Marvel pits Scarlet Witch against Doctor Strange in crazy sequel

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Elizabeth Olsen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness / Marvel

Director Sam Raimi amps up the weird quotient by a few degrees in Disney’s 28th and final venture into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a messy, wacky ride that lacks emotional depth but provides a movie-time fun time as long as you eat your popcorn and don’t overthink it.

The film is dynamic, colorful and crazy as it pits Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) against Wanda the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in a fantastical battle of wits, witchcraft and sorcery that spans multiple universes and alternate timelines and includes a cast of look-alike characters with Olsen and Cumberbatch playing multiple versions of their characters.

You see, Wanda is starting to fracture parallel timelines as she seeks to reunite with her wish-conceived sons, Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne), who were featured on the Disney Plus streaming series.” WandaVision”.

Of course, it’s Doctor Strange’s job to keep him from altering reality with his partner Wong (Bendict Wong) and America Chavez (Xochiti Gomez), a new super human introduced in the film who has the ability to open star-shaped portals between parallel universes. .

Now, for comic book and sci-fi readers, this sort of thing is normal. How it goes with the four quadrants, mainstream Marvel movies will be interesting.

Raimi immerses the audience right in the middle of the action and explains as he goes along, which I found fascinating. The film never lingers. It scrolls through despite an inordinate amount of exposition by many characters. Danny Elfman’s wonderful score helps solidify that breakneck pace that keeps you from asking too many questions about what you’re seeing.

Like Marvel has done with most of its offerings, the movie is a spin on a classic movie genre. This time it’s horror. There are some PG-13 scares, scenery, and violence that some kids might find scary, but overall it’s mostly fun, even the gruesome parts.

The highlights of the film are the performances of Cumberbatch and Olsen. They are excellent in the roles of the arrogant master of the mystical arts and the powerful witch, who will stop at nothing to find her children. Rachel McAdams is also compelling in her return as Christine Palmer, Doctor Strange’s former lover.

The film contains a number of cameos from several Marvel characters, some of which were hinted at or outright revealed during the marketing of the film. They should be enjoyable enough for fans of superhero comics and movies, but the interlude that includes them detracts from most of the story.

However, the main weakness of the film is that it has prerequisites to fully enjoy it. Not only should viewers watch the first ‘Doctor Strange’ movie, but also the Disney Plus series ‘WandaVision’ and the ‘What if’ animation to get the full impact of the film.

I personally enjoyed the flow of this story from the “WandaVision” series in this film, but others might find it a hindrance.

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2008’s “Iron Man,” continues to expand, its heft may become cumbersome for fans instead of the draw that such a continuity had been in the world. past.

(PG-13) 2 hrs. 6 mins.
Category B-


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Classic Corner – TCM celebrates Hepburn on May 12

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant on vacation

Few actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Age had careers as varied or as successful as Katharine Hepburn.

Whether she’s playing a debutante or a spinster, a businesswoman, an evangelist or even a queen, Hepburn, who won four Best Actress Oscars, has brought a fiery spirit to the screen since her debut in 1932 in “A Bill of Divorcement” during the Great Depression until his last film appearance “Love Affair” (1994), starring Anette Benning and Warren Beaty.

Turner Classic Movies celebrates the leading lady of Hollywood on Thursday, May 12 with a selection of her films, including several big ones and a few of her lesser-known projects.

Here is the program :

7:00 a.m. – A rebellious woman (1936)

8:45 a.m. – The sea of ​​grass (1947)

11 a.m. – Without love (1945)

1 p.m. – Mary of Scotland (1936)

3:15 p.m. – Holiday (1938)

5:00 p.m. – office set (1957)

The last two films of the day “Holiday” and “Desk Set” are my favorites among the six films. Cary Grant co-stars in “Holiday,” while Spencer Tracy does the honors in “Desk Set.” Both are comedies that push the limits of gullibility, but are charming, showing that Hepburn could be a skilled comedian as well as a dramatic force on screen.

The chemistry between the leads in both films simmers without boiling too hot. Sure, Hepburn had a longtime relationship with Tracy that lasted from the 1940s until her death in 1967, but the two never married.

Although “Holiday” isn’t quite as strong a film as 1940s “The Philadelphia Story,” which also co-starred Hepburn and Grant, the same chemistry between the co-stars is on full display in the comedy about mixing lifestyles when a couple occurs come from different sides of the track.

“Desk Set” is a workplace farce with plenty of charm as Tracy’s TV executive struggles to resist Hepburn’s lure as the network’s research librarian.

As strong as Hepburn is as a dramatic actress, her comedic performances have always been more of a personal appeal to me. However, with TCM’s selection of films on Thursday, there’s something for Hepburn fans of all persuasions.

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