Doctor Strange (2016) – Stuff And That Guest Review

Way-hay! Milo from Stuff And That here again to intrude on Renate’s wicked blog! Seriously though, big thanks to her for letting scrawl here and, if per chance, you like my scribblings, I’ll link to Stuff And That below.

Released on the back-end of last year, Doctor Strange was definitely one of my most anticipated films, because it’s Marvel and Marvel are the best and they would never hurt me, at least not after The Amazing Spider Man 2 (the pain…). It’s also good to the see the studio revive some of their lesser-known characters to the big screen, with Ant-Man also serving as a good example of this the year previous. However, while I was expecting a standard superhero smash, I got something a lot more in Doctor Strange; the best effects I’ve ever seen in a film, ever.

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Indeed, while I was expecting a relatively clean, relatively pretty aesthetic, akin to films like Iron Man and Thor, what I got as I sat in the cinema was Inception on acid, with the trippiest, technically and visually astounding effects I’ve ever seen. While it’s showing of how technology continues to evolve and it’s becoming more and more common that films can look really good, it’s also testament to the minds behind the film’s creative direction, with many Marvel allumini, including Jim Barr, who worked on Inception (telling), to dream up some of the mad stuff in this flick, by far the film’s biggest highlight.

We also have a great ensemble cast in Benedict Cumberbatch (of Sherlock fame (the fandom is real (even if the series has died))), Tilda Swinton (Narnia), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) and Benedict Wong, from 15 Storeys High!! ERROOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL!!!
Cumberbatch, in particular, though his American accent is a bit wonky, carries the film, along with Swinton, in terms of entertaining characters to watch, with each actor/ress bringing a healthy element of comedy to their performance.

This comedy, like in many Marvel films, provides a good few chuckleworthy moments and is balanced out with a generous helping of action. The martial arts and fantasy-style action coupled with the psychedelic visuals helps Doctor Strange stand out among the Marvel pack as one of the most unique films in their catalogue, as well making me gaze in awe at the badassery on the screen.

Overall, Doctor Strange is top-class film, which isn’t surprising considering it’s a Marvel affair. However, the change-up in styles and the mind-altering visual effects on display allow it to stand out in the Marvel roster and also makes it one of most unique blockbusters of last year, if not one of the most entertaining.

My rating: 8.5/10

Once more a big thanks to Renate for letting me post here. If you somehow enjoyed my review, be sure to check out my resident hiding place Stuff And That, where me and a few others try our hands at reviewing old and new films, music, games and comic books — ah-wink-wink.

Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations

Milo.

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School of Rock (2003)

school-of-rock-51e271b769f7eSeptember 2003   Ι   1h 48min   Ι   Richard Linklater

Dewey is a rock fanatic who gets kicked out of his band for being too embarrassing. He pretends to be his roommate so he can become a substitute teacher for a high-class elementary private school. When he realizes how musically talented these kids are, he decides to include them in his new rock band. 

I feel like this is such a “Sunday afternoon movie”. You know when you’re really bored and don’t have anything to watch, then you put on this movie. I’m not going to lie though, this movie is very weird. The fact that a fancy private school would just hire someone like that beats me but this is after all a movie and they don’t have to be realistic. I think the movie was very fun for the most part and I really liked these kids. It definitely is a fun and interesting story, but I’m not that into rock which makes it a tad more boring for me.

I think Jack Black is an amazing and very funny actor but I have to say that I didn’t enjoy his character that much in School of Rock. He was very egocentric and his character did not develop much throughout the movie. It was definitely the children that made me enjoy this movie and make me laugh, and I really liked how they all had their special characteristics. The story itself was a bit odd but actually quite eventful. I also enjoyed the whole school environment. It was overall a pretty decent movie but I’m not sure if I would actually watch it again.

My rating: 5,8/10 🎸

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Harry, Ron & Hermione POP! Vinyls

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I went from having 2 Harry Potter POP!’s for ages to owning 8 in just a few weeks, and I still miss plenty of them. It’s hard to keep up when Funko produce so many. The problem is also that I want them all, but my wallet says no. The thing with Harry Potter is that there’s so many likable characters and even if it exists thousands of different Harry’s, I still want them all. I can’t believe that I actually don’t have the standard Harry Potter, shame on me.

I took the golden trio and went out to take some photos, just for fun. I absolutely love the Harry Potter sorting hat figure. It’s so cool and detailed. Definitely one of my favorite POP! vinyl in my collection. Ron and Hermione are from the first Harry Potter wave but they look adorable as well. So here are my photos!

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