By: Hawk Ripjaw –
I would say Marvel is getting out of control with the number of movies they release every year, but when they’re this consistently entertaining, I’ve got nothing to complain about. For every Age of Ultron, Marvel gives us three Iron Men. With Ant-Man and Civil War being two of my favorite Marvel movies, I’m more than pumped for Doctor Strange. In fact, I have so much faith in Doctor Strange, I’m going to do something I haven’t done in years: I’m going to drop the money on the 3D IMAX ticket. While at this point those tickets probably cost at least as much as a full-sized steak at a country club, you can’t have a movie about superpowered humans punching the shit out of each other in a reality-warping alternate dimension in which buildings bend like rubber around each other and NOT want to experience it in an extra dimension. Hell, you had me at Benedict Cumberbatch.
Yeah….you had me at Benedict Cumberbatch. I mean, it’s right there in his name.
Were it not for my moderate aversion to war movies, I’d be all over this, but regardless Hacksaw Ridge looks beautifully filmed and acted. Mel Gibson is a generally great director, even if he has said some inconsiderate things about and to other people (although I still don’t entirely get the love for Apocalypto), and this looks like a sharply acted, good-looking and gory as fuck war movie. Plus, Andrew Garfield is always great, even in Amazing Spider-Man 2. Shoot, there are three days in the weekend and only one other movie I want to see coming out, so maybe I should give it a shot.
I remember seeing the trailer ahead of Hell or High Water, and a guy a row ahead of me loudly yelling that “you’re fucking gay if you see that.” Thanks, dude. If that’s your standard for how to be gay, we need to swap some stories.
I’ll be the first to hop on the “If it’s not Pixar, then fuck it” bandwagon, but in a time when Cars 2 exists and this year’s The Little Prince reduced me to such a weeping mess I had to close my door so my roommates wouldn’t be able to see how emotional I could get, I’ve realized I need to broaden my horizons. Seriously, if you haven’t seen that movie, bust out the tissues and curse/bless Netflix for delivering the most emotion since Joaquin Phoenix’s computer broke up with him. I think we all wanted to doubt Trolls, given that it’s based on those silly little dolls with multicolored hair you can comb, and the only legitimately good movies we’ve had based on toys are the ones that literally have the word “Toy” in the title. All that being said, this oddly doesn’t look terrible. Sure, it doesn’t look good, but it definitely seems like some actual work was put into it, not to mention that catchy-ass tune Justin Timberlake threw together to help market the movie. And when do you not want to see a movie with Anna Kendrick, even if it is just her voice? On the other hand, the directors have the Shrek sequels (after the 2nd one) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked on their collective resumes, so expectations should be tempered.
Maybe it’ll be better with marijuana?