The Badger On: Avengers: Infinity War Part 1

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I was never sure that we were going to see this in theatre or wait for it come out digitally or on DVD. It was only on the recommendation of the Eagle’s niece that we actually did got to see it and coming from a tween and Marvel fan I can see why she was impressed.

Look I am not saying that it is a bad movie because it was well made and acted like all Marvel movies are but at the same time I think it is a little overhyped. It was too long for a movie that has been broken up into two parts and despite all the characters that ‘died’ in it I just felt that it lacked any emotional weight to it except maybe one, which despite my past of not worrying about spoilers I will not reveal that one and see if anyone who reads this can guess.

Well any who time for a little plot description I guess and I will try to make this a short as possible though considering the length of the movie it might be a little hard.

Thanos (Josh Brolin) thinks that they best ways to save the galaxy is kill half the population as he thinks the universe if overpopulated. To do this he needs to collect the 6 infinity stones (Power, Space, Time, Mind, Reality and Soul).

All the heroes and the occasional villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, apart from Ant-Man and Hawkeye, band together in space and on Earth and attempt to stop him and his lieutenants from doing so. In the process very few of them are left as Thanos achieves his goal though considering this is the first part of a two part movie and nobody really ‘dies’ in comic books/movies this might not be the case.

I think I did pretty well considering.

As I said it is well acted but I can’t actually pin point if there was a particular stand out. I will say that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange didn’t annoy me as much as he did in his solo movie mainly because I don’t think he could out Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark while they were in the same movie and shared scenes.

The only other nitpick that I have, and so does the Eagle, is with the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). You see him only at the beginning of the movie where he and Thanos fight after which the Hulk is defeated. Bruce Banner spends the rest of the movie trying to coax him out with the Hulk’s response being ‘NO’. Now I know that this movie was heavy in special affects but I still think that it just made the Hulk seem cowardly and that is not how I view the Hulk granted that I am not overly familiar with the history of the Hulk bar the very basics of it all but I never once thought of him as a coward.

The movie, in my opinion, also does not really pass the Bechdel test despite there being plenty of females and they do occasionally talk with each other but since the movie revolves around what is essentially a male and his actions it is hard to tell with only one viewing if they ever talk about anything that does not concern Thanos and what he is doing.

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The Badger On: Doctor Strange (Movie)

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I am going to admit right from the beginning that I was a bit ambivalent about seeing this movie. I am not one to avoid spoilers and with this one I didn’t seek out anything like I might have done with any of the other comic book movies or any other movie that I had been planning on seeing.

I saw this one because my bf wanted to see it as he has a bit of a man-crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. Even my niece who is always eager to come see a comic-book movie or any movie with us for that matter was not super eager to see. They both came out of it liking it better than I did but then I guess being a DC girl I am getting tired of the Marvel/Disney team getting it ‘right’ while DC/Warner Brothers are not so much. Maybe also I am trying my best to find fault with it just because I want to.

I am not saying that I didn’t like the movie, because like all Marvel movies it was well made, written well, acted well and the effects were great. A little background maybe. I am not overly familiar with the character so what I know comes this and cartoon movie that I had seen.

Doctor Strange is an arrogant, ego driven neurosurgeon who has a car crash and damages his hands. After spending all his money on trying to fix his hands so that he could perform surgery again he ends up in Nepal where he is taught magic by the Ancient One and eventually becomes a sorcerer supreme and a protector of the Sanctums, three building found in London, New York and Hong Kong, from Dormammu of the Dark Dimension who wants to take over the earth.

Now back to the movie. The whole movie Benedict Cumberbatch reminded me of someone else with his well-done but fake American accent and it wasn’t until the last third of the movie that I finally figured it out who and it made me a little disappointed not only in him but the movie as well. I don’t know if it his choice or he was directed to do so but his accent and performance to an extent reminded me of Robert Downey Jr and in particular his portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man. Even his appearance kind of reminded me of him. The characters do have things in common with their arrogance and egoism but still I am sure that Benedict could have found a way to portray that. Merlin knows that his version of Sherlock Holmes has enough of those characteristics  to pull it off.

All other performances were great. Though there was a lot of uproar in relation to Tilda Swinton playing the Ancient One because in the comic books it is a Tibetan male. Changing the character to a white female was seen as white-washing and also changing the sex for the change itself. Despite this she did do a really good job as did Benedict Wong as Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius and Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer. The stand out character however was Benedict Cumberbatch Cloak of Levitation as it was truly amusing along with Wong.

The movie despite have two female characters will not pass the Bechdel test as they don’t interact, I don’t consider the Ancient One’s death scene to be an interaction, let alone have a discussion to talk about a man. Of course if they did they would most likely talk about Strange and his arrogance and egoism.

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