Here at Cinema Soapbox, we strive to make our movie reviews consistent, consistently good, and for them to be applicable to our readers. Every movie review will have the same five questions answered.
This week in Movie Review Theater, we will be answering your questions on Doctor Strange.
Did you make it until the end of the movie? Of course, that was never a concern with a Marvel movie, it's typically how long after the credits that you have to stay to see the extra scene. In this case, not long, but it's really worth it. This isn't your typical Marvel movie though, which includes powerful heroes, but none of them are magic. Doctor Strange is the first movie to bring in magic to the universe, but we did have to suffer through an episode of House starring Steven Strange to get there. The origin story didn't hover too much on part of his life that we wouldn't care about, but it gets dangerously close at times during the beginning. What you end up with is the most visually.....unique....movie the MCU has produced to date.
Would you be embarrassed to see this movie with your mom? No, but I also don't think she will like it. It's not the mystical element of it or even the magic, it's the dark side that borders on demonic looking that I think will turn her away from the movie. Lots of symbols and evil is lurking, but not in a Loki is eccentric kind of way, but more of a Thanos on steroids kind of way. Add that with a few curse words, and it's going to end up being a hard pass from her.
What drink would pair best with this movie? Is it possible to combine a smart glass of scotch with a frozen drink with an umbrella in it? It's a little bit of both, but with a poor attempt at humor in spots too. The perfect drink for this just doesn't exist.
If you replaced the main actor with one of his/her contemporaries, would it be better or worse? Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't have many contemporaries that could also pull off action sequences too. Eddie Redmayne is too slight to play the Doctor and James McAvoy is already too well known a Professor X to take on that role....not to mention probable contract issue. The problem is Cumberbatch is a fine actor, but always looks like something is wrong with him. I can't put my finger on it, but it is enough to be distracting at times. I can't say anyone would be better, but we'll find out once he enters the rest of the Marvel universe and has to share screen time with bigger stars. It should be interesting.
If you see this movie on cable 3 months from now, do you stop to watch it? I've heard and read several people say that this is one of the best Marvel movies ever made. I do not agree and its not close for that matter. Guardians is far superior and Winter Soldier still blows this movie away too. I take both of The Avengers movies over this too, but that's where you can have an open discussion as to where it ranks. It's still a Marvel movie though and they know how to turn out great content. This is no exception and I'll surely get sucked into this movie on Starz several times when it gets released. I don't have the initial want to see it several more times like I have with other movies though and for all of the Cumberbutton talk, I think Tilda Swinton was the better character and acting performance out of this movie. I'm sure it will grow on me more and more though, MCU tends to do that to you.
Overall rating: 8 out of 10 stars
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