Review of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Director Sam Raimi brilliantly introduces horror to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen is a must-see.
Sam Raimi was most known for the Evil Dead franchise, which is considered a milestone in the horror genre, before reviving the superhero genre with the Tobey Maguire-starrer Spider-Man series. As a result, when the filmmaker joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, he blends heroic action with mind-numbing horror. And he does it well in a picture that mixes the thrills of the superhero genre with the shivers of horror while still focusing on the most crucial component of storytelling: ensuring that it is human at its core.
In a nutshell, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) tries to limit the effects of his multiverse-fracturing spell in the Multiverse of Madness, which picks up where Spider-Man: No Way Home left off. It also takes inspiration from three Marvel web series: WandaVision, What If…?, and Loki. Stephen Strange is still haunted by the Pandora’s Box he opened in No Way Home. He now has to preserve the Multiverse before something (or someone) disastrous happens. America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenager with the capacity to move between realities, is assisting him in this endeavour.
WandaVision, like the original Doctor Strange, was a visual treat. Of course, a big-budget project about sorcerers and witches should look fantastic. That is Doctor Strange 2’s unique selling point. It’s one of the most visually stunning MCU flicks ever. Fans were concerned about ‘poor CGI’ after seeing a recent trailer, but the film dispels all such anxieties. It’s not all CGI and action, though. The Multiverse of Madness works because it is, at its core, a novel about human emotions, which it expertly explores. ‘Am I happy?’ is a question that Strange addresses. or Wanda, pondering the question of ‘how far is too far to attain what you want?’ And America, who is attempting to reconcile her feelings of dread and guilt. The script has brought these feelings to the surface, allowing the CGI to enhance rather than obscure them.
The primary cast’s performances are the cherry on top of a wonderful dessert. As Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch is effortless—as are all the Stranges, to be precise. The Oscar nominee demonstrates why he is so well-liked in this picture. According to reports, he will be the centrepiece of the MCU moving forward, and this film reflects that. America Chavez, played by Xochitl Gomez, is a welcome addition to the franchise, and she performs admirably despite being surrounded by talented performers. But it’s Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda/Scarlet Witch, who steals the show. If you thought her performance in WandaVision was impressive, wait till you witness her take it to the next level. She perfectly blends the agony of a mother with the threat of a mad supernatural entity.