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Doctor Strange – A Fallen Feather Review

We know that Marvel has found a formulaic pattern to go with the releases of each of their films, but they seem to have stepped their game up with the introduction of the mystic arts into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Enter Doctor Strange.

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Benedict Cumberbatch absolutely NAILS the role of Dr.¬†Stephen Strange. I had always seen him as Tony Stark for the mystical side of Marvel’s vast universe, and that was pretty much confirmed with the way that Cumberbatch did his splendid American accent. The origin story for Doctor Strange was probably difficult to put into visual adaptation in less than two hours’ time, but I’m glad that #TeamMarvel did manage to do it. And they did it with finesse. In a world where the comic book universes continue to grow more and more, you’d expect these stories to become stale after a certain point in time. I’ve seen reviews where it begins, “In a world tired of comic book films…” Such is not the case when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, because each and every wheel is in motion when it comes to forwarding the story arc, and doing it well. Tilda Swinton, although not Asian made a wonderfully adept Ancient One, much to my, and apparently everyone else’s surprise. She fit almost seamlessly into the role, and while I feel for minute amount of representation in the Asian community, I think she did wonderfully for the time that she was given. Chiwetel Ejiofor will be a man you’re going to see a lot in the future, as his role as Mordo (and previously acclaimed role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave) is cementing his depth as an actor. More success to that man, that’s my wish. Benedict Wong as Wong was stellar as well. You almost forget how important supporting characters can be in a story, and Wong was completely changed from the original comic book character, but the change was for the better, as the director wanted to lay waste to the stereotypical, tea carrying manservant that Wong was initially created to be. The most unexpected surprise was that Dormammu (who Benedict Cumberbatch played himself) actually made a full-on appearance, Galactus style, in the film. While he is a major entity, his appearance (visually) was not all that great. He looked like a giant cosmic smog (or a smoky Groot for some reason) and that just kinda detracted away from the despair that the character is supposed to cause. On a lighter note, it was great to see Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, the Master of Mystic Arts that breaks away from the Ancient One. He may have been a minor character, but that man delivered in the best way to bring out Dormammu.

All in all, Doctor Strange did everything to the best of its ability, and it paid off for them in the end.

Also, did you see the cut scenes mid- and post-credits? If not, you really missed out on more ties to Infinity War (not going to spoil what they are, just in case). Is Doctor Strange worth watching? Hell yes. Would you potentially need an ibuprofen after all of the kaleidoscopic twists and turns through this episode in the MCCU? Depends on how often you experience vertigo, really, but the story? Great. The entire cast? Awesome. The tie-ins? Even freakin’ better. Just how will Doctor Strange fit into this bizarrely constructed universe? Stay tuned to find out.

9/10

Big ups to Smaug and the ability to shapeshift into any role he sees fit.

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The Search For the Golden Review

Now, my first book has been released for a month’s time. While it will remain available for purchase, I am looking for ten willing volunteers that would allow me to give them a copy of the book in Kindle’s format for reading and reviewing. While it’s been a bit difficult, I refuse to lose hope on this. I know there are some of you out there that enjoy reading new material and have opinions on said material, be they good or bad.

The novel itself is a Paranormal Coming of Age story, and is the beginning of a journey for several of the characters featured. The first individual focus is on Linx Spencer, and it shifts between he, Jacob Rose, Levin Danzig, and Jacques LaRoux.

If anyone is willing, please leave a comment below with your personal email address for contact, and I will gladly give you a copy of my book to read and review. This is only available for the first ten people to leave a comment on this post.

Sit Gaea docebit vos ad vertitatem.

Gotham Mid-Season Finale: Spoiler Alert!!!!

The mid-season finale of Gotham sees Bruce and Selina somehow survive having contracted killers come after them. Detective Gordon gets demoted for not walking the line of corruption in political Gotham. Bruce has a crush on Cat, and we get to see her help him navigate the undercity where the homeless children live. Of course, this is after they miraculously escape the hired assassins that are trying to kill them.
This… could have been written better. I mean sure, it’s definitely an alright story line, but I don’t think that Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne have THIS much history together. His first kiss? Seriously? Hardly. I’m hoping that they’re going to say that this is a re-imagining of the series, because there are a ton of holes in the plot line now. The one saving grace of this plot is Alfred Pennyworth. The man is a legitimate bad ass, and being former military really stands out in the way that he handles himself.
I still have some hope that this series is going to improve over time; considering it’s only the first season, it’s still going strong. Let’s see where this story is headed.