028 Smells Like Boogers

November 2nd, 2016, 2:27 am

Average Rating: 5.00

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You're constantly smelling the
inside of your own nose, but you
don't know what it smells like.

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Reply NtKGar, November 1st, 2016, 4:13 pm

Today's vote incentive is Aleister using his cat bed wrong

Got out to see Doctor Strange over the Halloween weekend. I've only read a handful of Doctor Strange stories over the years, enough to appreciate this guy, not enough to do well in a trivia quiz, so probably on par with a lot of the cinema audience.

Anyway: Best Marvel film since Guardians of the Galaxy. Probably for a lot of the same reasons, come to think of it. Sure, you can see Avengers Tower on in the New York establishing shots, but there's no S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and the whole thing is allowed to be a self-contained story with the wider MCU only acknowledged in the mid-credits stinger. Buckets of action (with minimal shaky-cam), funny comedy, and a well-developed central cast.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Brilliant Arrogant Asshole with his usual aplomb. Strange is a bit less detatched than Sherlock and is played a bit warmer and more vulnerable, but everyone went "Oh, yeah" when the casting was announced, and they were right. He's got good chemistry with Chiwetel Ejiofor's Mordo and is a natural with the laconic wit Marvel films are known for.

It's one to see in the cinema in 3D. A lot of the magic stuff involves manipulating time and space, and a lot of the environment animation is almost gratuitously layered and detailed. Brick and tile patterns move and dance and refract, surfaces fold through impossible angles, there are astral projections and dark dimensions and we're back to Guardians of the Galaxy comparisons in terms of visual inventiveness on display. Only, you know, with magic.

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