Wednesday, November 2, 2016
I've watched two days ago in theater Marvel Doctor Strange and i enjoyed it quite a lot. As a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch i was awaiting the movie a lot and Cumberbatch who is such a good actor don't disappoint and is just perfect in Doctor Strange. The other cast is great too, starting by Tilda Swinton who is just as good if not better than Benedict. Chiwetel Ejiofor is excellent too but I was less impressed by Mads Mikkelsen, playing the villain Kaecilius. He's okay but sometime i have the feeling that Marvel has forgot Alfred Hitchcock famous rule "better is the villain, better will be the movie".
That said, and although the story might be a bit complicated to follow for young children the visual effects of the folding cities and the Astral voyages of Dr Strange are impressive and faithful to the psychedelic dimension of the comic books. It's an origin movie with the usual flaws it can have but for the most it's pretty enjoyable. It still have the limits of super-heroes movie and you can feel it in the treatment of what the movie is talking about - the dimensions of the mind - that the authors don't have experienced "physically" what it is really. So, let's say that it is a typical superficial Hollywood treatment of this kind of subject and i couldn't stop thinking what a great movie it would have been with a more arty director and not a major company behind the production wanted to make sure it'll be a commercial success.
One last thing, and it's about the music composed by Michael Giacchino. If we except the main theme which is fine, i didn't find him very inspired for the rest but it was also a movie difficult to illustrate musically. Anyway, go and watch it, and make sure to stay to the very end of the credits as there is two bonus scenes! The 3D is specially impressive during the Astral voyages, some of the best 3D we've seen. And don't miss Stan Lee cameo, too!
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