Harry Situation Reviews: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Things are about to get Strange in the MCU.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the newest MCU movie featuring the (former) Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Stephen Strange (reprised by Benedict Cumberbatch). Also returning is Benedict Wong as Wong, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlett Witch, Rachael Adams as Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and introducing Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez And for a special treat Spider-Man and Evil Dead trilogy director Sam Raimi takes over directing duties for the first time in almost a decade.
After aiding Peter Parker in No Way Home, Stephen Strange unfortunately finds that his actions have great consequences. When he encounters a girl named America Chavez and learns of her extraordinary ability to travel between Multiverses he must defend her against monsters and dark forces are crossing over that seek her power. But soon he will learn that the greatest threat may be himself from another universe. Or so it would appear.
The first positive goes to the performances. Everyone does an incredible job. I believe the biggest standouts are in fact Cumberbatch, Olsen, and Gomez. Cumberbatch is still the best choice to be the titular sorcerer. Olsen is just fantastic as the Scarlet Witch. There's a lot of emphasis on her character in this film and she goes through a major arc throughout. And Xochitl Gomez was great America Chavez. I'll admit I know almost nothing about the character of America Chavez, but after seeing this film I'm willing to check out more of her comics.
The visuals are still amazing. I think the visual effects team outdid themselves in this one. There's a scene where Strange and America Chavez are crossing Multiverses and it tops the trippy scene in the first film. I mean it. This was hella trippy. I'd be down watching it again in 3D... or on acid.
Composer Danny Elfman teams up with Sam Raimi again and he gives an epic score. The best use of his music came during a fight Doctor Strange was involved in and it actually involved musical notes, and you can hear the score be affected by the fight. It was pretty much a battle between Beethoven and Bach. It was amazing. I was grinning like an idiot watching that scene and hearing the music play out.
I do have a major gripe against a certain character in this movie: the villain. No, the villain is not lame in any way. In fact you might be surprised who the villain is. For the sake of not spoiler the movie I won't identify the character or by any certain pronouns. Let's just say that their actions throughout the movie have made me grow to hate that character. To clarify, there's nothing really wrong with the villain. The character is very well written and you do understand their motivations and what is driving them. It's just that some of the things they say to Doctor Strange like calling him a hypocrite despite the shit they pulled before.
Man, this is really hard to explain without spoiling it. Tell you what, if you've seen this movie and know who I am referring to, please send a me a message and I'll freely talk about why this character pissed me off every time they were on screen. For now, let's just say that their actions is similar to something they did in another MCU property, and just like that one they never received any repercussions for their actions (sorta).
There's also some cheesy moments scattered here and there. I mean, I expected as much from Sam Raimi movie, not so much from an MCU movie though. Honestly it doesn't take me out of the movie. Some cheese is good.
Overall Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness is another solid entry to the MCU. In my opinion, it's not as good as the first film but it's a good sequel that's fascinating and fun.
-Character development & dynamics
-Dark, horror elements
-Danny Elfman's score
-The villain's logic
Final Grade: B
So those are my thoughts on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts on it? What do you think your alternative universe self is doing right now? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews here on Prose!
Doctor Strange: "Red means go?"
America Chavez: "Rule No. 1 about Multiversal travel: you don't know anything."
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Harry Situation Reviews: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Gotta go fast... again!
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the newest video game movie featuring the return of everyone's favorite blue hedgehog. In this adventure, Sonic is enjoying his time on Earth with his new family, the Wachowskis (James Marsden and Tika Sumpter reprising their roles). But things get complicated when Dr. Robotnik (reprised by Jim Carrey) returns to seek his revenge, but this time he's not alone. On his one quest to vanquish Sonic is the honorable warrior Knuckles the Echidna (voiced by Idris Elba). However, Sonic is not alone in this new battle, aided by his new friend, the ever intelligent Tails the Flying Fox.
I enjoyed the first film, having it be the last film I saw in theaters for a while before lockdown began in 2020 (shit, that feels like a life time ago). I've also mentioned how the character and the games of Sonic the Hedgehog forever hold a special place in my heart. So I definitely was interested in checking out the second film, coming in with low expectations. And if I'm being honest, I think this film far succeeds over its predecessor in becoming the best video game movie ever made.
First positive goes to our three anthropomorphic main characters: Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. Let's start with Sonic. He's still awesome. The writers once again nailed his personality. He's cocky and free-spirited, and still has a love for chili dogs. But he also knows when to get serious and is willing to do what is right.
Tails is also amazing in this movie. The writers nailed his character and his dynamic with Sonic. These two are not just friends, they're brothers. They have a special bond that has lasted for decades. What makes his character even better is that voice actress Colleen O'Shaughnessey reprises as the voice of Tails, having already voiced the character throughout the franchise.
They also nailed Knuckles as well. I'll admit I was a little sceptic when I first heard Idris Elba was cast as the talking echidna. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Idris Elba. I just thought they casted him because they just needed an excuse to cast a big name actor into this movie. Thankfully Idris Elba nailed it as Knuckles. And Knuckles, in this movie, is awesome.
And of course the other big positive is the main villain, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. Jim Carrey is still an absolute delight here. If you loved him in the last movie you'll love him more in this one. With the announcement that Jim Carrey is retiring from acting, it's hard to imagine that this is going to be his last film. But hey, it's a helluva film to go out on.
The rest of the cast is great too. I love the return of James Marsten and Tika Sumpter. And I love their own dynamic with Sonic. Plus, I loved their screen time. They had the right amount of balance sharing the screen with the animated characters that it didn't feel like they took too much screen time but they weren't completely left out of the movie. It was perfectly balanced, as all things should be.
The visuals in this film look downright amazing. Much better than its predecessor. When the characters are on screen it doesn't look like cartoons phoned into the foreground. They legit look like they are a part of the world. Although I cannot help but think back to how they originally animated Sonic. Remember that nightmare fuel? Ick, think about if they applied that to Knuckles and Tails. Bottom line, the visual effects look much better.
This is also a very funny movie, I have to admit. There were so many jokes that had me laughing pretty hard. They weren't cringey at all. They were legit.
Overall, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is an absolute blast that I don't have much to complain about. I would say that the only gripe against the movie was that it did feel a little long. I mean this movie was a little over two hours. I felt like it was going to end some time but it wasn't over yet. But honestly if the runtime is the only thing I can think of as a negative that really isn't much. These Sonic the Hedgehog movies are proving to be the best video game movies out there. Honestly this movie is just a ton of fun, and that's all it needs to be. If video game movies start having this much fun then they may have a chance.
-The whole cast
-All out fun
-A bit too long
Final Grade: A
So those are my thoughts on Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts on it? What's your favorite Sonic the Hedgehog game? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more review here on Prose!
Tails: "You're really heavy."
Knuckles: "That's because I am one million percent muscle."
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Harrys Situation Reviews: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
There weren't many crimes in the last film so expect very little secrets in this one.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the third installment of the expansive world of Harry Potter, created by transphobic author J.K. Rowling. David Yates returns to the Wizarding World once more as the director, with the aforementioned Rowling returning as the screenwriter. Speaking of returns, Eddie Redmayne reprises as Newt Scamander, Jude Law reprises as Dumbledore, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone, Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander, and now featuring Mads Mikkelsen as the dark wizard Grindelwald.
Continuing after the last Fantastic Beasts film, Grindelwald prepares to start his war with the muggle world by trying to claim leadership over the wizardry world. While Dumbledore cannot make a move against his old friend he assembles a team consisting of magical zoologist Newt Scamander, his Auror brother Theseus, and his muggle friend Jacob Kowalski in order to stop Grindelwald's war from coming.
Despite J.K. Rowling revealing herself to be a transphobic, cold-hearted bitch I do love the Harry Potter franchise. Unfortunately, these recent Fantastic Beast films hasn't been doing it for me.
Addressing the positives first the cast is excellent. That's the one thing that these Fantastic Beast films have going for them. Each film has a great cast and they all deliver solid performances. The best of the bunch, I'd say, is Jude Law as a younger Dumbledore and Mads Mikkelsen for his take as Grindelwald. With Jude Law I can definitely see a young Dumbledore. He acts exactly as I pictured Dumbledore from the books and how he's portrayed in the Harry Potter films. As for Mads Mikkelsen, he's great. Honestly I think Mads Mikkelsen is a better choice to play Grindelwald over Johnny Depp. If any is still complaining about the recasting keep in mind that technically three different actors have played the character of Grindelwald in each movie. Take all the time you need.
But in all seriousness Mads Mikkelsen was excellent. He pretty much carried the movie on his shoulders. He made me believe that this is who Grindelwald is in the eyes of the public versus Johnny Depp's unusual appearance. With Mikkelsen I can understand why people would follow him. There's power in his words and he's very charismatic. Johnny Depp, god I don't know what they were trying to do with him. He just looked off in that movie if I'm being completely honest.
The visuals are pretty solid too. I mean, I can't complain much about it. I also don't have more to say on the subject either. Honestly, it's a weak positive. Like, shit, do you expect the visuals to get worse in each film?
Now let's address the negatives starting with the story. The story in this movie is not very good. Basically the good guy's plot to stop the BBEG is to present an animal that can see someone's soul and knows if someone is purely good. I mean, that's it. The rest of the movie is just shit happens because Rowling just needed shit to happen. If anything it really shows that Rowling is not a screen writer.
I'll give credit to the first Fantastic Beasts it was trying to be its own thing separated from Harry Potter, and I enjoyed that. But with these two other films—the fact that they incorporate Dumbledore's backstory, Grindelwald, and other lore that doesn't match up to what's established—felt like they should have been something else, meaning they should not have had Newt Scamander and co. forced into these situations that they probably wouldn't find themselves to be in. My friend said it best that it probably would have been more interesting if all the Grindelwald stuff was its own set of movies without it having to connect to the Fantastic Beasts stuff, and I definitely agree.
Not to mention but this movie was so long with nothing really important happening through much of the runtime that it was a slow drag. This movie, like the last, was sadly boring.
But what I think gets me is that I feel there's a lack of inspiration in these movies, in terms of creating the material. When you look at the Harry Potter movies you can see there's a ton of inspiration and a ton of creativity. With the Harry Potter movies it was a different ride every time. It was a roller coaster, then a haunted house, and then a Ferris wheel. Those movies were a blast. These new Fantastic Beasts movies is much like being on the same Ferris wheel five or six times and wanting to be let off the damn thing. There's no real inspiration or creativity to be had with these movies. I'm wondering if it's because Warner Bros. is sucking out all creativity by milking the Harry Potter franchise further or if J.K. Rowling is just running out of ideas (or never really had good ideas when she started writing these Fantastic Beasts movies). Whatever the reason is it's clearly effecting the Fantastic Beast trilogy in a negative way.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was fun. This film not so much. It's a dull experience that's losing its magic (pun not intended).
-Long and boring
-Lack of inspiration
Final Grade: C-
So those are my thoughts on Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts on it? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews here on Prose!
Credence Barebone: "Have you ever thought about me?"
Aberforth Dumbledore: "Always."
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Chapter 7: Mana (Chronicles of Time)
Akira had just recently enrolled into the same high school as the others under the pretext of “a genius young and mature student” just so he isn’t stuck at home alone, and it went well. He played the role perfectly, and there were no flaws - besides his constant and relentless fights with Yuu’s rude comments daily. All the students admired him just as much as they did with the others, and because he looked so young - they were regularly impressed by his formal and precise answers during class. His image of a “good student'' was forever implanted in their minds. Within a few weeks of attending school, he was now one of the most entrenched people of popularity.
Natsumi broached the subject of this “unexpected” reaction to the others. “Don’t you think it's weird that we’re getting more attention than before?”
“Not really,” Himari answered. “I mean, have you seen how much attention and affection Yuu has been gaining lately? I heard that the girls are planning on starting a whole fan club for him!”
Yuu scoffed. “As if you can talk. I heard the boys were also planning on creating a whole little fan club for you two as well.”
“I-I didn’t know we were so popular.” Natsumi blinked in astonishment.
“You never realized?” Sora eyed her with an expression that said ‘are-you-serious?’.
Natsumi turned a blind eye to his comment. “Anyways, so I heard there’s a new dessert shop that opened near the train station lately. You wanna go try it out?”
“Are you alright?” She stretched out her hand kindly to the little girl who fell in front of her. “Are you hurt anywhere?”
The younger girl stared at her with wonder then broke out of her daze. “Ah! I-I’m sorry. Y-you’re just really beautiful, onee-san!”
She blushed as she helped the staggering girl up. “Th-thank you.”
Her amber eyes twinkled. “Onee-san, do you live nearby?”
“Yup, I frequently come to this park, do you?”
“Nope! I only came because Hikaru took me here! But I drifted apart from him somehow so…”
The sudden realization hit her and she turned pale. Trembling, she suddenly burst into tears.
“W-what’s wrong?” The older girl asked. Her purple hair shifted around while she panicked about how to console the child. Even though they looked to be about the same age, she didn’t have any experience in comforting a crying child.
“What do I do? I-I’m lost!” She wailed. Her shoulders shook uncontrollably, and she sniffled between each sentence. “What will I do? H-Hikaru…he will get so mad! I-I bet he’s going to - sniff - get so - ngh - scary! H-He won’t get a-any icecream for me anymore!”
She blinked, visibly confused.
‘She was worried about that?’ She screamed inside her mind. Well it wasn’t like she couldn’t comprehend how the girl felt. Ice cream is really delicious after all! And besides, it is Summer and the heat waves were pretty bad. Only ice cream is the cure for the scorching hot temperature.
She held onto the girl’s hand firmly and seated her on the swings. Taking out a napkin, she wiped away her tears delicately.
“There, there,” she said softly, “I’ll help you. Do you remember the place where you and that other boy were before?”
“A- a little,” she sniffled, “I-I think I can remember if we walk around a bit. M-maybe it’ll come to me somehow!”
“T-that’s a great idea!” She smiled brightly, relieved to see the girl no longer crying so pitifully.
They intertwined their hands again, and began walking out of the park. After asking for a description of the places she’s been to, they did their best to narrow down the possible locations. After a while, they took a break - exhausted from all the walking, they took a seat near the side of the cement path. The blazing sun beamed down at them, making them sweat.
The little girl decided to break the silence after a while. “...hey, onee-san, do you have anyone you like?”
“Anyone I like?” She repeated the question, confused as to why such an unrelated question popped up. “I…don’t have anyone I really like yet.”
“Oh, is that so?” A hint of disappointment could be heard in her tiny voice. “Well, I do think we’re too young to be in love.”
“But…isn’t it fun to imagine it? The future, I mean.” She stood up and spread her arms open. “Wouldn’t that be fun? Being with someone whom you share feelings with, having children, then coming home everyday to see people waiting for you- isn’t that great?”
She never really thought about it before, but what the girl said did sound reasonable. It also sounded familiar, and reawakened her past emotions.
“Like…having a family?”
She smiled to herself. She almost forgot what it felt like when her parents were still alive. She could recall some hazy memories of warm smiles, and -
“Akari!” a boy’s voice called out from a distance. The little girl stood up, and waved energetically.
“I’m here! Hikaru, over here!”
“Hold on, I’m coming!” The boy’s figure approached slowly as he ran towards them.
“Then I’ll take my leave now! Thank you onee-san!” She turned to leave but then stopped. “Um…will we meet again?”
She hesitated to reply. “...Let’s see.”
“Then can you tell me your name, onee-san?”
“My name is…”
She waved goodbye to the girl. After a few minutes, she could no longer see the girl’s figure and turned to leave.
Her ears ringed, and her head felt just awful! Her vision spun, and the whole room looked distorted as she groaned. She put a hand to her forehead to confirm if she was ill only to find herself completely free from a fever. The bed felt warm but was empty when she looked around expecting to find Akira and Himari asleep next to her.
“Ugh!” She groaned as a shockwave of pain ran through her body. Just what was happening? She was perfectly fine yesterday!
She struggled to get out of bed and when she managed to place one feet on the floor, she fell. A strong force momentarily seized her, and she erupted into a fit of coughs.
“What…the heck!” She panted, overwhelmed by the sudden drastic progression. Her legs trembled so much that when she tried to stand, her strength would give away as if she was made of jelly. She used her arms to hold onto the bed, and pulled herself up onto the sheets once again and sat straight. She felt so drained after accomplishing so little, only to end up back where she started.
“Natsumi, Akira and Sora left first since they have - are you okay?” Himari exclaimed with worry at the sight of her friend’s pale figure when she entered the room in her school uniform. She rushed immediately towards her and held her hand. “Y-you’re not having a fever, that’s for sure.”
“I-I’m…alright,” cold sweat broke out, and she winced when another wave of pain washed over her.
“Y-Yuu!” Himari called out urgently. Her mind was tossed into a chaos. Not sure what to do, she called for the first person that came to mind.
‘S-surely he knows how to fix this!’
In a flash, he appeared out of nowhere. “What happened?” After a glance at Natsumi’s face, he quickly caught up with the situation. He hurried towards her, and pressed his forehead against hers. Her face immediately turned red at the physical contact. “You’re burning up.”
“What?” Himari said, doubting his words. “But she felt so cold! How could she be burning up?”
“That’s not what I meant,” Yuu said briefly. “Your mana is rising for some reason, and it’s overflowing. At this rate, your whole body would be consumed.”
“What..will…happen…then?” Natsumi looked up with hazy eyes that had a hint of fear. She felt suffocated, and every cell of her body screamed and howled in pain. It felt as if a large sharp object penetrated her, and acted insidiously. She was happy that she found out she even had magic, but it was the complete opposite from what she expected.
He hesitated to answer.
“Hey…what will happen?” Himari looked at him, apprehensive of what he was about to say.
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Harry Situation Reviews: Morbius
Morbius is the new superhero film by Marvel and Sony as part of their own Spider-Man Cinematic Universe. It stars Jared Leto as the titular vampiric hero, along with Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Tyreese Gibson, and Jared Harris.
The story centers on Dr. Michael Morbius, a brilliant scientist and physician who has been suffering from a rare blood disease since childhood. Desperate for a cure he begins to experiment on himself with the use of vampire bats. The experiment seems successful but not without some side effects. He has gained near supernatural abilities such as superhuman strength, flight, and echo location sense similar to a bat. However he begins to hunger for human blood, morphing him into a vampiric monstrosity. Can Morbius control his darker half or succumb to the monster within?
Morbius is an interesting character in Marvel comics. First starting off as an antagonist in The Amazing Spider-Man comics to gradually becoming an anti-hero later on, teaming up with the Avengers and the Midnight Sons. I was definitely excited for this while also remaining skeptical. I mean did we really need a Morbius movie? Regardless, we got one, and it was super disappointing.
The first—and probably only positive—thing about this movie are the performances. Jared Leto seemed like a good fit as Dr. Morbius. He did a better job in this role than as the Joker in Suicide Squad. At the very least he didn't do much of his standard weird-ass method acting, so that's good.
Rest of the cast do an exceptional job with what they're given. But I think the best out of the bunch was Matt Smith. He seemed to be having the time of his life portraying the villain in this movie. I don't think I'm spoiling anything by stating that. I mean it's pretty obvious that he was going to be the main antagonist.
Sadly a good cast and good performances cannot save a bland story. It's the typical superhero origin story we've witnessed for the past two decades and ultimately does nothing new with it. You know exactly what I'm talking about. The protagonist gets super powers. His rival gets similar powers. There's a big battle. The end. The only difference is there's no sky laser this time.
And you'd be surprised how fast all these cliches happen in this movie because it is so rushed. I think the movie was barely a half hour in and Morbius is already experimenting on himself with the cure to his disease. And then afterwards he goes on a killing spree. Speaking of, there are several elements that the movie seems to gloss over like with Morbius' childhood or that he won a Nobel prize or the fact that he created artificial blood, which that alone raises a number of questions unless you're familiar with the comics.
I also cannot help but notice that there were scenes in the trailers that were cut from the movie. For example, the scene where Morbius is talking to Jared Harris isn't in the final cut. The scene where Morbius is singing that famous Bach composition isn't in the final cut. Also, that scene where Michael Keaton's Vulture from the MCU says "What's up, doc?" isn't in the final cut either.
And let's not forget the CGI. Good god, the CGI. Now I'm not say it's terrible. In fact there are some that holds up pretty well, like Morbius' vampire face. Yet other times it looks very awkward and pretty bad. Like super obvious CGI bad. And it's not helped by the awkward slow motion they also incorporate into the movie too. I thought we were done with that shit in the early 2010s.
Ultimately what does this movie in is that it is boring. The action isn't exciting. The horror elements it incorporates are lackluster. The fights are nothing more than a CGI blur that you cannot make out what is happening.
Overall this movie was a letdown. Delay after delay, followed by a review embargo, was already a red flag that the studio had little faith. I don't know what more to say but don't watch it. It's bad. Not the worst Marvel film I've seen but it's up there.
-Awkward CG & slow motion
Final Grade: D
So those are my thoughts on Morbius. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts on it? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews here on Prose!
Michael Morbius: "I've seen this movie before. The stranger in the hoodie kicks everybody's ass. I love that part."
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