Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams
Movie Length: 2 hours 6 minutes
What it is: The sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange, this time Strange must save America Chavez from Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch who is attempting to be with her “children” who were last seen in WandaVision.
What Dan thought: I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you’re a fan of Sam Raimi’s work this felt like a love letter to some of his Evil Dead/Army of Darkness movies, but with an MCU twist to it.
Lets talk about the cast now starting with newcomer to the MCU (and Hollywood in general as her list of roles is very light) Xochitl Gomez. She was absolutely terrific in her role as America Chavez, while she didn’t have top billing in this movie I expect her to get that moving forward in other projects.
The returning main cast were terrific in reprising their roles from the previous MCU productions, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth both playing multiple versions of their characters (and some times fighting against their other versions). The rest of the main cast had smaller (but that’s not to say any less important), but they shined when they needed to.
The cinematography was terrific (thanks to Director of Photography John Mathieson) and some of the shots were trademark Raimi ones (if you’re familiar with his work, you’ll notice them).
If you didn’t know the score was from Danny Elfman you will after you hear it. He was a great choice for it, particularly in one scene that was all music and no dialogue…you’ll know what it was when you see/hear it.
Speaking of Raimi and his directing style it was said before the movie came out this was as close to a horror movie as one would get in the MCU so be warned. There are some jump scares, some nasty death scenes, and some of the scenes felt like they’d belong in his Evil Dead movies.
Dan’s Grade: A. The movie is a great return to the MCU, and while it is in the MCU for the most part it felt like a stand-alone movie that didn’t tie into much of the universe as a whole.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to open on May 6th.
Here’s our own Darren Shulman (along with Tracey) audio review of the movie: https://anchor.fm/darren-shulman/episodes/Doctor-Strange-e1i4p3c
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