Sunday, May 15, 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Movie Review

Benedict Cumberbatch & Rachel McAdams (r) star in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Strange, but in a Good Way

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: In Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary. Directed by Sam Raimi.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams.

What's Good: Strange (Cumberbatch) promises Wanda (Olsen) to "get you back on a lunch box," and sure enough, the latter earns that distinction and a lot more. Olsen manages to upstage Marvel's mystical wonder, especially as Scarlet Witch, perhaps Marvel's (newest) most powerful superhero. Cumberbatch deserves credit also, delivering a lot more humor and panache (he definitely knows how to make an exit) while proving, "he's not like all the other Stephens." Raimi moves things along nicely, making great use of 3D effects (and I'm usually not a fan.)

What's Not: I fell asleep. Granted, it was only for 5-10 minutes, but still. I was able to follow along for most of the movie, but it's a big ask to stay "tuned in" for over two hours, when you're popping in and out of multiverses. This Marvel franchise might be the hardest one to follow.

Budget: $200 million

Runtime: 126 minutes (about 15 too long.)

Target Audience: Marvel fans.

Bottom Line: To be honest, I didn't plan on seeing the Multiverse of Madness, yet alone in 3D, but sleepy Sundays (when your girlfriend is out of town) can lead to all sorts of surprises, and I'm happy to say this turned out to be a pleasant one. It's a bit long, and ultimately confusing, but fun and pretty to look at (especially in the aforementioned 3D.) It could benefit from a few less cameos (although I'm sure most would disagree) and an even simpler story, but as far as mindless Marvel summer blockbusters go, it's worth watching.

GradeB- (Better than I expected.)