Doctor Strange: A review

Doctor Strange

Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
Budget: Estimated to be $ 165 million

After being able to push weird properties like Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel presents the latest from their repotoire: Weird, M.D. I mean, Doctor Strange.

Just as how Spider-man taught everyone that getting bit by a spider will make you into a superhero, Doctor Strange taught you that if you text and drive, you’ll get wrecked, become partially disabled and then become a superhero! Out of responsibility, I feel it is necessary to inform you that I was being facetious and you shouldn’t text and drive—or get bit by spiders.

The true lesson of the movie is to stop being an arrogant asshole. I know, that’s a rarity in this world. Yes, I’m being facetious again. Don’t be arrogant or an asshole.

Doctor Strange was a well crafted film and a solid work of art. The combination of the CG and choreography created a smooth experience. Top-notch cinematography and great ideas on the scenes.

My main complaint about the movie? Too short. Everything about it. I wanted a longer movie, longer sequences of the impressive visuals, and the doctor being a doctor for more screentime.

I know nobody paid to see a movie about Stephen Strange doing brain surgeries on people, but I really wish they spent more time building him and his reputation up before knocking it down. He went from House to Harry Potter a little too quickly for my tastes.

If you have the chance, definitely go watch this. In IMAX if possible. I think it’s worth it. If you can’t get it without the 3D though, I would have second thoughts. Still not a fan of 3D.

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How better to CommBro Break than to immediately switch to another review. I was slow about getting together a review of Sully, so I’m just going to sneak a mini-review into here.

Sully was a decent film. Hard to really spoil anything for a historical drama, so I’m just going to write.

Some of the dialogue was a little too “on the nose.” The ending read kind of a like one of those fake Tumblr scenarios. Otherwise, it was good. Hard to stretch out a story about 208 seconds to a feature length movie, but they did it. I do actually like how they showed a shorter version of what happened in the cockpit and then again towards the end of his National Transportation Safety Board.

Might be too late to catch it in theaters at this point, but worth a matinee price if you can find it and have time.

Captain America – Civil War: A Review

Captain America: Civil War

Runtime: 2 hours 27 minutes
Budget: Estimated to be $250 million

In the latest Marvel film, #TeamAmerica and #WorldPolice duke it out over ideological differences.

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Whoops. Wrong hashtags

Yeah, yeah. So it’s really #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan. But you got to admit that those hashtags are fitting.

Anyway, time for your spoiler-free review. I find the movie to be one of the best of the 13 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It took most of those films to build up the friction and tension between the heroes. The ticking time bomb finally exploded in Civil War, giving the audience an absolute spectacle. My gosh, those action scenes were intense and satisfying.

To the uninitiated viewer, it may seem like a lot of bloat and way too many characters to understand.That was simply unavoidable somewhere along the line in the MCU. If you are one that has missed a significant number of films (especially Age of Ultron), you may not get the full experience out of the movie. However, that won’t stop it from being enjoyable.

The movie isn’t just an enjoyable action flick with explosions all day. It throws in subtleties and callbacks to the other movies. There’s definitely some emotion, if you have been following the characters. The interspersed jokes were hilarious, serving to relieve some of the tension. Overall, I would rank the three Captain America movies as follows:

1-tie. Winter Soldier
1-tie. Civil War
3. The First Avenger

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I’ve got to add a disclaimer that this was one of my favorite trilogies, so may review could be kind of biased. While I fully admit it, I’m not going to recuse myself from writing a review. Just go watch the damn thing and decide for yourself.

In the spirit of Civil War, I will rank all the current MCU movies in order to bait some arguments:

1-tie. Winter Soldier
1-tie. Civil War
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. The First Avenger
5. Iron Man
6. The Avengers
7. Ant-Man
8. Age of Ultron
9. Iron Man 2
10. The Dark World
11. Iron Man 3
12. Thor
13. The Incredible Hulk

Ant-Man: A Review

Ant-Man

Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
Budget: Estimated to be $130 million

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This movie is harder to review while avoiding spoilers, but I’ll do my best. Ant-Man has a tough job since the character is such an obscure hero and has the unfortunate position of following just months after Avengers: Age of Ultron. It really showed in their  approximately $57 million (US only) haul for opening weekend, making it to the lowest since The Incredible Hulk (2008) and by far the lowest in phase two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m sure people will be quick to chalk this up to audiences being superhero weary or some such crap, but here’s a CommBro Breaker right in the damn middle of the post (because that’s the spirit of a combo breaker):

Ant-Man was the highest grossing movie of the weekend. It was $8 million above the Minions movie and $17 million above Trainwreck. You can spin this whichever way you want with statistics.

NOW TIME TO ACTUALLY REVIEW THE MOVIE:

I’ll admit it, the beginning was kind of slow. The whole origin story deal had to be set up, so things took a while. Once it was, though, it was definitely worth it. This film was made to feel like a heist movie and employs an interesting narrative strategy with one of the characters. Unlike Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the tone was much lighter and humorous. Kind of like Guardians of the Galaxy. However, that made the corny father-daughter issue moments a little more of an uncomfortable fit…like if you showed up to class while joking with friends and find the teacher crying.

I cring evertim

I cring evertim

Anyway, it’s got a lot of what you expect: cameos, easter eggs, after credit scenes, quips, and action. You know, typical Marvel stuff. They utilize Ant-Man’s powers well for comedy and cool scenes. I would watch it again…but maybe after fast forwarding to the middle.