Release date:February 28, 2017
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence)
Screenwriters:Joshua Oppenheimer, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Jon Spaihts
Starring:Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Scott Adkins, Amy Landecker, Benedict Wong
To start things off I have to say that this movie is visually stunning! The level of intricacy displayed in the magic symbols is breathtakingly gorgeous! I was very impressed with how the visual effects team was able to bend the reality of this world! I also enjoyed the use of practical sets, which were also amazing.
Now as far a the storyline goes I felt that it was good. It moved you along without making you feel rushed, although I think I would have liked just a little more development of Strange’s character and his interaction with the people around him.
The story from the beginning shows Strange to be definitely full of himself yet incredibly skilled at what he does! He is a world class neuro-surgeon who, due to a massive accident, loses the full use of his hands. This, of course, sends him into a deep spiral of depression which causes him to lash out at nearly all of his friends and colleagues and after he exhausts nearly all of his resources he ends up in Nepal where he, through persistence ends up winning the attention of “The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swanson. Now here is where I must express my disappointment with their casting choice. For me, I would have liked to have seen someone of a different ethnicity come in. It seemed a bit out of place, for me, to have Tilda in this role because she didn’t seem to fit the style of the film. That is not to say that her performance was off, in fact she presented a very calm and centered portrayal of this character while also bringing in a hint of vulnerability.
The story continues, showing Dr. Strange being trained in the mystical arts (which, of course, he picks up almost immediately) and then he is off to take on the main bad guy, who was introduced earlier and played by Mads Mikkelsen .
There is plenty of action and stimulation for your senses in this film, but there is a lovely gem as well in the form of humor. Benedict Cumberbatch gives a larger than life character a real humanity. He is funny, pained, desperate, awkward, and powerful.
In short, I would say that Marvel did a wonderful job of bringing this comic to the screen and I’m looking forward to seeing the crossovers.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.