Monday, 31 October 2016
To say that this film is formulaic Marvel is a bit unfair...but it does tread along the tone & style of Marvel Studios' movies that came before. So much so that this movie is -like said Marvel films - a ton of fun. The visuals are striking & the action is cool. And they do not forsake character & plot. There really is nothing to criticise...
In a positive way, the visuals are striking. The visual effects team really did not hold back. I have to admit that there is a moment where too many things are in motion, and that got me out of focus for a bit. But most of the time...it is just a joy to behold. And all these brilliant visual effects plays out to enhance the action sequences. And the parts I like best is when the environment is made to shift/twist/bend - like when a corridor stretches, or the landscape turns sideways. Like I said...they do not hold back.
Now, in the spirit of Marvel, there really is a lot of humour accompanying this film. And the best thing of all - is that the humour usually comes from character or dialogue. It is the best kind of humour - one that feels natural & relatable. And which is why I can also add that this film does not forsake character & plot. The overall plot may feel a bit generic by now, but it works. And I like how they introduce us to the mystical side of the Marvel universe.
And like I mentioned above, there really is nothing to criticise about in this film. Even the drama is there when it needs to be. And while the music/score doesn't stand out, I enjoyed it and it works for the film. And even as the villain doesn't steal the show, I really enjoyed Mads Mikkelsen's charisma. And of course, Benedict Cumberbatch was excellent - and so was Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, and best of all, Tilda Swinton.
The movie does indeed tread along the tone & style of many Marvel films before, but what it also means is that it also is an excellent film & is a ton of fun to watch. A thoroughly entertaining blockbuster!
An easy recommended - especially if you enjoy the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.