Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Mitchell Storyteller Cinema 7
PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, scary imagery and some language.
If you need to read five Doctor Strange comics and see a bunch of Avengers movies before seeing this one, there’s something very odd about the target audience for this sequel six years after the first.
This latest adventure in the Marvel Universe focuses on what happens to Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) – a once-brilliant doctor who seriously mutilated his hands in an accident but was cured after delving into ancient magic and the Multiverse – after he becomes thrust into the role of protector of a mysterious young woman.
In this film directed by Sam Raimi, who helped create Tobey Maguire’s version of Spider-Man, Strange is still dealing with the repercussions of his involvement in the Thanos incident (seen in “Avengers: Infinity War ” and “End Game”). ) when he meets America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) who possesses the ability to open doors between universes.
First seeing her in a bizarre dream where he was battling a dimensional being, Strange is surprised to find himself fighting to protect America on the streets outside of his headquarters in his home universe. From there, America delivers a much-needed exposition in which she explains that Strange’s dream about her wasn’t really a dream, but an actual battle that took place in another universe with a different version of himself.
The multiverse theory, for those who need a bit of catching up, holds that millions of parallel universes supposedly exist alongside ours but with different versions of ourselves, with different fates, realities and different environments. Here, Dr. Strange must protect the destruction of the multiverse from the magic wielded by a surprising figure.
In fact, there are plenty of surprises in store for fans of the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Captain Marvel, and Captain America, but not quite as one might think. Some actors’ cameo appearances are sure to have fans checking their memories to find out who’s who.
Speaking of memories, Elizabeth Olsen, who went to work on this film two days after filming “WandaVision” (according to imdb.com), seemingly thrust back into her character’s psychological dilemma between her personas as Wanda Maximoff and the Scarlet Witch. In this film, she desperately wants to protect the reality in which she has two young sons whom she loves dearly.
Another blast from the past for those familiar with Raimi’s resume is seeing good old Bruce Campbell (“Evil Dead”) appear in a very silly cameo during the film and one after the end credits.
This film is screened in 2D and 3D versions, along with a visually striking trailer for the new “Avatar” feature which will be released in December.
I just got an Oculus VR headset myself, it portends a curious future for all of us if movies enter the VR universe.
This film stars Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Eijofor, Rachel McAdams, Hayley Atwell, John Krasinski, Patrick Stewart, Lashana Lynch and, in a mid-credits scene, Charlize Theron.
This film is screening at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Cinemas, 110 Old Talpa Cañon Road in Taos. For tickets, schedules and additional information, visit storyteller7.com or call (575) 751-4245.
This weekend at the Taos Community Auditorium
TCA Big Screen Monday (May 9), 7 p.m.
Erin Vassilopoulos directed this film and wrote the screenplay with the film’s star Alessandra Mesa. It stars Ani Mesa, Pico Alexander and Jake Hoffman.
When Marian is on the run, she goes to the only safe place she knows: her childhood home. She is taken in by her estranged sister, Vivian, a housewife who is struggling to conceive and is about to fail in her marriage.
Although the two are identical twins, they live opposite lives. Marian’s mysterious return disrupts the routine of small-town Vivian, and the sisters must learn to reconnect and reconcile. When Marian’s haunting past finally catches up with her, their separated worlds collide, catapulting the two sisters into grave danger. – Rotten Tomatoes
Screenings take place at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets, health restrictions and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.