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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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

sherlock-holmes-80-1200-1200-675-675-crop-000000December 2009   Ι   2h 8min   Ι  Guy Ritchie

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are investigating how Lord Henry Blackwood went from being hanged to walking among them again. His rebirth is a mystery to them all and now Blackwood is trying to gain power, something the legendary Sherlock Holmes has to prevent from happening. 

I actually didn’t know that this film took place in 1890. I thought it would be like the tv-show Sherlock, which takes place in the 21st century. It was actually quite an interesting surprise but I have to say that I prefer the 21st century Sherlock because the technology is so amazing in it. It was however cool to see a Sherlock Holmes in his true century. When it comes to the movie though, I have to say that I wasn’t very impressed. The story never really caught my attention and the plot became a bit unclear at some points. Something they got perfectly right though was explaining all the mysteries in detail and seeing Sherlock Holmes in progress, explaining everything, is marvelous.

I’m a big big fan of Robert Downey Jr. and I think he was great as Sherlock. Now, having experienced Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, I can honestly say that there is no one like him and I don’t think anyone will be able to beat Benedict (because that man is absolutely brilliant). I’m glad it didn’t bother me while watching the movie though, because I could definitely see Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes too. I think Jude Law did a great presentation of John Watson as well. The villain was unfortunately pretty weird and uninteresting for me. I also think we got to see too little of him. Ah almost forgot Rachel McAdams, but her character Irene Adler was not that much in focus, just a bit of a distraction for Sherlock. It was more like her character was there to make us interested in and prepare us for the second movie (which I haven’t seen). So overall I have to say that I wasn’t very impressed with the movie, which is a shame since I love the tv-show Sherlock. I did however really like Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and the movie had its enjoyable moments.

My rating: 5,5/10 🕵️‍♂️

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Arrival (2016)

arrival-final-trailer-and-new-poster-arrivalSeptember 2016   Ι   1h 56min   Ι   Denis Villeneuve

Louise Banks is an expert in language and when twelve spacecrafts appears all around the world, the U.S. Army asks Louise and the physicist Ian Donnelly to find out their purpose on earth. They both tries to learn the aliens language, as well as teaching them English. Throughout the movie we also get to see memories of Louise and her life with her daughter. 

Okay prepare yourself for what I’m about to say next. I did not enjoy this movie that much. I can feel how all the people who gave this one an 8 on IMDb are shaking their heads in disapproval. I just feel like the movie was quite uneventful and I had a very hard time focusing on the screen because the story was a tad tedious. Nothing really happened in the first 30 minutes of the movie. Maybe I had anticipated that there would be more action than it actually was. To me, everything went very slow and the characters didn’t have any personalities, they were all quite boring. The only character that was special was Louise Banks, played by Amy Adams. I really liked how she believed that the solution to peace and understanding the aliens was communication.

I have to say that the graphics in Arrival were absolutely amazing. It’s always interesting to see how the aliens will turn out, since we only can use our imagination, and these aliens were pretty cool. I also liked how they communicated, very creative. Despite the movie being a bit uneventful, I still enjoyed the whole “solve the alien mystery” thing. I’m still having a bit of a difficulty with seeing their purpose but I think this movie took a unique turn and the aliens did fascinate me. Overall it’s a decent movie and I like that it’s not really something you’ve seen before. Amy Adams is also one of my favorite actresses and she does a great job in this movie. Jeremy Renner is not the main star but he also does a good job. Very interesting movie indeed.

My rating: 6/10 👽

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Adventureland (2009)

Tepg.se screenshotJanuary 2009   Ι   1h 47min   Ι   Greg Mottola

If James wants to attend Columbia University he has to get a summer job, and with very little experience, the only place willing to hire James is an amusement park called Adventureland. He meets all sorts of different people but there is one special girl that James can’t stop thinking about. 

Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Ryan Reynolds in the same movie!? What an interesting mix. It does feel a little like a low-budget movie so I decided to look up where the three of them were in their careers. So it was before The Social Network and Now You See Me for Jesse Eisenberg, after the first Twilight movie for Kristen Stewart and after Definitely, Maybe but before Green Lantern for Ryan Reynolds. I just thought it would be interesting to know since they are all very famous actors today. I have to say that they were all really good back in 2009 as well. Even if Jesse Eisenberg’s character was rather “normal”, he still managed to put a unique touch to James which made the movie a bit more interesting. Kristen Stewart and Ryan Reynolds characters were not as much in focus but I still found them interesting and enjoyable.

The whole story was very predictable and you could basically guess everything that would happen right from the start. That didn’t bother me though, I still found the movie eventful and enjoyable. Oh you know what, this movie just reminded me of The Way Way Back. I do actually love those water park/amusement park/carnival movies, the environment is just so fun. The environment in this movie was fun but not über great. I liked it, but it was actually a bit dull (the amusement park looked very shabby). I wouldn’t say the main focus was on the amusement park though, but more on the people and going through life as a young adult. Adventureland wasn’t that relatable for me per say but it was still fun watching a movie about people in my age. I do think it’s a movie worth watching at least once, do it for the cast.

My rating: 6,4/10 🎡

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

ferris-buellers-day-off-movie-poster-1020189567June 1986   Ι   1h 43min   Ι   John Hughes

Ferris Bueller is a High School student who decides to skip school. The principal Ed Rooney suspects that Ferris is faking and goes to extreme measures to bust him. Meanwhile Ferris, his best friend Cameron and his girlfriend Sloane does all kinds of cool and crazy things. They are living life, as long as they don’t get caught. 

This is a rather weird and unique movie, and it’s freaking great. Ferris talks about life being short and that we should seize the day, and I think that’s a good message because I often tend to forget that. I don’t think I can take it to Ferris level though, because that kid is insane and incredibly clever. Matthew Broderick did a fantastic job with presenting a unique and fun character and he really was the star of the show. The character Cameron was however not as fun and exciting but more dull and weird. He had his reasons for being dull but the weirdness was a bit too much for me. Ferris girlfriend Sloane was not that much in focus but she was pretty cool.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was very enjoyable and had plenty of different scenes, that still tied together, which made the movie really eventful. I also liked how the students at the High School actually looked like real students. These days I feel like the High School students that are presented in various tv-shows and movies looks like models. I don’t remember that my school had a bunch of people walking around like they were ready for a fashion show. It really made this movie feel more realistic. One thing that was very weird however was the principle Ed. His character was definitely over the top. It’s almost like John Hughes must to have a crazy and weird character. He had his funny moments though. So this is just a really chill movie to watch and I would definitely recommend you to watch it if you haven’t. It’s really funny!

My rating: 7/10 👦🏻

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