Marvel’s Strange!!!

Merry Christmas Everyone! We’re back, better and bigger! That’s sound like a soap commercial, right? Lol!

Nonetheless it’s true. Jollyhood Pictures has been repositioned to serve you better with the launch of “The Jollyhood Teenage Empowerment Centre”, where teenagers between the ages of 13-19 can be trained, mentored and empowered financially. The whole idea is to raise Nigeria teens that will be financially independent before they hit their twenties or attend a higher institution of learning, reducing the unemployment rate in the country. And the Centre’s services are FREE!  Also the Centre was launched with Jollyhood Pictures first ever Stage Production titled “Omowunmi: A Modern Day Cinderella Story”. And I’m glad to announce it was a big hit. Everyone loved it and have demanded for a rematch. So watch out for “Omowunmi: Revamped” very soon. My heartfelt gratitude to everyone that made the launch a success. For more on the centre and “Omowunmi”, go to www.jollyhoodpictures.com and click on The Jollyhood Centre icon.

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To today’s business, to help you forgive moi for being AWOL these past months, we’ll be reviewing another anticipated film of the year, Marvel Studios Doctor Strange”. The 2016 American superhero film is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.  Directed by Scott Derrickson, who wrote the film with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel EjioforRachel McAdamsBenedict WongMichael StuhlbargBenjamin BrattScott AdkinsMads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton. It would appear that nowadays, every film must star a black or Chinese act, to be politically correct before the Hollywood vultures… sorry I mean critics tear your film to shreds. Just ask director Proyas of “The Gods of Egypt”…

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So in Doctor Strange, surgeon Stephen Strange, after a car accident ends his career, embarks on a journey to learn the mystic arts from the Ancient One in a bid to recover the use of his hands. Various incarnations of a Doctor Strange film have been in development since the mid-1980s until Paramount Pictures acquired the film rights in April 2005 on behalf of Marvel Studios. The film began principal photography in November 2015 in Nepal before moving to the United Kingdom, and concluded in New York City in April 2016. Filming also occurred in Hong Kong.

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Doctor Strange held its world premiere in Hong Kong on October 13, 2016, and was released in the United States on November 4, 2016, in 3D and IMAX 3D. The film has grossed over $647 million, making it the tenth highest-grossing film of 2016. It had the biggest IMAX opening in November domestically ($12.2 million), internationally ($24 million), and globally ($24.2 million), overtaking Interstellar‘s record. By November 27, 2016, the film had become the biggest single-character introduction film in the MCU. Not bad.

Doctor Strange remained the top film in its second weekend, and fell to second in its third, behind Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In its fourth weekend, Doctor Strange was the third highest grossing film, behind Fantastic Beasts and Moana. It fell to fifth in its fifth and sixth weekends. It is also projected to earn $255 million for its total domestic gross.

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Rotten Tomatoes reported a 91% approval rating based on 269 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Doctor Strange artfully balances its outré source material against the blockbuster constraints of the MCU, delivering a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story in the bargain.”

Critics called it “an engaging, smartly cast and sporadically eye-popping addition, Marvel’s most satisfying entry since Spider-Man 2, visually transfixing, beautiful and nimble that you may even briefly forget the brand”.

On the negativity train, Mara Reinstein of US Weekly called the film “joyless” and wrote, “Nobody is having much fun here — save for the doctor’s Cloak of Levitation. Hahahaha! Hilarious. Rex Reed of the New York Observer called Doctor Strange “an awkwardly cliché-riddled mix of hamstrung imagination and bizarro reality” saying, “None of it makes any sense.”  Adam Graham of The Detroit News wrote “Doctor Strange is a fine introduction, but by the end by the end you’re not sad to be headed out the door.”

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Joining the train, I really don’t see what the hullabaloo is about. Despite winning the Best Visual Effects Award for Hollywood film Award and Cumberbatch being such a charismatic act… “The dialogue was a drag, plot unengaging and the trumped up 3D effects, simply window dressing to hid a lifeless story about some time continuum blah, blah, blah.” I wasn’t sad to be headed out the door at all. No sir!

With the appearance of “Thor” by the end of the movie, it’s safe to say Doctor Strange is in for another sequel or a cross over into other Marvel films which is the studio’s MO. With Derrickson saying that he would like to follow the example of The Dark Knight and “bring in a villain where you really got to go deep [and have] a more visceral experience”.  I say “God help us”.

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There you have it. Jollyhood’s take on Doctor Strange. Watch it and let us on your take. It feels so good to be back! And be rest assured that your friendly neighbourhood movie review blogger won’t be going MIA for a lonngggggg time. Till next week, lots of XoXos from moi. Bye, bye!

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