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.
Story telling is at its best by director Tom McCarthy in this evenly paced yet riveting film. An ensemble cast it may be, but you feel as if you are observing a real life story unfold in the office of the Boston Globe.
The era is recreated appropriately, for people who knew Boston and how it looked at the time, you feel transported back through the years. The way research was done, the mention of the World Wide Web, is proof how soon the world has progressed to its current state.
Performances are stable and dependable, whilst covering every aspect of a very sensitive and horrific reality. We see the sides of the survivor, the people fighting for them, those who want to keep it quiet, the people who support through silence and the perpetrators. Though humanity is very adept at closing its eyes and ignoring something wrong, this film awakens the sense of responsibility we all have towards justice.
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci are superb in their various roles, amongst many others who play their parts with sincerity and strength. They have altered their body language and communicate nuances which don’t scream for attention, but demand it, purely through their simplicity.
The lesson out of it is very clear: TRUTH WILL OUT, Always. Watch to see a reality that is still happening everywhere. A subtle slap in the face.