30 October 2016

Doctor Strange, 2016 - ★★★★

It's so refreshing to see a film that doesn't feel formulaic especially one from Marvel. Having said that Doctor Strange is hardly original, it's heavily influenced by Inception, Nolan in general, The Matrix and the climax is inspired from one surprising source. However it all works together so well and that's why it feels refreshing. If there are problems then it's that the action scenes are too busy. I can't help feel that they would have been more effective if there was less going on but although perhaps these scenes will stand up to repeated viewing. I also though the opening sequence was unnecessary and would have preferred to build to the special effects showdown. All the twisty-wisty stuff does feel like a dumbed-down-over-the-top Inception it's the films "second chance" scene that's the real highlight. I don't think I've seen anything like this before and I'm sure it will be copied elsewhere in the same way that The Matrix's bullet time was.

October 30, 2016 at 08:49AM

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