Tuesday, May 31, 2022

 

REVIEW: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – Two Stars

 

I AM someone who personally thinks that Marvel needs to calm down for a while. Despite that somewhat controversial opinion, I attended Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with the resolution of keeping a neutral mind. But, I can only give this review under the impression of someone who is not brushed up on the complete lore of the Marvel world.

In order to fully enjoy Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, you will need to be a die-hard fan with an almost comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of the Marvel universe, or multiverse, in this case. This is not the Marvel movie to go to if you are a complete novice to the Marvel franchise or even someone who might have an alright grasp on the concepts, like myself. Basically, it would be best if you were a walking, breathing Marvel encyclopedia to understand this film in its entirety, as parts left me scratching my head and wanting to know more.

 

‘While the performances were good, there’s only so much an actor can do to save a weak plot’

 

When the dimension jumping America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) is chased by forces who want to steal her powers, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch, naturally) is tasked with the job of protecting her. The chaos that ensues is fierce yet confusing. There is a solid likeness to ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’, which may be forgivable if there was a much longer time gap between these two movies. Sadly, only being released mere months from each other, there is too much similarity for me to withhold in such a short space of time. Two multiverse films in such quick succession is a lot and begs me to question why Marvel made this decision. The most straightforward answer I can assume is the merchandise that comes with these movies. Amp Doctor Strange up in two films within a few months, and people are bound to be screaming to buy more figures bearing Benedict Cumberbatch’s image.

 

 

I am sure there are Marvel superfans out there who adored this movie. It has undoubtedly been some time since Doctor Strange had his own standalone film, and fans will undoubtedly be happy to see him get some more screentime. However, I rolled my eyes at parts (like Rachel McAdams does in the movie). Cameos for the sake of cameos (more merchandising opportunities, perhaps?) left me annoyed. The actors’ performances save the film. However, it would have been great to see more of Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff. While the performances were good, there’s only so much an actor can do to save a weak plot, as I feel the actors had to deal with in this case. See this movie if you’re an all in Marvel fanatic. If you only have one toe in the water, give it a miss.

 

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