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I'm not sure if the sheer volume of comic book movies has gotten to me or if I'm becoming more critical of the seemingly watered-down collective product. At my most optimistic, making a high-budget blockbuster film based on a D-level Marvel character could not have been done much better. "Doctor Strange" had to be an original story too, so the level of adventure was going to be limited by the requirement to explain how he became Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch is a perfect Doc. The action scenes are top notch and had me thinking what a great movie the Wachowskis could have made with this subject matter. And knowing where the integration of Doc in the Marvel Universe will be going, I am excited for future encounters with him. That being said, this movie isn't particularly great. It has an unusually high satisfaction rating, which makes me think Marvel has controlled their brand so well, they simply cannot do any wrong. Doctor Strange is the worst Marvel Studios has made thus far. That is how high the bar is. It wasn't an awful movie, but it was average, which is what we have not come to expect from Mighty Marvel. It's not Suicide Squad bad, but it is as good as it could have been.
This contains semi-spoilers, so if you haven't seen it, don't read.
Ok...so the trailers for "The Accountant" had me interested from minute one, but after seeing ~50% on Rotten Tomatoes, I was a little worried. However, I ventured out this evening and saw it anyway. I wasn't disappointed. I'm not sure if it was lowered expectations or what, but I left pleasantly surprised at what I just saw.
Let me just get it out of the way...I've never liked Ben Affleck much. I'm sure he's a good ole guy and all, but he's consistently been one of the worst actors in the modern era. This movie cast him perfectly. Wooden. Emotionless. Very little in the way of dialogue. Perfect. He's got the intellectual-yet-tough look that this character needed. He even looked dumb quite easily when the script called for it. That being said, bravo Ben.
As for the story, I went back and forth all during the movie because certain elements were easy as hell to figure out, perhaps intentionally, but by the end, it unraveled in a way that still surprised me in certain ways. It wasn't as simple as I had thought it was while watching. No, it wasn't "Silence of the Lambs," but it wasn't that different in ease as "Seven" was.
Either way, I guessed the part about the brother from minute one. Same with John Lithgow. However, I was grossly incorrect in guessing JK Simmons' true role in the film and was quite surprised when he was unveiled to be whom he was. And the end, like I said, really came out of nowhere. But in a good way. The action scenes were also very well choreographed and filmed, worthy of a theater's surround sound system.