wrong at the moment and this role won't spoil his winning streak. His performance here being more at the Khan end of his range than Alan Turing.

Similarly with Tilda Swinton, who also never fails to impress, as an ancient mystical master reminiscent of The Last Airbender. Her performance is a delightful mixture of sass, cheek, mystery and wisdom.

Chiwetel Ejiofor seems to be reprising his role as The Operative from Joss Whedon's Serenity. Indeed, he seems to be the exact same character, perhaps in a parallel universe. But these reflections of a former great role for him are fun to watch even if they are unintentional - and I'm not sure that they are.

Rachel McAdams, sadly, does little more than look pretty which, admittedly, she excels at. And Mads Mikkelson only need stare coldly at the camera and mumble to be worthy of watching. One day he'll get a leading role in Hollywood instead of being the villain. One day.

Although Doctor Strange can't help but be a disappointment, just thinking of what it could have been - and it could have been two much better movies - it remains a great big bag of fun regardless. Naturally, there'll be more.

7.5 out of 10.

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Sam Graham
AKA: "The Evil Sam Graham". Wackiness ensues.

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From: Waukee, IA
Registered: Dec 2004

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CINEMA: Cinemark Movies 12, Ames, IA
PRESENTATION: Cinemark by Barco digital
RATING: Two and one half stars (out of four)

THE PLOT: A reckless distracted driver crashes. Wackiness ensues.

It's a fun couple of hours and worth the bother, but it feels like it should be waaay more substantial.

The thing I kept thinking throughout was "Man, just think what Guillermo del Toro could have done with this."

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Aron Toplitsky
Expert Film Handler

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From: Gardena, CA, USA
Registered: May 2012

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CINEMA: AMC Del Amo 18 Torrance, CA



SHOWTIME: Today @ 12:20PM

PRESENTATION PROBLEMS: Seven minutes past start time and presentation hadn't started, so I got up to let staff know. Sever was rebooted twice and never came back up. Showing was cancelled. [thumbsdown] [Roll Eyes]

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Jonathan Goeldner
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Washington, District of Columbia
Registered: Jun 2008

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I saw this in IMAX-laser (3D) - and my eyes and jaw were on the floor -with close to an hour's worth of scenes, opening up to 1.90 AR - what an outstanding presentation! and a great story as well.

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