Doctor Strange (2016)

For the uninitiated, like me, who don’t know about the marvel hero or the plot of the film, you are in for a great viewing experience. I resonated so much with its content and philosophy that I was swept away by its many dimensions (pun intended).

The film delves on various eastern philosophies, ours included, and speaks of them with an authority and subtlety which is truly fascinating. Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect for the title role, embodying the talent and ego which would warrant a transformation. He is supported wonderfully by Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who become his world of the Mystic Arts.

He encounters Mads Mikkelsen and Benedict Wong amongst others in that world, with differing agendas and protocols. What impressed me the most was how the sifted through they subject matter so effortlessly, weaving in good quality humour. The special effects are spectacular, sometimes you feel you are looking through a kaleidoscope lense. That’s when your feet leave the floor! How I wish I would have seen this in IMAX.

An entertaining, well written film, a slick direction by Scott Derrickson, crisp at under two hours with a deep message.

4/5

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Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2 (2013):

Judi Barrett’s book ‘Cloudy with a chance of meatballs’ should have been left as a single film. This sequel which takes the ‘weather food’ predicament a step further did not entertain.

The ‘foodimals’ are unique and interesting to watch, but the antagonist and his motive don’t work even on an animated level. Many scenes from the film remind you of ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Avatar’, but nothing saves the film.

This is a rich animated product which lacks the magic, awe and connection with the audience.

1.5/5