Outside of handheld camera work never has film made so dizzy, that's some sort of achievement I suppose...yes the actors are fine but we have watched this story so many times now. One more thing, all the Pop music references were dumb, do they actually serve the story in any way or are they there for the audience to laugh in recongnition
It has a solid first half and somewhat inventive visual effects (for a Marvel movie), but it's carried by an idiotic main character and good actors who speak almost entirely in whispers. Like most Marvel movies, it takes its ridiculous premise way too seriously; it's soaked in pseudo-hippie ideology coated with a "instinct trumps intellectualism" lesson. Rachel McAdams is good but wasn't given enough screen time.
As a follower of eastern religion and philosophy, i'm (as you must imagine) quite adept at using science-defying mystical powers to alter the world around me...dusting off another Marvel comic book, this one a hit in the sixties when psychedelia and "oriental" ideas were prevalent, Strange engages with phantasmagoria, humor, and the dr's charm, but fails to deliver a satisfying antagonist...maybe next time (oh yes)
A pretty good albeit derivative Marvel movie that is fun and fast paced. The cast is very good but the characters are not that interesting which makes me feel sorry for the actors. The action and visuals are cool but we´ve seen it before and the script does little to surprise or impress apart from what happens with Ejiofor's character after the credits.
The origin story itself is not that unique but Benedict nails the necessary arrogance and later character change when he discover there is a strange world out there. Suddenly the Marvel series seem to open up to tons of entertaining new stories again with infinite worlds to explore. One of the better music score help and the memorable visuals add to the fun. Sadly the resolution is a disappointment (for now).
Periodically I dip into Marvel to remind myself what they always do well and what their limitations are: i.e., no more or less than fast, fun pixel-camp that papers over its cracks by winking at the audience to not take it all so seriously. Each is a tonic in a vacuum, but on the whole you can feel the mechanization. The best we can hope for are quirks—which, here, is a mingling of action with wild psychedelia.
There's certainly more jokes than the average Marvel film. Wait, let me clarify - there are actually funny jokes in this Marvel film. Even some deadpan comments that made me smirk. Behind all the spiralling sparkles and expositional dialogue there's definitely some heart, and everybody is committed. But it can't escape my "franchise fatigue". How about trying something original with this much money and talent?
Ben sopra la triste media delle recenti uscite Marvel, ma l'inesistente spessore di Kaecilius e il ruolo da idiota di Dormammu, che si fa fregare da un potere che lui stesso dovrebbe padroneggiare, sbilanciano il film. Magnifiche le sequenze di spostamento nel multiverso, meno le influenze buoniste disneyane. Di donne e neri fighi ce ne sono tanti nelle scuderie di Stan Lee, sfruttate quelli. Una buona prova.