Wednesday, May 18, 2022     Volume: 23, Issue: 11
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A QUIET PLACE PART II
ANOTHER ROUND
BINGEABLE: 100 FOOT WAVE (2021)
BINGEABLE: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (2021-present)
BINGEABLE: ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL (2022)
BINGEABLE: BARRY (2018-present)
BINGEABLE: CASTLEVANIA (2017-2021)
BINGEABLE: CHEER (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG (2016-2019)
BINGEABLE: INVENTING ANNA (2022)
BINGEABLE: KUNG FU (2021)
BINGEABLE: LIFE & BETH (2022)
BINGEABLE: MAID (2021)
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BINGEABLE: ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING (2021)
BINGEABLE: SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE (2022-)
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BINGEABLE: THE WOMAN IN THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW (2022)
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BOSS LEVEL
C’MON C’MON
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
GUILTY PLEASURES: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE
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I CARE A LOT
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PIG
SOUL
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
THE ADAM PROJECT
THE BATMAN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (2019)
THE HARDER THEY FALL
THE LOST CITY
THE LOST DAUGHTER
THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS
THE NEW MUTANTS
THE PAPER TIGERS
THE POWER OF THE DOG
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE SUNLIT NIGHT
THE TENDER BAR
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT
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TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
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TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
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TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WARRIOR
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE KINGDOM (2007)
YOU WON’T BE ALONE

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is a jumbled story but visual feast

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

PHOTO BY , COURTESY OF MARVEL STUDIOS

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS


Where is it playing?: Regal Edwards RPX Santa Maria, Movies Lompoc, Regal Edwards Arroyo Grande

What's it rated?: PG-13

What's it worth?: $Matinee (Anna Starkey)

What's it worth?: $Matinee (Glen Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Set a few months after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), this sequel to Doctor Strange (2016) is directed by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, The Quick and the Dead, Spider-Man). Dr. Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) was a notable surgeon with an outsized ego who endured a terrible car accident that damaged his hands, but he acquired unusual powers, making him a Master of the Mystic Arts. In this story, multiverse-traveling America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) bursts into his version of reality, and Strange must save her from a pursuing monster; however, he soon casts a forbidden spell, opening a pathway between realities, unleashing chaos, including alternate versions of himself. Can Strange and Wong (Benedict Wong) save our universe, and whose side is Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) on? (126 min.)  

Glen: This kaleidoscope of special effects is visually stunning to watch, and Cumberbatch’s Dr. Strange is a compelling lead with a deadpan sensibility, which is enough to overcome the cluttered nonsense that passes for a story. Perhaps if you’re a hardcore Marvel nerd with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Marvel Comics Universe you’d get all the references, but as a casual fan, I found it all a bit cluttered. That said, I enjoyed the film’s entertainment value. Raimi is a terrific director, and when you dump a big budget on him, he makes good use of it. The other principal players—fresh-faced newcomer Gomez as Chavez, Wong’s gravitas as Wong, and Olsen’s Red Witch (playing multiple versions of herself with impressive nuance)—are all watchable. It’s also somewhat fitting that the film premiered over the Mother’s Day weekend since the fracturing of the multiverse can basically be blamed on Wanda “The Red Witch” Maximoff’s maternal desires. Next time just get a dog, Wanda!

Anna: I’m not familiar with a lot of the Marvel universe, and Dr. Strange’s story in particular is new to me. That being said, I find Cumberbatch fun to watch in this role. The doctor is witty and pompous, somehow overly self-assured while also very fragile. He’s lost Christine (Rachel McAdams), who he still pines for, and lives a pretty lonely existence. It’s a good fit for the actor who has both bravado and vulnerability in his acting arsenal. The special effects are pretty awesome. From a one-eyed octo-monster to Chavez and Doctor Strange smashing through layers of the multiverse, this film is definitely a feast for the eyes. I also really love Olsen as the Red Witch/Wanda, whose story I was familiar with thanks to the great mini-series WandaVision that came out last year. The film is certainly messy in many ways; there’s way too much going on, and often the story feels jumbled and overreaching. However, I have to say that as far as big superhero flicks go, I actually enjoyed this one. As long as you don’t spend your time overthinking it, you’re in for a fun ride.

Glen: Maybe they should have called it Wanda Maximoff and the Motherhood of Madness because in some ways it’s more Wanda’s story—she has the biggest arc. Her character is both vulnerable and terrifying, and she learns the biggest lesson. Cumberbatch also plays multiple versions of Strange. I was especially entertained when Strange uses the Darkhold (a book of dangerous spells) to “dream-walk” in the corpse of a deceased Strange from another reality. The corpse-walking Strange is tormented by vaporous evil skeletons, reminding viewers that this is a Sam Raimi film with a big-ass budget! If you’re not a comic book film fan, don’t bother or wait for streaming. If you are a fan, you’ve already seen it, but if you’re on the fence but interested, see a matinee. It’s a quasi-blast.

Anna: Personally, at this time of year I have to gear up for all the summer blockbuster nonsense that is to come, and this was a great launching pad. Wanda’s story is really the glue holding it all together: She’s both totally evil and totally sympathetic. Olsen really breathes life into the character, and while her tactics for securing her future are inherently terrible, her desire to be with her children (who aren’t really her children but do exist somewhere, sort of) is laudable. If you’ve got age-appropriate kids and a desire to keep them entertained with a bit of movie magic, this could make for a fun matinee.

New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and freelancer Anna Starkey write Sun Screen. Glen compiles streaming listings. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.










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