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Doctor Strange (2016)
Dr. Generic Superhero Movie
Let me get this out of the way first. Yes, the visuals and special affects were amazing. It was nice and polished. But that is a given for a super hero movie. You can CGI a hurricane or atomic bomb if you wanted to. Pretty colors are standard.
Yet, what is not cool is Marvel and Disney producing this cliché trash year after year. And,boy was this movie predictable. It was filled with plot convenience and plot amour as if they think the audience are a bunch of monkeys.
First, the backstory was rushed and poorly done. They show him do ONE operation to establish he loves his hands. Then, he loses his hands after screenshots of his manhattan loft and Lamborghini. And why should we feel sorry for him? Cause he is rich and has the means to retire or just teach brain science? Screw convincing backstory, we need to rush and spend the budget on pretty colors. It was insulting to expect we should be vested in this character.
Then, after Dr. Gary Stu moves east he meets the right people at the right time in overcrowded Tibet in 2 minutes. Out of plot convenience, they train the guy cause maybe they were bored. An few moments he is a martial arts master. In his first fight, the bad guys dispatch all the ally wizards, but Dr. Strange as a rookie gets a 10 minute fight scene and masters all the magical items at the most convenient time. He gets a magical cape to solve all his problems and even fight for him. I don't mind overpowered assholes like superman or Thor cause you know what you are going to get. But, Dr. Strange has a horse shoe up his ass or the screenplay was written by a 13 year old.
From then on, the movie is save the earth from Doomsday with people pulling random powers out of their ass. I like rules in super hero world. It's someone of a level playing field in batman or even some other marvel movies. But, in Dr. Strange, the possibilities are endless cause it's magic. So, what is the point of even caring. Here is some time travel. Here is some magic spears. Here is some magic portals. Let's fly. The movie is literally just special effects and you will get bored.
They are not original effects either. If you have seen inception, you have seen Dr. Strange. If you have seen any Harry Potter movie, you have seen Dr. Strange.
Overall, I think this movie is crap and you could find some equally entertaining videos. Don't feel bad if you take out your phone to check email or multitask watching this in theatres. Your fellow audience isn't going to be missing critical scenes from getting distracted. You could literally walk out and walk back in for 10 minutes and know what is going on, it is that cliché and generic. Avoid this movie and wait till it is available on Redbox.
Silicon Valley (2014)
Pretentious, Boring, Pandering
Silicon Valley is a poor excuse to keep HBO TV producers employed. The plots are forced. The humor is out of place.From an initial eye test, the actors, settings, and plot line panders to the pretentious HBO watchers and pseudo-intellectuals watching tech feeds on Yahoo Finance.
The story and plot line is same old sitcom, yet it is dressed up differently. I could see the producers say "lets make the setting foreign to the average American: Silicon Valley! Add quirky down to earth characters as audience avatars. Squeeze plots out of the average sitcom formula. X character does one thing that creates a problem for Y character. Y character tries to solve it producing hilariously unexpected results and makes another problem. And there you have it. Silicon Valley.
But, wait this is different. It's in Silicon Valley. It's smart and like real life. Nope. It's not different. It's about a bunch of nice guys chasing dreams facing the push back from traditions institutions. In this case, the institutions are the big bad tech companies. The characters are no different from artist trying to get record deals, Wall Street brokers aiming for he big bucks, or rookie cops conflicting with bureaucracy. Repeat for 3 seasons , dress it up with masturbatory techno-babble and you have Silicon Valley.
The characters are by no means original. Let's go back to Seinfeld crew. Richard is the frantic and passive aggressive Seinfeld. That Mormon looking guy is the weird Kramer one who eats out of a dumpster. The Indian is the minority (Elaine) or "insert racist/sexist jokes character." The one with the beard is the quiet dull character to contrast the others and make snark comments. This is lost potential for HBO. The producers could have added women main characters as tech engineers. They could have added 40 somethings switching careers or learning new tricks. But no. They did cardboard cut out, millennial generation to throw tomatoes at as they navigate life in Silicon Valley.
The settings and visuals range from a crappy house to giant tech company perks galore in Silicon Valley. It is so unoriginal and cliché that it doesn't take a Devry major in business to know that these places exist. Yet , HBO forces these images on you as if you are in on the joke. HA HA look at the juxtapositions! With a lack of interesting characters, stories, or plots, the visuals seem hollow and don't achieve the satirical effect that was intended. It just looks like a manufactured and pretentious TV show to be forgotten in 5 years.
Overall, don't buy into the Sillicon Valley hype unless you truly want to waste time. If you are smart enough to get what HBO is trying to convey, you should be smart enough to spend your free time watching, reading, or listening to something else that is more entertaining. Do not force yourself to like this.