Scott Derrickson

The London Sanctorum has fallen, I am here to Bargain

Well Marvel is back at it again. In 2008 they launched Iron Man. At the time a little known B Character to the majority of movie going audiences. And it was a massive hit. In 2011 they brought us Thor. Another unknown hero that once again was a hit. The in 2012 they did something none of us ever thought we would see. They brought together Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye on the big screen in a live action vision of The Avengers. But it did not end there. They made Ant Man a house hold name. And now they look to do the same with another of their long lived, but relative unknown, Doctor Strange.

The new film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton. It is directed by Scott Derrickson. The story follows world renowned neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch). After a tragic car accident he loses the use of his hands. He depletes all his options, until he is shown a new way. A way through the mystical Arts. Strange begins a journey to be the Sorcerer Supreme, but is confronted with an even more powerful being that threatens the fabric of reality.

First off, Marvel has done it again. They have done such a good job at bringing another character to life and into his public eye in a way that the majority of the movie going audiences will be able to get behind! While the history and story behind Doctor Strange is not easy to grasp, the film does very well at bringing it together pretty easy and pretty quickly.

First off the cast is all very functional. No that’s not a bad thing. They all do a great job. They bring the characters to life. What I mean by functional goes along with my thoughts of Thor and Iron Man, when I see RDJ, I see Tony Stark, when I see Hemsworth, I see Thor. I refer to them as those characters. When I see Cumberbatch, I’m still going to refer to him as Cumberbatch. And that is not a knock on him or the film. He is really good in this movie. It’s just not an iconic performance that he disappears into.

There was a lot of controversy behind the casting of Tilda Swinton, and I will say she was great in the role, but again, it was not an iconic performance. You could have casted someone closer to the characters Asian descent. But she was still good in the role. Rachel McAdams was also a good edition to the cast, but my favorite was Benedict Wong. Now he didn’t do anything special, he was just a fun character to have.

Mads Mikkelsen suffers from Marvel Villain disorder. Aside from Loki Marvel villains don’t historically live up to the hype. And Mads’ character suffers from it. He is fine in the role, and it builds to someone else, who I will talk about in my spoiler review on the Jackass Nation Podcast Channel. But the mark out, is Chiwetel Ejiofor. His take on Mordo could be the first and only, villain since Loki to really build on itself. I am excited for where this character goes.

The best thing about this film is the visuals. They are off the chain. It was absolutely stunning. It was really cool in IMAX 3D, and you guys know me; I’m not a fan of 3D. Now I hope to see it again before I record my spoiler review in normal, because I don’t know if it NEEDS to be seen in 3D. But I will say that I enjoyed it. The cinematography, whether it be the fight choreography, or the inceptionish like feel to it, is incredible.

Derrickson was obviously the perfect director for this film. You really feel his touch on it, and has the perfect hint of horror, mixed in with Marvel humor. Marvel does such a good job bringing the right directors in for each of their films. And Derrickson is once again an example of Marvel’s perfection.

While it is definitely not my favorite film in Marvel, it would probably wind up in the lower half, I still really enjoyed. There is no Jeebus Bonus for it, so it’s final Jeebus score is 3.5. But what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Doctor Strange? What is your favorite MCU film? Sound off in the comments below! And remember, It Is What It Is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 5 points with a .5 bonus. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Production. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 5.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil, the newest exorcism film from Scott Derrickson. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Eric Banal, Edgar Ramirez, Sean Harris, Olivia Munn, and Joel McHale. Follows the true events depicted in the book Beware the Night written by NYPD St. Ralphie Sarchie about events that he encountered while working for the NYPD police force. Going into he film I wasn’t aware that it was an exorcism film. I generally try to avoid exorcism films, they tend to be the same clichés and stories over and over. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Deliver Us From Evil follows NYPD St. Ralphie Sarchie(Bana) as he runs across a case that sends him into the realm of exorcism. He is joined by his partner(McHale) and they encounter the help of a Jesuit Priest(Ramirez). As the clues of possession begin to unravel, Sarchie must find away to not only stop this entity, but save his wife(Munn) and daughter as well.

The story isn’t anything new. Hard ass cop doesn’t believe in religion, has to forget all he thinks he knows to save the day. But this tome around it has a little twist that seems to make it work. I don’t know if it is a cop drama with an exorcism twist, or an Exorcism film with a cop twist. But whatever it is. It is very entertaining. All the characters are well written, and the performances are spot on. Watching the film, I didn’t even realize that Olivia Munn played the Sgt. wife. Seriously, I didn’t notice Olivia Munn. Olivia, Munn. I didn’t notice her, I just saw the character. I was afraid going in, that I wouldn’t be able to get Any Lee’s HULK out of my mind. The only other Eric Banal film I have seen. But again, Banal was hidden behind this tough New York Cop.

It’s not all good though. The film is jam-packed with horror film clichés. Every one in the book is here and in full force. Creek noises, scratches under the kids bed, flickering lights, flash lights cutting out at just the right moment. And Jump scares galore! Jump scares by cats, by creepy bloody people who aren’t there, by dead bodies, by lions(Yes lions) and bears(yes, bears) and dogs. Let me say something real quick too about jump scares. It is really annoying that directors expect us to believe dogs are completely silent until just that moment that they need jump out scare you and then bark continually. I think that is really becoming one of my biggest pet peeves about horror films.

Scott Derrickson does a great job at showing he is one the premier up and coming horror directors. And if you allow me to geek out for a moment. It was really cool knowing he’s directing this and he will be the director of the Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Dr. Strange.  The dark feel of the film felt perfect for what a Dr. Strange film should be. It’s also pretty cool that one of the possible, and rumored front runners for Dr. Steven Strange, Edgar Ramirez was in this film. They worked well together and I’m pretty excited for the possibility of what’s to come with these two.

Ok sorry, back to Deliver Us From Evil. I gave the film a Jeebus score of 4.0, a good time at the theater. It is dark, creepy, well acted, and well-directed. Go forth and see this film!