I’ve seen two more Oscar-winning films this past week so I thought I’d share my reviews of them. Enjoy!
The Imitation Game
A couple of days ago I decided to watch The Imitation Game, a biographical film about mathematical genius Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his collaboration with MI6 during World War II which led to his creation of what is technically the world’s first computer. Unsurprisingly, Cumberbatch, who earned his first Oscar nomination for the role, did an incredible job. Despite having my reservations about this film, it turned out to be far better than I would’ve imagined.
What made it more compelling as a story was the non-explicit yet the truthful depiction of Turing as a homosexual during a time when being gay resulted in a prison sentence. The constant thru line of his true self being alluded to yet hidden away provided more meaning to the film’s title, The Imitation Game, and added an extra layer of depth the movie surely needed.
Keira Knightley also did a tremendous job in the film, garnering a deserved Oscar nomination for her role as Turing’s best friend.
All in all, the film wasn’t the best biographical film I’ve seen (that still belongs to Malcolm X which Denzel Washington should’ve won Best Actor for, by the way) but it was a good one. I’ll give it 91 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars.
Before I begin this review I must let you know, Benedict Cumberbatch is my favorite actor. Every time he’s making a new movie or show I am intrigued and so when I heard of one of his latest films, The Electrical of Louis Wain, the biopic of a famous British painter who brought cats to life in extraordinary ways.
Well, this film was far better than I expected. I had heard the buzz a few months back when it was debuting at the film festivals but it still took some time for me to finally check it out. I’m glad I did.
This movie is remarkable in its ability to transport you into a whole other world and with Benedict Cumberbatch’s incredible acting leading the way the film became one I will not soon forget.
To my great surprise, the film was more sentimental than I could’ve possibly imagined. I found myself crying profusely on a number of occasions and when the film concluded I was in a puddle of my own tears.
Yes, Cumberbatch deserves an Oscar this year. The work he puts into every role he plays is mind-boggling. He can transform from a young, genius detective in Sherlock to a fire-breathing dragon in The Hobbit to a cape-wearing superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and so much more. His level of range is phenomenal and even though I haven’t seen The Power of the Dog yet…I’m rooting for him over Will Smith for Best Actor. He’s an absolute master at his craft and there aren’t many actors like him anymore.
Oh geez, this has turned into a Cumberbatch appreciation post. All in all, The Electrical of Louis Wain is a surprisingly fantastic film and I highly recommend it.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.
Well, the teaser trailer is here and that means it’s time to start theorizing about what this movie could be about to show us as well as the potential storyline taking place in Doctor Strange’s latest trippy adventure. Enjoy!
The teaser trailer starts off by having Doctor Strange echo the words he told Peter Parker: “The multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little.”
The first shot we see of Doctor Strange is here in the broken watch that Christine gave to him as a present. This shot reminds me of a scene from What If…? where we see Doctor Strange lamenting Christine as he holds the Eye of Agamotto.
One thing What If…? made very clear was Doctor Strange’s love for Dr. Palmer and despite things not working out between them in Doctor Strange it doesn’t mean that he’s forgotten her.
Will Christine be a partial driving force of this movie? It’s very possible.
If you haven’t seen the animated Marvel series What If…? you’re missing quite an entertaining series. The show features some of our favorite Marvel characters primarily voiced by the actual actors who play them in the movies in wildly different scenarios that have become more and more fascinating as the weeks go by.
This week’s episode, What If…Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands? went in a completely unexpected dark direction. No, this episode wasn’t about highlighting an evil Doctor Strange. This episode highlighted the power of grief and what it could do to someone with the powers of someone like Doctor Strange. And of course, because this series is canon, I immediately began to think of Wanda Maximoff a.k.a the Scarlet Witch.
WandaVision was a nine-episode study of grief and the pain it caused a simple town and its inhabitants as Wanda Maximoff accidentally took them by hostage through her own power. This power is called Chaos Magic and it is the most powerful and volatile source of magic in the universe.
Through Chaos Magic Scarlet Witch was able to bring Vision back to life and create two children while also changing the reality of a little town, turning it into her own eutopia inspired daily by different sitcoms. Of course, she ultimately is reminded that she’s an Avenger and undoes the wrong that she has caused but that doesn’t mean she’s not capable of turning back into the woman who will get what she wants, no matter the cost. Remember the haunting words Agatha says to Wanda in the season finale, “It is your destiny to destroy the world.”
Hmm…now that sounds grimly familiar.
Just think about The Watcher’s final words in the latest episode episode: “One life, one choice, one moment, can destroy the entire universe.”
I knew this week’s episode of What If…? was going to feature Doctor Strange Supreme a.k.a Evil Doctor Strange but what I did not realize was that Marvel Studios was about to reach into my chest, take my heart, and rip it to pieces with a 30-minute story that honestly felt like a miniature movie.
The past three episodes have been fun to watch but they did feel a bit rushed, specifically last week’s episode which reached a conclusion that felt like a sudden stop after a compelling previous twenty-five minutes. This episode does not suffer from that. No. It has a tragic beginning, an intriguing middle, and a what-the-heck! ending.