Doctor Strange: A Movie Review

doctor-strange-comic-con-posterA neurosurgeon who can solve the most difficult cases, Dr. Stephen Strange experiences tragedy when he is in a car accident that damages the nerves in his hands. With his ego challenged, Dr. Strange is determined to find a way to stop his hands from shaking so he can return to work. He travels to Kathmandu seeking to learn the art of healing through the mind, only to discover a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions being manipulated by a group bent on destroying the world in their search for immortality.

There wasn’t much lacking for Doctor Strange. It was on par with most Marvel origin stories: great acting and an interesting plot that moves a bit fast but not so fast that it is confusing or glosses over anything. What I thought made Doctor Strange rise above other Marvel movies was the special effects, which were far beyond what one would normally see in a Marvel film. The complexity of the special effects added to the film as a whole, and luckily did not look cheesy because, for me, that would have taken away from the movie instead of adding to it. One aspect with the acting that I found funny was that almost every time Benedict Cumberbatch spoke, his voice sounded exactly like Hugh Laurie’s in his role as House, which actually fit really well since the characters Dr. Strange and Dr. House are very similar.

So if you are a fan of the Marvel movies, don’t miss out on seeing Doctor Strange, especially for the tease at the end for the next Thor film.


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: A Movie Review

In the last installment of The Hobbit trilogy, Bilbo, Thorin, and the rest of the dwarves enter the Lonely Mountain and begin looking for the Arkenstone. When it can not be located, Thorin begins to believe he is being betrayed by the other dwarves and begins to mistrust them. The people of Laketown and Thranduil the Elvenking are also demanding to receive treasures that belong to them in the Lonely Mountain, but Thorin  would rather go to war than hand his treasures over. At the same time, a dark force is growing and heading their way to take the Lonely Mountain by force.

As a fan of The Hobbit, I wasn’t too crazy about the last installment. I was excited about it coming out and I heard that it was a really great movie… and then I saw it. And it was OK. I thought there were a bunch of parts that were kind of corny and silly. The fact that Smaug dies within the first five minutes in the movie made me wonder why they waited until this movie to have that occur. Maybe they were afraid people would forget what had happened? I’m not really sure.

The rest of the movie was mainly the battle (which makes sense given the title). But that’s two hours of fighting, which some people may find to be boring. Of course, there are other small scenes that occur in the middle of the battle that set up the story for The Lord of the Rings and I did enjoy the bit at the end where Thranduil tells Legolas to go find Strider.

However, I still feel like this Hobbit trilogy could have been easily kept down to two parts. The majority of the second film didn’t even happen in the book and I think if there wasn’t all that extra story line added it could have all been cut down. But, overall I still enjoyed it and am glad that it was made into a film. But now I feel like I should go re-read the book!

Star Trek Into Darkness: A Movie Review

After returning from a mission, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is faced with several challenges: first, his demotion and replacement of Spock (Zachary Quinto) onto another vessel, and then a man who is his own weapon: Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch).

A threat to the organization, Kirk makes it his priority to capture and deal with Khan, and in the process discovers that Khan isn’t the only problem he has to deal with.

Not really being a Star Trek fan, I was still interested in seeing this movie after I had the chance to watch the first 20 minutes at the midnight premiere of The Hobbit. I had also watched the first Star Trek remake in 2009, and enjoyed it so knew there was probably a slim chance I would hate it. The overall movie was very entertaining. The make up and visual effects were great, and the acting was phenomenal.

The only complaint I would have about it, which is really my own fault in a way, is that there were some parts that I didn’t quite understand. I wasn’t sure if it was because I’ve only ever seen a few episodes of the original Star Trek and Star Trek Next Generation, or if I should have rewatched the first movie over again. But I have heard that before seeing Star Trek Into Darkness, you should really watch The Wrath of Khan (1982) so you get the full story of who Khan is.

Grade: A