Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Make Me a Horror Movie

The pretext for jumping around alternate worlds is the appearance of America Chavez (Zochitel Gomez) – an energetic teenager who is able to open passages between dimensions. Someone is chasing her to steal her power – and whoever falls into the wrong hands means big trouble. Smelling a powerful magic, Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) seeks help from Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) – a former Avengerka who is recovering from the events of the series. “WandaVision”. It’s time to start your multidimensional adventure.

Initially, the “Multiverse of Madness” was to be produced by Scott Derrickson, the creator of the first part of “Strange”. However, due to creative differences, he left the director’s chair and took his place Sam Raimi. For fans of superhero cinema, this name cannot be strange. Raimi gave us the Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, the first two of which were milestones for the genre (let’s forget the third).

However, the adventures of an arrogant magician are closer to the director’s other works – more precisely “The dead evil” And “Back to Hell”. Al Remy narrates the language of horror, twists perspective, trawls the camera deep into characters, frightens minor jump scares and bends the PG-13 age group to the limits of decency. There are no gory effects in the movie, but don’t be fooled – it’s undoubtedly the wildest version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the typical black humor of the creator of “The Simple Plan”.

Raimi competes with the horror movie subgenres. There are elements reminiscent of “The Ghost” by director Toby Hopper, before moving on to films about possessiveness, physical horror, and then zombie films. The creator of “Evil Dead” subtly plays with the cheapness associated with movie scarecrows and the unnaturalness of computer effects, a stigma in nearly every Marvel comics adaptation. All in the name of coolness. You can see that Raimi had a lot of fun on set. Fortunately, the audience plays with him during the show. The director also had interesting ideas for presenting the strength of the following characters. After all, Strange’s magic isn’t limited to photographing glowing streamers.

Unfortunately, Multiverse of Madness stops working when the creators remember that their movie is part of a larger entity. One of the weakest scenes in theory should be a gift for comic book fans. In practice, it turns out to be a stark display of the rules of a particular incident, which – which is very possible – will return during the next movie event. It’s a bit like Thor’s bath and the visions in the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ad for “War Without Borders” – just as blunt and slightly readable. With the producers handing the reins over to Raimi, the narrative appears to be losing momentum. Over time, the story gets back on track, but it’s hard not to pretend that at the aforementioned moment, the story train almost never derailed.

Fortunately, even in the weakest moments, the actors save the situation. America ChavezAlthough it’s primarily a fictional lock game, it turns out to be so cute that I’d be happy to see it in future productions. Benedict Cumberbatch He has proven once again that he is the greatest arrogant in the room who must admit that sometimes he is wrong or there is another way out.

However, he turned out to be the star of production Elizabeth Olsen, who played the Scarlet Witch for the seventh time (including in the episode of “The Winter Soldier”). The actress managed to spread her wings only in “WandaVision”, and “Multiwersum madę” continues its powerful tour. I managed to squeeze more than it might seem into a humorous and often incoherent scenario.

Olsen perfectly captures all the feelings of the heroine of her novel, and a slight frown or a look of longing gives her the power of a cry of helplessness. Her Wanda can be funny, desperate and – here’s a surprise – really scary. Besides the ending, she confirmed her status as the most interesting character in the MCU.

Despite some concessions, Remy’s return to superhero cinema turned out to be quite successful. The director did not allow himself to be dominated by a media juggernaut, creating an original work that interestingly reconciles horror cinema with the adventures of heroes in colorful clothes. He managed to get away from clichés even in the last moments, which were usually the weakest element in later parts of the cinematic universe. I sincerely hope this isn’t his last adventure with the Marvel universe. The fact that our heroes will return sooner or later is beyond doubt.

8/10

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), Der. Sam Raimi, USA 2022, Distribution: Disney, Theatrical premiere: May 6, 2022

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