Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Rating 3.5/5 & Rating
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESSthe 28thth Movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is slated to hit the big screen this weekend. The film advances the Marvel saga, introducing some new characters and revisiting some of the old ones. But will this new film keep up with previous films in the MCU or will it offer a new take, with new superheroes advancing the story, that’s what we’re analyzing.
A few months after the events of SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME , DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS follows Dr. Stephen Strange, who casts a forbidden spell to erase Spider-Man’s identity from people’s minds. However, things spiral out of control when the spell opens the door to the multiverse. With alternate versions of various characters being able to cross between timelines and universes, Strange must deal with the aftermath. However, things come to a head when an alternate version of himself poses the greatest threat to humanity. Will the combined powers of Strange, Wong and Wanda Maximoff be enough to save this reality, or will they be overwhelmed, that defines the rest of the film.
Right at the start, the viewer is informed that unlike the previous MCU films, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS will see darker characters and progenitors on screen. So buckle up and get ready for a roller coaster ride. The film begins with a basic introduction to the main characters of Doctor Strange aka Stephen Strange, America Chavez and Wanda Maximof aka Scarlet Witch. Once set up, viewers are introduced to the multiverse and what happened after the sequences in Spider-Man.
The beginning of the film is a bit slow, but the pace picks up towards the break. Despite this, there are several instances where the viewer loses connection, causing the on-screen display to become a sideshow. These cases act as major disadvantages that detract from the film. After the break, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS manages to save the day, with more action and a faster pacing the movie manages to get the audience’s attention back. Unfortunately, it goes downhill towards the climax, with certain sequences seeming too drawn out. Better editing could have saved the situation and cut the overall running time by a few minutes. What to Expect DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS has some good moments, gossip-worthy sequences, and jump scares that are sure to rouse viewers.
Performance wise, Benedict Cumberbatch has done well in his role as Doctor Strange, as is Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlett Witch/Wanda Maximof. Especially since she mostly shows up. Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez did well, while seemingly underutilized she manages to shine in her limited role. As for the others, they all did their best to fulfill their respective roles. Rachel McAdams has a much more substantial role compared to her role in the previous DOCTOR STRANGE film.
Director Sam Rami did an exceptionally good job with the film. Although he faced the challenge of merging different realities and story versions into a single linear plot, he did an excellent job at storytelling. With dark and heavy moments well laced with humor and light-hearted banter, Rami makes the film easy to watch. For the MCU fans, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS has its share of Easter eggs and callback references to movies and comics that come as a pleasant surprise. A special mention needs to be made here about the background score. Helping Rami deliver a visual treat is the audio score that delights. With well modulated highs and crescendos building, the climax was perfect, which Danny Elfman had pulled off exceedingly well. Worthy of note is a crucial sequence featuring musical instruments and an audio track that follows the on-screen events precisely. Both Rami and Elfman did an excellent job of coordinating them.
John Mathieson did equally well with the cinematography, which presents the visuals developed by Michael Waldron, who adapted Stan Lee’s and Steve Ditko’s work from the comics. While there would of course be more to the comics, Waldron has touched on everything that is important for the future films.
Overall, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS is definitely a must-see. Gripping, visually stunning, dark and yet humorous, the film takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride. For a Marvel fan, this film is almost a taste of what to expect from future MCU releases. However, the lengthy sequences and pacing problems damage the viewer’s interest considerably. The film will do well at the box office, especially with a fairly clear run. However, don’t expect it to keep up with the business of the recently released SPIDER-MAN movie.