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Passengers (2016) – 5.5/10


A couple of weeks ago, I saw ‘Passengers’, the new sci-fi film directed by Morten Tyldum, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. I had reservations about this film, as I was worried that it was going to be exactly what the advert showed (a couple lost in space, having accidentally woken from hibernation pods before they were supposed to, on an unmanned malfunctioning spacecraft in the middle of space). Luckily, there was more to the film than just this.

As briefly mentioned above, ‘Passengers’ begins with Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) accidentally waking up 90 years before he is supposed to. Jim is a technician by trade, and discovers that his hibernation pod (which was supposed to have put him into a deep sleep until he arrived on a new planet) has malfunctioned, and so has to figure out what went wrong. Before long, another passenger awakes, a journalist called Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), and a multitude of strange things start to occur on the ship as these 2 strangers start to learn to live together.

For me, this film was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Firstly, I love the cinematography of this movie. Recently, I have started warming to sci-fi as a genre in general. I am not sure whether it is because film technology (special effects and CGI) is so much more advanced now that space scenes can be made to look seamlessly good, or whether it is because I am finally watching big blockbusters like this on the big screen, where they are intended to be seen (or possibly it is a combination of both things).

Secondly, the fantastic special effects are beautifully showcased by the sleek set and stunning architectural design of the spacecraft itself. For example, there are massive windows within the ship, specifically created to view the spectacle and vastness of space, which (along with scenes of the couples out in space in their spacesuits) symbolise the immensity of space in comparison to humanity. If I was a passenger on this spacecraft, I would be very impressed with its grandeur.

Finally, in the same way that the sets enhanced the special effects, the accompanying music of this film meshed both these cinematic components flawlessly. This was composed by Thomas Newman (who has worked on films like ‘WALL.E’ (2008), ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ (1994), and ‘Skyfall’ (2012)), and complemented the variety of emotions that the film exuded at appropriate points (whether that being expressing the sheer vastness of space, the frustration of isolation, the intimacy of human contact, or the raw passion of human survival).

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the film, and thought it had so much potential! Sadly, this was let down by the second half of the film, which was extremely lame. I was going to give this a 7 out of 10, but developments in the latter part of the film made me reconsider, and left me to rate this film with a merge 5.5/10.

For me, the ending of a film can make or break it, and the end of this film broke it. Firstly, as this is a film about re-colonisation in space, the idea of American Manifest Destiny (the 19th Century idea that America had the right of Westward) is addressed. Now obviously it has to be addressed at some point (because the whole concept of the film is about humans settling on a second planet in the universe millions of light years away from Earth). However, the manner in which it was addressed was extremely sickly. It glorified the fantasy of the original American Dream (the idea that equality of opportunity is available to anyone in space) in a nonsensical way. The script extremely weak at this point – it was unbelievably idealistic, unrealistic and arrogant of expansion into the unknown. This fantasy dominated the second half of the film, turning it away from something that would have been great (which I will get onto below).

Secondly, I did not like the idea that such a rigid class system would still exist (with Aurora Lane as the journalist being upper class, and Jim Preston, a technician, being lower class). The portrayal of this just reminded me of a Titanic of the skies (with its different classes segregated to different sections of the ship), and did not sit comfortably with me. I am aware that a class type system will always exist (certain people will always be better off than others). However, it could have been addressed in a better manner…

Finally, I did not like the love aspect of the film. I do not want to give too much away, but the ending of the film is diluted (and in my eyes spoilt) by this… Essentially, the ending felt rushed, and it detracted from all the brilliant aspects of the first half of the film, in which Chris Pratt gave a fantastic performance. His portrayal of a lone man losing the sanity that social conventions and interactions instil into a civilised human-being was so believable, and showed his vulnerability in a touching way. My favourite scene of the film, in fact, was a scene where Pratt lets himself go as he begins to lose his sanity from having to live by himself for so long. I saw the video of how this look was produced, and it was pretty amazing what the art/make-up department did. Ultimately, ‘Passengers’ was a mixture of this unstable isolated psyche examined in ‘Castaway’ (2000), the re-colonisation aspect of ‘WALL.E’ (2008) and the loneliness of ‘Moon’ (2009) thrown into one – all of which I adored. Then it became about survival, and then love (which ensured its demise)…

These three points countered the three factors I loved about the film (the special effects, the sets and the soundtrack), and undermined them. I do not want to give too much away, but overall, there was good character development and more of a plot than I expected, but when Jennifer Lawrence entered the picture, it got real shit real fast. Now I am not saying that Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was not good (it was), but as soon as she came into the film, it became a wish-washy, predictable film.

Ultimately, this film started strong and then floundered. It had a lot of ideas and ended up running away with it self. It should have ended 20 minutes before it did, and if it had, it would have been a great film with cheesy Americanised elements, but something different and great. Chris Pratt was extremely good at certain points in the film, but these efforts were eclipsed by the uselessness of the final aspects of the film. Initially l liked the romance scenes between Pratt and Lawrence’s characters, but as soon as the plot altered track, I became annoyed and disillusioned by it. Overall, I think the reason I was so upset with this film was because I went in expecting little, began to really like it, then became disgruntled as it became frustratingly predictable and twee, rather than punchy.




My Favourite Films of the Year

Last year was been shit. In fact it was dog shit.

However, there were some absolute bangers released (both in terms of film and music). These are my favourite 10 films of 2016 (listed in no particular order/of the films I have seen – there are so many left on my ‘to watch’ list that I am sure are amazing too).

  1. Deadpooldeadpool.jpgDirected by:
    Tim Miller

    Written by:
    Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

    – Ryan Reynolds
    – Morena Baccarin
    – Ed Skrein
    – Stefan Kapicic
    – Brianna Hildebrand
    – Karan Soni

    Romantic comedy/Sci-Fi/Superhero movie

    Wade (Ryan Reynolds) creates the alter-ego Deadpool after being subjected to a rogue experiment (which he turns to after discovering he has incurable cancer) that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge for being disfigured.

    Why I loved it:
    This film is hilarious. It has a dry, quick script which is cutting. It’s a film that takes the mick out of its own genre, and is not afraid to subvert it at the same time. It’s a mixture of the humour of ‘Ant Man’ (2015) combined with the comic book style narratives of ‘Zombieland’ (2009) and ‘Kick-Ass’ (2010) (but less naivety and more sass). Even if (like me) you’re not totally convinced by superhero films as a genre, you’ll love this one.

  2. Green Room
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    Written and Directed by:
    Jeremy Saulnier

    – Anton Yelchin
    – Joe Cole
    – Alia Shawkat
    – Callum Turner
    – David W. Thompson
    – Mark Webber
    – Patrick Stewart


    A band on tour play an off-road gig in a secluded part of the American Pacific Northwest, and accidentally witness a horrific violent act. Consequently, they unintentionally become the targets of a terrifying gang of skinheads (who own the bar they have played in), and so have to try and escape as the skinheads attempt to cover all evidence of the crime.

    Why I loved it:
    I went into the cinema expecting this film to be a tongue-in-cheek, black comedy movie about a band trying to escape a room they become trapped in after witnessing something they should not have. I was pleasantly (or shockingly) surprised to find out that this was in fact a fully fledge horror film about neo-Nazis, and was fully gripped/horrified in equal measures. There is an excellent balance of music, gore and suspense. It was not what I was expecting, and had a resounding impact on me. I loved the style/way it was filmed, and the acting is great. If you like dark, subtle horrors you’ll like this.


  3. The Witch
    Written and Directed by:
    Robert Egger

    – Anya Taylor-Joy
    – Ralph Ineson
    – Kate Dickie
    – Harvey Scrimshaw


    Set in New England in the 1630s, a family lead a devout Christian life on the edge of a community they have been banished from. One day, their baby disappears from under the eyes of their eldest child, which their younger children blame on the ‘Witch’ that lives in the woods.

    Why I loved it:
    I am a Northerner, so first and foremost, I loved the broad English Northern accents of all the actors. I also love this period of American history, especially the suspicion aroused by devout Christians suspecting that the unusual women of society are all witches. In turn, I liked how the film captured the traditional themes of witchcraft in a subtle, natural way (like the act of becoming possessed). If you like old-school horrors, you’ll love this.

  4. Nocturnal Animals
    Written and Directed by:
    Tom Ford

    Amy Adams
    – Jake Gyllenhaal
    – Michael Shannon
    – Aaron Taylor-Johnson
    – Isla Fisher
    – Ellie Bamber
    – Arnie Hammer


    The Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal) writes a novel about his ex wife Susan Morrow (Amy Adam) and dedicates this to her, despite not having spoken to her in years. The name of the book is ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (named after her), and as she reads this ‘devastatingly beautiful’ piece, she sees parallels of her life within the book, through dark and thrilling action.

    Why I loved it:
    I know I said I would not rate these film in any order, but I have to say that this was my favourite film of the year. This is because this film had the most impact on me. The plot is so simple yet so gripping. The cinematography, script and acting are flawless. I left the cinema feeling ill at ease in the best way. If you want a film that will entice and make you leave the cinema feeling a little introspective, then watch this!

  5. My Scientology Movie
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    Written and Directed by:
    John Dower

    – Louis Theroux
    – Rob Alter
    – Tom Cruise
    – Paz de la Huerta
    – Tom De Vocht


    This is a documentary about Scientology (a 1950s religion founded by sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard shrouded in mystery and controversy). The investigative journalist Louis Theroux follows Mark Rathburn (a former senior church official), as well as other ex-members, and recreates scenes that these past members have personally experienced. They are unable to gain access to the ‘Churches’ facilities, and so have to recreate these scenes in a studio with hired actors.

    Why I loved it:
    I love Louis Theroux, so am probably a little biased with regards to recommending this. I think he is so engaging, and speaks on a level that anyone and everyone can connect with. Similarly, this topic is fascinating, and highlights (like most American subcultures) all the hypocrisies of this weirdly eccentric scientific based religion. I went to a Q&A session of this, and was blown away by how engaging Louis Theroux is. I know how long it takes to make a good documentary, so although the idea of Scientology has been done (and some may view this as outdated and tired), this was definitely worth the wait. It was eye opening, fascinating, and made me want to learn more about Scientology (and religion/cults in general).

  6. 10 Cloverfield Lane
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    Directed by:

    Dan Trachtenberg

    Written by:
    Josh Campbell, Matthew Steucken and Damien Chazelle
    John Goodman
    – Mary Elizabeth Winstead
    – John Gallagher Jr.


    Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has an accident when another car hits hers (when she’s distracted from witnessing something flying through the sky), and wakes up locked in a room. She discovers that this is an underground bunker habited by 2 other men. She has to figure out what has happened and / or escape from the unintentional trap she has got herself caught in.

    Why I loved it:
    It just was not what I was expecting. When I read about this sequel to ‘Cloverfield’ (2008), I thought it was going to be just that – a sequel. I thought it was going to be filmed in exactly the same way (with the same handheld style footage), in the same way (an alien invasion where the characters of the movie are trying to escape impending death), and full of actors I only half recognised. Consequently, I was happily surprised that none of this rang true. I loved the original, but am glad that they did not just replicate this, and instead produced something that was different from your run-of -the-mill alien invasion films/was grilling and had a great cast and soundtrack. This was a happy surprise. A lot is captured in this film despite its small setting and sparse cast – very entertaining and one of my favourite films of the year.

  7. A Bigger Splash
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    Directed by:
    Luca Guadagino

    Written by:
    David Kaiganich and Alain Page

    – Tilda Swindon
    – Matthias Schoenaerts
    – Ralph Fiennes
    – Dakota Johnson

    Paul De Smedt (Matthias Schoenaerts), an ex drug addicted actor, and Marianne Lane (Tilda Swindon), a singer recovering from a throat operation, take refuge in France. They bump into the Marianne’s old boyfriend (Ralph Fiennes), and so end up putting him and his young, volatile ‘daughter'(Dakota Johnson) up for the weekend. Things turn a rye as tensions (both psychological and sexual) build as the four have to deal with living together.

    Why I loved this:
    I liked the way it was filmed. I was not 100% sure what the film was about before watching it, and could not entirely predict what was going to happen. I liked the style of the film (the setting, costumes, behaviour), as well as the cast. I like the soundtrack, and it just reminded me of a cool 60s film with edge. Both Tilda Swindon and Ralph Fiennes were great (and Matthias Schoenaerts is just so handsome and cool) – another winning film in my eyes. This is based on the film ‘La Piscine’ (1969), which I definitely want to watch.


  8. Hail, Caesar!
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    Written and Directed by:
    Joel and Ethan Coen

    – Josh Brolin
    – George Clooney
    – Alden Ehrenreich
    – Ralph Fiennes
    – Scarlett Johansson
    – Tilda Swindon
    – Channing Tatum
    – Jonah Hill

    Black comedy

    Set in the 1950s, this film focuses on the Communist writers strike in America in a comical, ironic way. Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), a famous actor, is kidnapped by the writers guild, and is held for ransom.

    Why I loved this:
    It was made by the Coen Brothers. The storyline was very slow, and little to nothing happened (except for the above mentioned synopsis). However, not much has to happen in a Coen Brothers’ film for it to be a success. The manner in which they tell stories is just brilliant. They are always composed of grand schemes undermined by the flawed characters that create them. I like this era (1950s McCarthyism, with American film studios at their classiest, sprinkled with a smidge of Communist fear), and it is just captured so well – the unjust contrasts of the era (that arguably still persist today) perfectly captured in this piece.

  9. Finding Dory
    Directed by:
    Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane

    Written by:
    Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane, Victoria Strouse and Bob Peterson

    – Ellen DeGeneres
    – Albert Brooks
    – Ed O’Neill
    – Kaitlin Olson
    – Hayden Rolence
    – Ty Burell
    – Diane Keaton
    – Idris Elba
    – Bill Hader
    – Sigourney Weaver

    Comedy/Animation/Adventure film

    A forgetful fish named Dory ( tries to find her real family with the help of 2 other fish, but sadly loses her way.

    Why I loved this:
    This is the second sequel mentioned in this list and, like the first, I was expecting this to be a complete replication of the first film (‘Finding Nemo’ (2003)). However, I was pleasantly surprised that this, again, was not the case. I was terrified that Pixar could not create another film that would hold up to the original, so really did not want them to make this – but am happy that they did. There were obvious parallels between each of these the film (as the original cast are featured/the story is pretty much a continuation of the first), but with a strong cast of new characters, fantastic humour (suitable for all ages), and interesting storyline, this film comes into its own. It was cute and Pixar has definitely done it again – another fantastic animation!

  10. Bridget Jones’ Baby
    Directed by:
    Sharon Maguire

    Written by:
    Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson
    – Renee Zellweger
    – Gemma Jones
    – Jim Broadbent
    – Sally Philips
    – Shirley Henderson
    – Colin Firth
    – Patrick Dempsey


    Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) has a baby, but is unsure who the father of her baby is. There is a 50/50 chance that it is either her ex (Colin Firth) or a one night stand (Patrick Dempsey), and so she has to tackle the situation and deal with the fall out of this.

    Why I loved this:
    I love chick flicks (when they are good), and this one is fantastic. I liked the first film, but was not balled away by the second, so did not know what to expect. I ended up falling in love with this. I could (and have to many people) poke holes in the plot of this film, but in spite of all this, thought it was cute and a great way to reintroduce this character (created by the author Helen Fielding). I liked all the actors involved (even Colin Firth – who I find annoying in anything other than ‘Love Actually’ (2003)). I have put this in my top 10 as I find it hard to find a good chick flick, but when I do, I can watch them over and over again. I have already watched this 4 times, and it has not even been out for a year yet….It’s a goofy, classic.


‘Elf’ (2003) – 9/10

I rewatched Elf the other day, so decided to review this as I have not had chance to watch many new films (I broke my laptop and am too busy to go to the cinema – you’ve got to love the holidays).

I want to start off by saying that this is not just my favourite Christmas film, it is my favourite film period!! So I might be biased with my review (so take heed)!

‘Elf’ (2003) is a film about a baby, living in an orphanage, who accidentally gets taken to the North Pole by Santa Claus when he slips into Santa’s bag trying to attain a Christmas present. Consequently, an elderly elf adopts the baby, names him Buddy (Will Ferrell) and takes care of him as if he is his own. Buddy grows up believing he is an elf, but one day overhears a couple of elfs saying that Buddy is in fact a human (which explains his drastic difference in size to them, as well as his perceived clumsiness), and so decides to travel to New York in order to find his biological father, a business man named Walter Hobbs (James Cann).

The reason I like this film so much is because it has every factor I like/hope to see in a film. Firstly, it is a Christmas film. For some reason, I love Christmas films. I do not necessarily love Christmas the day itself, but rather I love the build up and anticipation of it. I love the ‘magic’ of Christmas that is captured in Christmas songs and movies. The excitement, the nostalgia and the ‘spirit’ that these films and songs somehow magically capture is just beautiful/evokes emotions in me that make me love this time of year. ‘Elf’ nails this. It obviously features Santa (Edward Anser), a toy store  (Gimbels), features a singing duet (between Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel), and stars an Elf (Will Ferell) – but it also features a Christmas message (‘the best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear’), and of course spreads the importance of family.

Secondly, I think the plot is genius. It’s a simple story, but is told from the perspective of a story within a story. The film is narrated by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart), who recounts Buddy’s story up until present day. I won’t give much away about this (for those who have not seen the film), but it is very cute how the plot is tied up. It is simple yet effective (and not too cheesy).

Thirdly, I like the animation in this film. The film mainly relies on forced perspective (to make it look like Will Ferrell is massive in comprison to the ‘elves’ he works with in the North Pole), but it also has stop motion, which works perfectly. The dynamic between real life and this style of animation works really well (which is mainly down to the sets used/the entire mis-en-scene of the film). The emergence of actors with animation is seemless.

Finally, the cast is strong, as is the directing, editing and script – which makes ‘Elf’ such a stand-out film for me. This film has some of my favourite actors involved, and they are all hilarous. I love Will Ferrell. Everything I have seen him in  (apart from maybe ‘Bewitched’ (2005)) has been excellent. I really like comedy films, and his style of humour – this dry/slapstick style – is right up my street. I also like Zooey Deschanel (who plays a similar cute role in films like ‘Yes Man’ (2008) and ‘500 Days of Summer’ (2009)),  James Cann (who played Sonny in ‘The Godfather’ trilogy), Peter Dinklage (who plays just as a commanding role as when he plays Tyrion in ‘Game of Thrones’), Mary Steenburgen (who features alongside her husband Ted Danson in one of my favourite American sitcoms ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’), and Jon Favreau (who also directs this) – to name but a few… All these actors execute the script brilliantly (which is written by David Berenbaum, and full of sublime one-liners), which is set against a feel-good score (composed by John Debney), that neatly ties up all the great aspects of this movie.

This is my favourite film. I can watch it repeatedly anytime of year. It is my favourite genre of film (a Christmas rom-com), has my favourite style of humour (a ridiculous hybrid on slap-stick) and is edited together brilliantly. The cast is strong, and the sets, animation and overall cinematography makes this film timeless/it has fared well!! I think it’s one of the best ‘modern’ Christmas films. I once did not get a job at a cinema for saying this was my favourite film (as most people there named art-house/blockbuster films as theirs) – but maintain that this is still my favourite. It’s so simple yet well crafted. I read somewhere that Will Ferrell turned down $29million to do a sequel , and rightly so. This is timeless and should be kept as it is! A must see, family feel-good Christmas film starring Will Ferrell dressed as an Elf – what more could you ask for?

‘Gold’ – Trailer Review



Release date:
25th December 2016 (limited release)

Directed by:
Stephen Gaghan

Patrick Massett and John Ziman


– Matthew McConaughey
– Bryce Dallas Howard
– Toby Kebbell
– Edgar Ramírez
– Rachel Taylor

Set in the 1980s,  ‘Gold’ is about Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) and Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramírez) travelling to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold – and the trials and tribulations that come with this seeming success.

I Googled the UK release date, and the search engine’s response was ‘limited release’, and I think this is for a reason. I initially saw an Instagram post about this film, and so Googled it to see what it was all about (as I like following Matthew McConaughey’s career) – but instead of finding this film, I accidentally stumbled across a the single ‘Gold’ by Kiiara, which is fantastic!

This film, however, looks generic. From a distance, this film looks like it will be a mixture between ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (2013) (a film also set in the 1980s about the US stock-market),’The Big Short’ (2015) (about America’s mortgage situation before the 2008 recession), and ‘Fools Gold’ (2008) (an adventure film about a couple of married treasure hunters). The former are 2 great films about the highs and lows of economic systems in America, the latter is just shit – and ‘Gold’, to me, looks like it will be a mixture of all 3 films.  I am going to watch it if it comes to a cinema near me (which I doubt it will), but I probably won’t like it/definitely would not pay to see it. It’s sad because I thought Matthew McConaughey was coming into his own in terms of acting in the past few years… but it looks like a similar role to his previous characters (like that in ‘Fools Gold’). I hope I am wrong….

‘Doctor Strange’ (2016) – 6/10


I will start this post off by saying that I am not a massive superhero fan. My favourite superhero movies include films like; ‘Ant-Man’ (2015) and ‘Deadpool’ (2016) (because of their humour), some of the ‘X-Men’ films (because I like the idea of mutants), and of course Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008) (because of its gangster element). I tried to like ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (2014), but sadly I just don’t… However, despite all my efforts trying to dislike ‘Doctor Strange’ (the advert kind of annoyed me), I actually really liked it.

Unfortunately, I do not know any of the back story to ‘Doctor Strange’ (directed by Scott Derrickson), so will just relay the plot as set out by the film. The film starts with Dr Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is an extremely gifted but egotistical neurosurgeon, badly injuring himself in a car accident. He tragically loses the ability to use his hands due to extensive nerve damage, so with the help of Dr Christine Palmer (Amy McAdams), pursues experimental surgeries, all to no avail. However, Strange discovers that an old patient who was a diagnosed paraplegic is mysteriously able to walk, and directs Strange to a place called Kamar-Taj for help. Whilst here, he finds someone called the Ancient One (Tilda Swindon), who teaches him Mystic Arts/that Earth is composed of different dimensions, which are protected by 3 buildings (called Sanctums), which the sorcerers have the task of protecting. However, the Ancient One is reluctant to teach Strange due to his arrogant yearning for learning, as she sees parallels between Strange and Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), another pupil, who turned to the dark side and deals with the Dark Dimension.

I could poke holes in this film in terms of its plot. Parts of the storyline were very weak, as was some of the script. For example, I feel like the film eluded to their being a massive show down between the good and evil forces of the movie, but feel that the film sadly did not deliver. In hindsight, this is probably due to the fact that Doctor Strange is so intellectual (using his brains over brane), but do feel that the film was just setting itself up for the rest of the franchise (which I guess is not a bad thing?)

If you look past the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch’s American accent is pretty shit, his overall acting is actually alright. It appears as if this egotistical, extremely intelligent superhero was perfectly crafted for Cumberbatch. His arrogance for learning and overcoming his setbacks are intermingled with hints of compassion, from which he empathetically learns his duty to save the world rather than himself. Similarly, I feel like the Ancient One was a role suited specifically for Tilda Swindon. She has a dominant, commanding aura about her, which fits this character perfectly. My main issue with the acting in this film was that I wish that Mads Mikkelsen was featured more. I love him as a villain – he brings such a presence  to evil roles. However, in this film, he was just not around long enough to impose himself. Likewise, Amy McAdams was not featured long enough. I can see how her character (Dr Christine Palmer) humanises Strange through the narrative of their previous relationship and history. Nonetheless, I feel like the emotion between her and Strange lacked passion in order for it to be believable. This was probably due to Strange’s selfish arrogance at wanting to be the best and sacrificing love for this. However, the awkward script further diluted their unsubstantial romance. Again, this is probably a device used to mirror Strange’s flawed, narcissist traits.

My favourite part of the film was the use of CGI. The idea that time and dimensions could be bent was brilliantly realised within this film, and made me wish I could watch films in 3D (sadly my eyes don’t work with this). Usually I don’t like CGI (I believe that Computer Generated Images should predominantly be used as a flourish in film, trying to accomplish realistic images, rather than extensively used so that they overpower the entire image – i.e. CGI should be used to make the impossible possible, not vice versa). However, in this film, I think that this effect was perfect, as this technique was used as an idea that Mystic Arts can bend time and space, and the cinema literally showed this in an amazing way. I was in absolute awe of the moving buildings and dimensions that collapsed within themselves, as well as the astral colours, which symbolised other worlds. The soundtrack to this film was composed by Michael Giacchino, who is one of my favourite composers (my favourite being that of  the ‘Star Trek’ films). Giacchino writes such compelling scores that flow so brilliantly with the dynamic pictures.

It is extremely evident that the predominate focus of this film was the visual effects. So for me, visually this film was an absolute hit, and if you can, watch it in 3D – I guarantee it will blow your mind! Parts of the script (like the Doctor’s strained attempts at romance, which mirrored his awkward persona), just didn’t work – but the humour almost did… a couple of funny one liners, and acknowledgement of the Marvel multiverse (through a nod to ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Thor’) made me laugh/smile. Nonetheless, I went in with low expectations, and came out wanting to re-envisage what i’d seen. I wish the Earth’s dimensions bent/shatter like they do in ‘Doctor Strange’, and that Mystic Arts were real!