‘Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse Of Madness‘ is the continuation of the adventures of the master of the mystical arts within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This film is listed as 28th feature film from the MCU and it’s directed by none other than Sam Raimi, the director of the original Spider-Man trilogy, the franchise’evil Dead‘ or ‘Darkman‘, to name only these films. A very interesting choice from Marvel Studios since Sam Raimi’s filmography revolves mainly around horror and the macabre. But then, what is this film worth?
A dip in the multiverse
Some might be discouraged from watching this film because one might think that it is essential to have seen the series like ‘Wanda Vision‘, ‘Loki‘, ‘what if‘ or the last 27 movies… Don’t worry, you can watch this movie easily, only… You’ll miss a few references or nice winks. Obviously, you have to have seen at least the film ‘Doctor Strange‘ or having followed the latest Avengers films to understand the evolution of the characters and the challenges they face. But overall, a casual viewer will have no great difficulty following the story.
Lightly touched upon in the first movie, then introduced in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home‘, this sequel plunges us directly into the multiverse, with the introduction of a new character: America Chavez, interpreted by the young actress Xochitl Gomez. An important character in this film since she has the ability to generate portals to other universes.
Sam Raimi: master of horror?
This film also marks the return of Sam Raimi behind the camera. The latter hadn’t made a superhero movie since the controversial ‘Spider Man 3‘. And frankly, what a pleasure to find him. What is particularly satisfying is the fact that he was able to transcribe on screen all his love for the horror genre but also for the superhero genre. Which then gives a rather original and sometimes even delirious mixture. Especially since horror isn’t something you see very often, so to speak, not at all in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Of course, everyone has their own sensitivity to this genre but, although this film is classified as “All Audiences“, it would be inadvisable to go there with your children under ten years old, because certain scenes can be quite… confusing. Either way, this film will meet the expectations of fans, who have been hoping for a slightly more mature production since ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘ Where ‘Avengers: Endgame‘. And fans of Sam Raimi’s films will be delighted to see an achievement of his own: with breathtaking shots and very impressive special effects, with an omnipresent camera game.
A story of wizards and witches.
In this opus, we find Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Stephen Strange and Elizabeth Olsen, back in the skin of the Scarlet Witch, after her Marvel series: ‘Wanda Vision‘. We have the opportunity to see a close-knit duo, each going through trials that are both moral and physical. Adding the character of America Chavez only raises the stakes and takes our heroes down unexpected and dangerous paths. We can note a certain parallel between Wanda Maximoff and Stephen Strange which is essential in the film; that of corrupting desire. The idea that an obsession corrupts their ideals and they will have to, in some way, face themselves in order to become better.
” Be careful cause your desires can be your downfall. »
– Doctor Strange in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home‘.
The few not so catastrophic flaws.
However, this film is not without flaws. Scenes can sometimes seem too fast or others that might have needed a little more development, but everything remains very correct and very well paced. Another point that seems a little disappointing is at the level of the soundtrack. Where composer Michael Giacchino brilliantly managed to deliver a striking theme for our Sorcerer in the first film, Danny Elfman had a quieter, less punchy theme. Which is quite paradoxical because he is the composer of ‘Spiderman‘ (2002) and ‘Spider Man 2‘ (2004), which marked a whole generation with its soundtrack, which, we can say, is a masterpiece.
Well, we quibble a bit but that won’t prevent you from having a great time, far from it.
An original, touching and remarkable film.
At the beginning of phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sam Raimi was able to bring a touch of freshness to this universe in total expansion. ‘Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse Of Madness’ is a film that deals with a fundamental aspect of life: love. And no matter how powerful, indomitable, or determined one may be, every human being remains fallible. This is what this film managed to show, while pleasing fans of comics (with breathtaking appearances) and cinema.
I highly recommend that you go see it because it’s “madness”.