Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: it is not from today that Marvel Cinematic Universe films generally feel like a stair treadmill: they pretend they are going up, but not really going anywhere. Sam Raimi’s entry is another one of those, with an added dose of irrelevance: the idea of a multiverse gives an excuse to create storylines and characters with no real impact or emotional investment. To make matters worse, this film uses the least interesting variant of the idea; Loki had a broader, more diverse application within the same universe, and so did Spider-Man: No Way Home. Elizabeth Olsen creates a very good and powerful villain, starting from a known character with a clear and relatable goal behind her actions. Benedict Cumberbatch, as the powerful and arrogant protagonist, is quite good. Benedict Wong makes a good and funny sidekick, while Xochitl Gomez leaves a good impression as the newly introduced hero. It is a pity the story is such a mess because aesthetically this ranks up in the MCU: the special effects are very effective, cinematographer John Mathieson’s camerawork is very dynamic, production designer Charles Wood creates some nice-looking worlds, and the film has a bit of a horror film sensibility to it (which includes violence). Also, this film has one of the most original concepts of a fight in the franchise, which make use of special effects and Danny Elfman’s music in a very interesting way.
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