Cloak and Swagger
February 20, 2017

It was worth the wait, and possibly even moreso to have it playable in the privacy of my home where I can blast forth with gawky laughter without fear of reprisal. This isn't quite the Strange I remember from the comics of the 90s, and coming in blind was probably the best thing for me. I'd heard a reviewer say as much, and not reading the rest of their review did me all kinds of favors.

Yes I was optimistic with Benedict Cumberbund starring as the titular hero, the charm and personality we've come to expect from movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy is present, though less bombastically. So little is explained, but just enough so you aren't lost.

This may be the most dialogue light Marvel film in this franchise. Oh and while I'm not spoiling anything, how about that cloak? It's own brand of levity was a masterstroke! The effects were enthralling, and somehow not visually chaotic. No camera shakes here, foiks - you'll provide for that.

I haven't enjoyed a movie that much since Guardians of the Galaxy, and I am completely comfortable with the "new" Doctor Strange. It's adaptations like this that justify the extra resolution and detail that go into them. There's a fine balance between nosehair emphasis and sprawling supernatural vistas, and this one does it right.

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honestgamer honestgamer - February 20, 2017 (06:34 PM)
Puns are the best! As for the Marvel films, the only one I've seen is Iron Man (which I liked a lot when my brother-in-law took me to the theater to see it). I keep meaning to see some of the other Marvel projects, and even bought Guardians of the Galaxy, but the truth is that I don't tend to watch a lot of movies these days. I don't usually enjoy watching them alone, and my wife rarely will watch them with me. The movie I most recently watched was Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, again because someone took me to the theater for the viewing.
hastypixels hastypixels - February 21, 2017 (03:21 AM)
Marvel is producing the best superhero movies in the entire industry right now. Iron Man 2 was pretty good, but Iron Man 3 is as entertaining and clever as the first, given the challenging subject matter it has to present.

If you enjoyed Iron Man, you'll enjoy: Captain America: The Winter Solder, Avengers (which is as enthralled an origin story as Iron Man was), Avengers: Civil War (you can skip Age of Ultron without missing much, though it is still pretty dang good) ... and of course Guardians of the Galaxy ... and for now that's it.

Even the least of these (Age of Ultron) is still time you won't regret spending. They're all significant cultural references and major franchises for a reason. Joss and the writers he inspired have reinvigorated our favorite superheroes and turned them into people.

Here's a hint: Music plays a big role in their lives as it does ours, and naturally, what they listen to tells us about who they are. Pretty basic storytelling, right? Marvel uses that understanding to its best advantage.

Trust me, you're going to walk away from those films with solid memories and fond ones, as well.

"Did you come here to start a war?"

"Does a boot have a quarrel with an anthill?"

"Are you planning to step on us?"

From memory - Avengers is possibly my single favorite movie. It's just that dang good. Whatever Joss Whedon is doing now, I'm glad he put Marvel on this track.
JoeTheDestroyer JoeTheDestroyer - February 27, 2017 (06:26 AM)
I really enjoyed Doctor Strange. I'm glad they're including him in the next Thor, but I would still like to see another Strange film, maybe one with Mordo as the main antagonist.
hastypixels hastypixels - March 03, 2017 (02:44 AM)
By the look of things that's what they're working toward. He'll certainly be in Infinity Wars. Admittedly gettin' pretty pumped about that.

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