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wave away winter.
|The two Benedicts, Cumberbatch and Wong, face relentless supernatural peril.|
A friend becomes an implacable, seemingly omnipotent enemy in this multi-dimensional Marvel of marvels.
I particularly enjoyed Dr. Strange’s Superman turn at the beginning, when he leaps off a building into costume to save a girl from a one-eyed Lovecraftian leviathan. The cosmos-splintering action rarely relents after that. As the Master of the Mystic Arts, Benedict Cumberbatch takes it all in stride with his usual lightly aloof touch. Once again, his Cloak of Levitation provides subtle comic relief.
This movie does run into the problem that has always plagued magical comic book superheroes like Dr. Strange, Dr. Fate and the Spectre. When you can seemingly wave your hand and do anything, the audience doesn’t know what the ground rules are. Stories about super powers require definite rules imposing limitations that the audience clearly understands, or the suspense is undercut.
Nevertheless, I had a great time at this movie. The invincible enemy is overcome in a clever, logical and yet surprising manner. This Sam Raimi-directed film delivers a series of surprises, in fact, including one right at the end.
Marvel continues its merry march.
Fundamentalists are always, finally, about totalitarianism. It's the only place they can go to relieve their own nagging doubts about their absurd religious beliefs — deny and forbid the existence of any possible alternatives on any level.
Oh, and you can dry up about your “real Christians.” The fascist, murder-loving, totalitarian Christians are the ones who’ve got the national bullhorn. I’ve heard about all these supposed “real Christians” for a long time, but I don't see any evidence of them in this country. Until they stand up to fight these alleged usurpers, I count them as fiction.