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DOCTOR STRANGE | Blu-Ray Review

This post was originally published on my other site, NewToComics.com, but has been moved back to fit in with my MCU review series – if you’re a fan of (or want to be a fan of) comic-books, check it out!

Doctor Strange is without a doubt one of my favourite Marvel Comics characters, with one of my favourite (if not the favourite) comic books being Doctor Strange: The Oath, which some parts of Marvel’s resident Sorcerer Supreme’s MCU debut were based on. Surprisingly, though, this isn’t the first time Doctor Strange has appeared in cinematic form. If you want to check out of a review of the 1978 Doctor Strange movie, I wrote one for VultureHound some months back.

Anyway, here’s another post from the NewToComics vault, repurposed for my Moungabio Movies Marvel Marathon (check out that alliteration – this was meant to be!), 2016’s Doctor Strange.

RELEASED: 24th October 2016
DIRECTED BY: Scott Derrickson
WRITTEN BY: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill & Jon Spaits
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige
STARRING: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen & Tilda Swinton

Doctor Strange follows arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) after an accident leaves him unable to continue his work. Broken and desperate, Strange travels to Kamar-Taj, where he becomes a disciple of the Ancient One (Swinton), Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. As Strange quickly becomes adept in the mystic arts, he is drawn into confrontation with a sect of rogue Sorcerers lead by Kaecilius (Mikkelsen), who seeks to merge the planet Earth with the Dark Dimension.

As the first true exploration of magic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange is a visually striking film, with a look quite unlike anything we’ve seen before in the superhero genre. From the Inception-like bending of reality to the various spells and energy weapons summoned by the sorcerers, the film really is a treat through the eyes. The now-famous scene of Strange being hurled through the multiverse is utterly spectacular, both for invoking the Doctor Strange mythos so poignantly and for being such a mind-bending romp.

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Posted by on April 2, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR | Blu-Ray Review

This post was originally published on my other site, NewToComics.com, but has been moved back to fit in with my MCU review series – if you’re a fan of (or want to be a fan of) comic-books, check it out!

Is this my new favourite film? It may just be.

RELEASED: 6th May 2016
DIRECTED BY: Anthony & Joe Russo
WRITTEN BY: Christopher Marcus & Stephen McFeely
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige
MUSIC BY: Henry Jackman
STARRING: Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Martin Freeman, Frank Grillo, Daniel Brühl and William Hurt

It’s been ten years since the MCU began with Iron Man. In those nine years, super-hero films have become a more common occurrence than ever before. Each film is released to varying success; for many, myself included, BvS was a low point, whilst other films, like The Avengers hit a high.

And then there’s Captain America: Civil War. By the time Civil War had been out for fifteen hours here in the United Kingdom, I’d already seen it twice. That alone should tell you where I stand on the film.

But here’s a little more detail anyway:

After the devastating battles of The Avengers, The Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron and the opening scenes of this very film, the governments of the world have had enough. The Sokovia Accords are passed; they decree that the Avengers must answer to the United Nations; they will be regulated, and can only go into action when the U.N. says so.

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Steve Rogers, obviously sceptical of government oversight after the events of The Winter Soldier, opposes the new law. Meanwhile, Tony Stark, who feels guilt over creating Ultron, backs it. Things are further complicated when Steve’s best friend, Bucky, is implicated in the death of King T’Chakka of Wakanda. Refusing to sign the Sokovia Accords, but desperate to prove his friends innocence, Steve must work outside the law to do what he thinks is right.

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Posted by on March 26, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER | DVD Review

Avengers Assemble may have been the movie that changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but now we’re moving on to the film that really shook things up; Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

RELEASED: April 4th 2014
DIRECTED BY: The Russo Brothers
WRITTEN BY: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige
STARRING: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell & Robert Redford

As I said up top, Avengers Assemble changed the Marvel Universe and the landscape of cinema forever. However, it was Captain America: The Winter Soldier that really shook things up. First up, it took one of what was considered to be the less interesting Avengers, Captain America, and made him awesome. Second, it changed the dynamics of the way the fictional world saw and interacted with their heroes. Third, and most importantly, it really dove into its own unique genre, laying the groundwork for later films to go off and explore different branches of superhero storytelling. Sure, Iron Man was a techno-thriller, The Incredible Hulk a monster movie and Thor a cosmic fantasy, but at the end of the day, they were all still superhero films to some extent. Conversely, The Winter Soldier is a full-on action thriller that just so happens to feature a costumed hero as one of the central players.

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Posted by on February 26, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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THOR: THE DARK WORLD | DVD Review

I seem to have misplaced my copy of Iron Man 3, presumably when I moved house, so for now, we’re just going to skip straight ahead to the second film in the Thor franchise, The Dark World.

RELEASED: November 8th 2013
DIRECTED BY: Alan Taylor
WRITTEN BY: Don Payne, Robert Rodat, Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige
STARRING: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Zachary Levi, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje & Christopher Eccleston

After his adventure with the Avengers, Thor Odinson returns to Earth, when his love, Jane Foster, is endangered by a primordial force known as the Aether. Bringing her to Asgard, Jane finds herself confronted with the pantheon of Gods Thor calls family. However, Jane’s discovery has also awakened a threat long thought dead; that of the Dark Elves and their leader, Malekith. With the whole of reality at stake, Thor and Jane must seek the aid of Loki, the villain responsible for endangering planet Earth.

After Kenneth Branagh did a magnificent job with Thor, the reigns of the franchise were passed over to Game of Thrones‘ Alan Taylor, and as you can imagine, the series took a more dark and violent turn. In that turn, a lot of the heart and comic-book-y tone was lost, and as a result, the film seems not only directionless but also as if it’s made by people who don’t really understand the characters.

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Posted by on February 19, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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AVENGERS ASSEMBLE | DVD Review

We’ve reached the end of ‘Phase One’ in our Marvel Movie marathon, with the film that changed the game forever in terms of superhero movies, and finally saw, as the title will tell you, the Avengers Assemble.

RELEASED: 4th May 2012
DIRECTED BY: Joss Whedon
WRITTEN BY: Zak Penn & Joss Whedon
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige
MUSIC BY: Alan Silvestri
STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg & Samuel L. Jackson

While we all look back on Avengers Assemble (or just The Avengers if you’re outside of Britain) fondly, the truth is, the film does have some flaws. It’s got a bit of awkward pacing at times, especially during the central act, and sometimes certain characters, dialogue or props seem to be there just to force the plot along, rather than naturally fitting in to the story.

However, much of that can be forgiven due to the extraordinary feat the film pulled off in, well, assembling the Avengers.

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Posted by on February 5, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER | DVD Review

RELEASED: July 22nd 2011
DIRECTED BY: Joe Johnston
WRITTEN BY: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige
MUSIC BY: Alan Silvestri
STARRING: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci & Hugo Weaving

Although this film garnered good reviews at release, as of late, it has become severly underrated. When people talk about the best Marvel movies, things like Iron ManThe Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are thrown about, but truth is, for the most part, Captain America: The First Avenger is also a pretty great film.

The story follows Steven Rogers, a young man from Brooklyn desperate to do his bit for the war effort, but constantly rejected due to his weak, fragile form. Picked as a candidate for the SSR’s Super-Soldier Program, Rogers is transformed into Captain America. But even with his new empowered body, Rogers is still doubted by her peers and sets out by himself to prove why he has what it takes to be the world’s greatest hero and bring down his Nazi (/Hydra) antithesis, the Red Skull.

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Posted by on January 29, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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THOR | DVD Review

RELEASED: May 6th 2011
DIRECTED BY: Kenneth Branagh
WRITTEN BY: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne, Mark Protosevich & J. Michael Straczynski
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige
MUSIC BY: Patrick Doyle
STARRING: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Josh Dallas, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Colm Feore & Anthony Hopkins

With The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man under their belt, Marvel finally stepped away from, essentially, playing it safe, with Thor, forming a larger Marvel Universe that had a solid origin story, introduced extra Avengers and successfully pushed forward their Cinematic Universe in a way that Iron Man 2 rather messily tried to do.

The story follows Thor Odinson, Prince of Asgard, as he prepares to become King. However, his arrogance and battle-hungry nature put the Asgardians’ Realm in danger, and as a result, his father, the all-powerful Odin, banishes Thor to Earth to learn humility. Meanwhile, Thor’s treacherous brother Loki makes plans to take the throne for himself.

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Posted by on January 22, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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