Previous generations had Andrew Sarris or Pauline Kael to help them dissect film. After that, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert blazed their own trail through film criticism. Today? You get Jaden Smith, weighing in on Twitter following a screening of Marvel's Doctor Strange. And truthfully, what more do you need?
Jaden Smith, son of mega movie stars Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, admits in the previous Tweet that Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange blew him away. But it wasn't just that Smith was impressed by the visuals, enamored with the 3D, or swept up in the origin story of neurosurgeon turned superhero Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch). It's more that Jaden Smith swears he's going to change his lifestyle based on what he saw in the movie. "I'm going to dedicate the rest of my life to those practices," he states in the Tweet. Meaning, it's time for someone close to Jaden -- possibly his parents, who pretend for a living -- to sit down and explain to the boy that what he's seeing on the movie screen isn't real... and also isn't possible.
Jaden Smith's Twitter followers helped point that out to him:
While MANY others jumped on the fact that Jaden Smith is supporting a film that practiced whitewashing with its casting of The Ancient One (a traditionally Asian character who is played by Tilda Swinton in the film), even thought that "controversy" has been addressed over and over again by the cast, the director and the studio.
That's going to make for an uncomfortable conversation around the dinner table.
Doctor Strange is now in theaters. The fourteenth Marvel Studios movie, Doctor Strange introduces audiences to the Sorcerer Supreme, while also opening up the universe to a bold new corner involving magical realms and multi-dimensions. No matter how close to his heart Jaden Smith keeps the practices professed in the film, he'll never be able to manipulate the fabric of reality the way that the sorcerer's in the film are able to. But if I'm being totally honest, I do want to see him try.