Beauty and the Beast Movie Review (SPOILERS?)

I was transported back to my childhood. Playing the VHS and rewinding it and playing it again and again. 

Not sure if these are spoilers but I’m warning you either way.

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If you don’t know the story I don’t think you’re human but I’ll level with you. This movie is a live action retelling of Disney’s 1991 animated film. A prince was cursed by an Enchantress because he had no love in his heart. The prince was then turned into a beast and his servants were turned into objects. A rose was given to the now beast and would bloom into his 21st birthday. If he didn’t learn to love and have someone love him he would be doomed to stay a beast forever. Okay…good!

Now THIS MOVIE not only managed to bring that beloved story to life but answered some major questions that we’ve all had at one point while watching the animated movie. I’ll talk about that throughout the review.

Oh one more thing. The casting. THE COULD NOT HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB!!! Okay, now we may continue.

From the beginning the film you realize that they changed that particular part of the story. To be honest I think it was a better explanation than the animated film. Makes more sense, if you really think about it.

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Belle (Emma Watson) is known as the town’s outcast. Her love for literature is frown upon, being the only one who could, besides the librarian. her only escape is through books and her supportive father, who is also the outcast of the town.Emma Watson brought Belle to life! Her strength, intelligence, and wits all the things we loved about Belle was shown because is basically Belle.

Movements that the characters from the animated film did were replicated which made this movie all the more magical! You would notice them if you watched Beauty and the Beast so many times that it’s engraved in your brain.

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There is no way that they could make this film without some of the original songs from the original. Not only were some of our favorites added but Alan Menken, the OG from the original, returned and composed it once again. The second the song “Belle” started I began to whisper sing (no one hears me sing).

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Luke Evans as Gaston…the dude is Gaston! His facial expressions and his movements, his entire attitude screamed Gaston. When I say they nailed the cast, THEY MADE THIS CAST THEIR BITCH! Gaston is the town’s favorite guy, guys want to be him and girls want to be with him, with the expectation of Belle. While other see it as a long shot, Gaston sees it as a challenge and one he plans on winning. You can’t have Gaston without his loyal pal LeFou (Josh Gad). Josh Gad, voice of Olaf, brought what we knew he would bring. Humor! Josh Gad was born to play LeFou!

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Music, and the most perfect cast ever, I was dying to see the interaction between Beast and Belle. So when the second both characters come on screen I was on the edge of my seat. Hats off to the makeup artist and special effects crew you  created the Beast. He wasn’t weird looking but a animalitic man. Think about it cause it makes sense! Although I cried about 4 times, maybe more, this was one of my favorite scenes and cried a bit harder. The chemistry between Beast and Belle was just as magical as the love story that is Beauty and the Beast. I was shipping HARD AF!

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You can’t have Beauty and the Beast without Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian Mckellen) and Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson). These characters bring so much humor and heart that you feel as connected to them as you do with the main characters. The creativity behind these new takes on beloved characters was absolutely astonishing.

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There were some changes in Belle’s and Beast backstory but there was also some answers that the animated film forgot to mention. Such as their parents. Belle had her father but there was never any mention of her mother and was became of her. With Beast, he was cursed and so were his staff and yet his parents were no where to be found. The explanation for both parents I thought was very clever. Especially on Beast side because he reflects on the type of person he grew up to being and one of the reasons why he was cursed, besides him being totally about looks.

If I had to change one thing it would be with Beast when he decides to free her. Instead of him roar in heart break as he did in the animated film he had song which was a beautiful score but I didn’t feel the impact of it. I think it would have made it more powerful if he had roared in pain over the loss of Belle.

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Now there’s a lot of controversy regarding LeFou being an openly gay character, a first in Disney. Look what you feel is how you feel, not here to state rather it’s wrong or right, to his it’s own. I will say ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME! You really thought this guy was straight? The guy sang a song about his adoration for Gaston! Come on people! Fine you really didn’t think about it. Okay. THE MOVIE DOESN’T SHOW ANYTHING! Hearing stories about theaters refusing to show it or parents cancelling their trips to Disneyland because of this is absolutely mind boggling. But again what they choose is their choice. The “gay moment” was less than a second and one that if you blinked you would have missed it. I won’t say when and where because if you don’t notice it there is your answer.

For those who didn’t know here is a fun fact! Howard Ashman, the lyricist for the animated film and winner of 2 academy awards, was a gay man who passed before the films release. He was so passionate about Beauty and the Beast because he saw it as his story about a man living a curse, a man with AIDS, and his curse would be broke by a cure. LeFou as a gay character is a homage to the late and talented Howard Ashman.

The fact that a character, not even the main character, was made gay didn’t take away from the story that was being told. I found it touching and beautiful that they honored someone who was responsible for creating the most beautiful music in the world of Disney, in my childhood and of others, for someone who loved what he did and he didn’t get to see it.

I will say that you end up liking LeFou more than the animated film, Josh Gad has some funny lines!

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Beauty and the Beast took my back to my childhood. It was absolutely amazing that brought tears to my eyes. The managed to bring to life a beloved classic and made it it’s own while respecting the original. A story about love, friendship, bravery, knowing that your different and that’s okay and seeing someone from within instead of what they look like. Is it better? There both different even though they’re telling the same story. I can appreciate both, watch both and enjoy both. The animated film will always have a place in my heart and this version just adds to it. They did an incredible job and one you see that they worked hard in creating to give the best movie they can. You can’t ask for more!

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Disney’s Moana Movie Review

We get another Disney film that has the potential of becoming a classic, then add the genius of Lin Manuel-Miranda and you have a kick ass soundtrack!

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The demigod Maui (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) steals a stone which is the mystical heart of a goddess Te Fiti. As Maui tries to escape the island he is attacked by a lava demon causing him to lose his magical fish hook and losing the stone into the ocean.

Years later a princess named Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) loves the open ocean and believes that there is no to life than living on the island that her family have lived on for generations. Her father, the Chief, forbids her from ever leaving beyond the reef, the island’s flowers and food begins to die.

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Moana then learns about the past and decides to seek Maui and return the stone before it’s too late. As the ocean helps her she sets sail into the open ocean.

It’s crazy because after I finished watching the movie I watched a youtuber and he described Moana having the effects of Zelda: Wind Waker and I TOTALLY SEE IT! A plus!

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Every Disney needs a bad ass soundtrack and THIS ONE NAILS IT! When I found out about this movie I was interested…because it’s Disney! Then I heard that Lin Manuel- Miranda was attached to the score I fist pumped harder than the cast of Jersey shore did in a club. The man was a musical genius! While you’re watching it you are suddenly dancing along and feel what the lyrics are saying. That’s insane? Well Disney has magic that we can’t explain alright!

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The chemistry between Maui and Moana is great! The duo worked so well together and again like any Disney film you need a character that is hilarious, maybe arrogant, conceited and yet in the time of need a loyal friend. Maui was someone that you can’t help but like and the guy does a lot to be disliked, which worked with the humor.

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A big congrats to Auli’i Cravalho with this being her first film, and it will definitely not be her last, and bringing a relate-able and strong character. She killed it and has an astonishing voice. Welcome to the Disney life Auli’i!

Moana illustrated that our fear of new stops us from living, friendships aren’t always great in the beginning, family will always be there and believing in yourself makes you a true heroine. Another great Disney film that will be enjoyed by kids and parents!

I seriously can’t stop listening to the soundtrack…DAMN YOU LIN FOR YOUR AWESOMENESS!

 

Fifty Shades Darker Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

Far more RAUNCHY then the first and that is saying something! 

NOTE: This is OF COURSE the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, so if you haven’t seen it then there will be some confusion as to why certain things happen and whose who. But if you don’t give a shit and watch it either way, you’ll enjoy it just the same. But seriously, why haven’t you watched it?

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Anastasia broke up with Christian in the last movie and it pretty much starts from there. They’re trying to forget and move on with life, and failing miserably. Christian shows up and asks to give me another chance. This movie did add more to why Christian is the way that he is and his very dark and sad past.

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“No rules. No punishments. No secrets.” Shit was getting real. Anastasia knows he keeps a lot of himself closed off and that is a major part of any relationship. When he does open up, she finds that he’s entire mind set is changing as well. A character that fucks it all up is Mrs. Robinson aka Elena (Kim Basinger). This was a character in the book that had introduced Christian into the BDSM lifestyle. Anastasia knowing that what she had done was nothing more than child abuse. Christian still defending her, and claiming she’s nothing more than a friend, causes her to distances herself once again.

Kim Basinger played Mrs. Robinson so well! Someone had to play a woman of elegance, confidence and a total bitch. Well done Basinger, well done!

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Anastasia gets her dream job and we went another new character. Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) played the very hot, creepy, horny boss. Jack takes an interest on Anastasia and while she’s oblivious Christian is not. Eric Johnson did a great job playing this character and one I pictured while reading the books. He was in a cool, attractive and confident guy, a guy that got his way. The douche that when he heard the word no they would throw a hissy fit, you know that guy.

The scenes between Jack and Anastasia, along with Elena, proved just how strong willed she is and I loved that! She had a kick ass moment, two really, that made me love her even more!

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Just as Christian begins to open up to Anastasia, someone from his past returns. Now, when I read the book there was a scene with Leila (Bella Heathcote) that was so fucked up that I didn’t think a book was capable of. During the movie I wondered how they were going to add that particular scene. I won’t say what scene it was but either way it didn’t make it into the movie and I don’t know how to feel about it. One, pretty glad because I don’t think I would be able to get through it without feel the same way I felt when I read it. Two, I wanted to see because it would show how mentally unstable Leila really was. All things considered what made more of an impression was Dakota Johnson’s performance and because of that the scene wouldn’t have worked.

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OKAY SEX SCENES TALKY TIME!!

The movie might have had a bit more sex scenes HOWEVER the scenes were STEAMIER, SEXIER, AND HOTTER in this movie! Far more than Fifty Shades of Grey, which is odd considering they had the red room but they managed to make it worth the wait. There were moments, MORE THAN ONE, that I asked, “can they do that?” I know this is fake, clearly, but they way they acted didn’t seem fake. Yes, I’ve heard it all before, “no one acts this way.” Yeah, why do you think we watch this movie? Christian and Anastasia’s relationship is so unrealistic which makes it all the more appealing.

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Talking about fake sex about fictional characters I have to acknowledge the actors who have a very difficult job in bring those characters to life. In Fifty Shades of Grey I enjoyed Jamie Dornan as Christian and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia. They did a good job and the chemistry, although steamy scenes were shown, was very plain but a good introduction for the upcoming films. In this movie the chemistry was undeniable and definitely improved from the first which made they’re scenes, not just “realistic” but more invested in the characters and their love story. Jamie and Dakota have a very difficult job in not just trying to please a hella of a lot of fans but the awkwardness of doing these very intimate scenes in front of a whole crew team watching then knowing millions of people.

Fifty Shades Darker wasn’t just a better film than the first but you see how much they improved as actors since them. Dakota and Jamie are incredible actors and for them to work in a film franchise of this magnitude proves strength in the industry. I, now can not see anyone else playing this roles other than them and that says a lot.

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SPECIAL NOTE!!!!

Stay during the credits because you get a special look into Fifty Shades Freed which will be released February 9th of 2018!

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Guys Fifty Shades Darker was so much better than the first and we get one more…in a year but we get one more!!

The Legend of Tarzan Movie Review

Yes this movie come out in 2016 and I just saw it. I’m ashamed I’m behind on my movies and I’m trying to catch up! Making this my TBT (Throw back Thursday) movie review. 

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Watching this I found it difficult in not trying to compare the Disney version, but I the Disney version flew out the window the second Alexander Skarsgard took off his shirt. The Legend of Tarzan takes place about ten years after the story we all know, or at least think we know. Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) is now married to Jane (Margot Robbie) and they live in a comfortable and rich life in London.

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Tarzan, who is now called by his real name which is John Clayton, gets an invitation to return to his home in Africa and report the progress they have made. This was one of the Disney flashback I had when Tarzan was suddenly Clayton. Clayton was the villain from what I remember and I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that Tarzan was actually a Clayton. Yes, it just bothered more than it should have. Tarzan or John, wants to live a normal life with Jane and try to ultimately forget the stories that are told about them.

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I found that Margot Robbie as Jane a great choice. She plays the character well and made me like the character of Jane even more. Another one that was a shocker and I completely forgot was in this movie was Samuel L. Jackson. When he come on the screen I thought he would play a small role but that wasn’t the case. He brought humor and I loved seeing him along side John aka Tarzan.

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When John, Jane and Samuel L. Jackson’s character George Washington Williams, arrive in Africa they learn that made of the tribes have been overrun and taken as slaves. Trying to be very vague on this and try not to spoil anything (if you haven’t seen already). Jane is taken and John along side George try to help the villagers as well as get his Jane back. You have you movie. There were moments where it like they didn’t know which direction they wanted to go and it seemed off.

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I enjoyed seeing the apes and trying to figure out which one was Tark, as well as when the elephants arrived and wondered which one was Tantor. Seriously, I can’t be the only one who thought of Disney’s Tarzan while watching this? I really enjoyed the flashbacks but wanted to see more of how Tarzan and Jane met as well as how their relationship got started. Towards the end it seemed a bit dragged on but there was a cool fight side in the jungle and I wished there were more like that throughout the film.

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There wasn’t enough Jane and Tarzan and I found that weird considering it’s they’re movie. When they did have a scene I found it too short to see if there was chemistry between the two as you would expect from the love struck characters. Christoph Waltz who plays the villain in this as he does in everything is, it what you would expect. He’s a great actor and a better villain. A calm and collected guy and there wasn’t a shock when he had a scene. I will say the way he killed a guy was a shocker and I wasn’t expecting that, but it was in the beginning of the movie and there wasn’t much else.

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Overall, the movie wasn’t horrible and it had more flaws than expected but watchable, so at least it has that. CGI was done very well, and the scenery was beautiful and if they decide to make another Tarzan I would sure watch it. At least the movie didn’t make me hate Tarzan.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Movie Review (Spoiler FREE)

I was transported back in time, 1977 to be exact, and I’m watching Star Wars for the first time! 

For those of you who don’t know about Star Wars or are a bit confused as to where this movie follows, this movie is between Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith and Episode 4 A New Hope.

I’m assuming you have seen A New Hope…

The scene where Princess Leia is giving R2-D2 the plans of the Death Star before her encounter with Darth Vader…okay that little chip she gives him, this movie shows how those plans got to her which lead to Luke and Obi-wan to Han Solo and Chewbacca and the destruction of the Death Star.

This is a missing piece of a picture we already know!

Okay now let’s review!

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If you haven’t yet seen Rogue one, WHY? But the weekend isn’t over so you have time. This isn’t just another Star Wars movie and no it isn’t episode 8! It changes how we see Star Wars and managed to give us a new story, a story that should be told and connects all the movies together. HOW AWESOME IS THAT!

Jyn Erso ( Felicity Jones) is brought in by the rebellion and reveals that her father, who was taken from her as a little girl, has not only been working with the Empire but has created a weapon so dangerous…can you guess what it is…it was in the trailer…THE DEATH STAR!

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Helping her is rebel Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and his once Empire droid friend K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) and they set off to find her father. K-2SO brought so much humor that worked so well in this film and I shouldn’t even be surprised because it was Andy Tudyk and the guy is a fantastic actor/comedian. Cassian’s character was one I always thought of when thinking about the rebellion. The rebellion are our heroes but heroes that have very difficult choices and they’re not always black and white and I loved that they showed that and Diego Luna did amazing with it.

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There are a lot of new characters, being a stand-alone film,  certain characters stood out more than the rest and one was Donnie Yen’s character Chirrut Imwe. He brought a certain depth in the movie that connected with the theme and he’s bad ass!

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One minor flaw was at the beginning which was that it was a bit slow and jumped too much from character to character but really it was just the beginning part and the rest of the movie had me on the edge of my seat with non stop action!

It was more gritty than what we’re use to seeing in Star Wars and it worked so well in this particular story.

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By the middle you’re invested in these characters, you feel they’re bond of friendship and the hope of fighting evil and the true start of the Star Wars universe, this is the beginning.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars story surprised me with a new story and still managed to feel like a Star Wars movie. There we SO MANY OTHER SURPRISES that had me smiling so big and the END WAS EPITOME OF AWESOMENESS!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Movie Review

The great world of wizardry is back and the hero is… a Hufflepuff! 

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We’re back to the wonderful world that J.K. Rowling created and I couldn’t be happier! The year is 1926, 70 years before Harry Potter and this time our hero is a young man named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Newt has been traveling through world collecting magically creatures and hopes to learn from them so that the wizarding world gets a better understanding of them.

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Newt has landed in America carrying a magical briefcase, carrying these misunderstood creatures. He accidentally loses his briefcase of magical beasts and it falls into the hands of muggle, in America they call him no-maj (no magic) Jacob (Dan Fogler). This no maj opens the case and releases these creatures into America and he discovers the world of magic.

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Now Newt must rescue his creatures before any harm becomes of them or others. Newt’s relationship with these amazing beasts is a truly beautiful thing. He deeply believes that this creatures are ones that his fellow wizards and witches should learn from.

His mission becomes more difficult when a dark force appears that the MACUSA (The Magical Congress of the United States) believe is the work of dark wizard Gellert Gindelwald.

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With the help of two sisters, Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie (Alison Sudol) and his new no-maj Jacob, Newt goes around the city to help save the world from exposure and harm of his animals.

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It’s difficult to not compare this film to the films and books of Harry Potter but there are similarities, besides the fact their from the same universe. The friendship between Newt and Jacob for one is similar to Harry and Ron. Granted, both were wizards, Harry grew in a muggle household for ten years believing that magic was nothing more than a fairytale. Both are from a different lifestyles yet managed to bring something out in each other.

Turning a book that is less than a hundred pages about the magical creatures and turning it into this amazing movie and showing the love between Newt and his animals is nothing sort of magical in itself. There were a few scenes that the pacing felt out of place but picked up and made me very excited to see where these characters lead.

It’s a great introduction of the expansion of the world of Harry Potter and added more strong and wonderful characters to cheer for. It had humor, magic, FANTASTIC BEASTS, and overall the feeling we had for Harry Potter all over it.

Doctor Strange Movie Review

Iron man if he had a baby with Harry Potter and was sharing custody with Inception.

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I knew absolutely zero about Doctor Strange, granted I’d heard of the name which was about it. Seeing the trailer, I had my doubts, and not because it didn’t look appealing but because it was a whole new movie with a new character. The bar had been set and pretty damn high with 10 Marvel films behind it, so I was expecting a hell of a movie.

IT DELIVERED!

Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a neurosurgeon, a very talented and egotistical. Choosing on patients based what would bring him more popularity instead of just saving lives for the good of his heart. The resembles between him and Tony Stark was perfect! A character that sees themselves as Gods and having it taken away to really show them what really lies beneath.

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Strange get into a horrible accident causing him to fracture his hands and causing him to lose his job as a surgeon. Strange learns about a man who was beyond help and defeated the odds and walked when doctors, including himself, said he wouldn’t. Strange seeks help in Nepal who helped that very man walk in hopes he would be able to heal him hands.

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The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) shows Strange the way of the force, or magic, and Strange becomes a believer. What I liked about this movie was how it made it clear that Strange didn’t want to be a hero and help fight bad guys but to just get the ability to work again and get his popularity back. It showed how the layer of his persona began to strip away. I enjoyed watching him learn about the magic instead him just suddenly become a great kick ass sorcerer.

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Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) the bad guy in the movie has stolen pages from an ancient book that would destroy the very universe as we know it. The effects in this movie is WILD! I was worried that it just make you dizzy, look beyond weird and it not fit to the movie but it fit perfectly!

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In every Marvel movie there’s a bit of humor, okay a lot of humor because it’s awesome, I wasn’t expecting much if not any humor in this one. Just like Doctor Strange  I don’t know anything about Benedict Cumberbatch either. I saw him as a serious guy but the dude is funny! It had comedy that made it feel like a Marvel movie.

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Doctor Strange was awesome, I had a great time watching and left with a Doctor Strange fan as well as Benedict Cumberbatch, two for one! I excited to see more of this character in the films yet come and beyond eager to see him with the rest of the cast from the previous movies…Infinity war maybe?

If you’re a TRUE MARVEL FAN than I shouldn’t be saying this but if you’re not, stay to the very end of the credits. Two scenes are shown and it’s worth the wait!

Doctor Strange will return.