Had a chance to watch Jungle Cruise! My quick thoughts...
• Creative action
• Dwayne The Rock Johnson & Emily Blunt's charming performances
• Enjoyable humor
• Predictable plot
• Lackluster finale
• Forced romantic relationship
For fans of the franchise, this is a lukewarm step back into what is familiar. There is an attempt at bringing in more of a politically charged story line, but at the cost of any of the trademark twists and turns these movies are usually full of.
Chris Rock's angry eyes are the scariest thing about this movie.
'Doctor Strange' remains one of Marvel's strongest origin stories.
Benedict Cumberbatch is perfectly cast and his performance as Stephen before he gets his powers is very underrated. It's not a film without issues - the mind bending timey wimey ending is undercut by its convenience - but there's a lot to love here. In fact, the villain storyline is less interesting here than the actual training origin.
'Doctor Strange' presents a world within the MCU that is eager for more exploring and gives Cumberbatch a great leading man vehicle.
I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.
A grudgingly boring 'film' that merely serves an attempt to kickstart a franchise, instead of telling a well-rounded, self-contained story.
It expects us to care about these characters without giving much reason. The opening sequence is an unfulfilled promise of what could've been.
Episode Four (spoilers):
John Walker is the best character in this show. He is, so far, the only character to have really experienced a journey and it's certainly not been the one that was sold to him.
People are quick to jump on the hate train purely because he could never be Steve. But nobody could be Steve. Not even Sam, which is why he didn't take up the mantle. John's ideals align with Steve and he wants to continue…