Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: 06th May, 2022
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg
Writer: Jade Halley Bartlett
Director: Sam Raimi
Producer/s: Kevin Feige, Scott Derrickson
Star cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Director: Sam Raimi
Producer: Kevin Feige
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Box Office Review: Expectations
Marvel has built a tremendous following over the years in India, and there’s no need to say that there’s always a huge buzz for the studio’s movies. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is no exception, especially after Spider-Man: No Way Home’s crazy success.
Of course, Spider-Man is a big brand but the studio has done enough work in establishing its characters well and made sure that each character has its own fan base. Also, there are always been some crazy speculations/theories about Marvel films and Doctor Strange 2 too had it regarding Tom Cruise entering the universe as Iron Man.
Other than the above-mentioned things, the big screen experience is something that really made Doctor Strange 2 a hot topic ever since the trailer came out.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Box Office Review: Impact
Living up to the hype, Doctor Strange has struck hard at the Indian box office. I watched the first-day first-show (9:10 am) and it was houseful. The same is the situation in most of the places, which very much sums up the bumper start of the film.
Marvel didn’t disappoint fans and this time, they deliver a good entertaining package with Doctor Strange 2. As the start is already been terrific with morning shows recording a huge occupancy of 60-65%, the film will end up the day on a blockbuster note and the entire weekend will score sky high. Thus, a stage for a terrific box office run has been very well set. On top of that, high ticket prices will hugely benefit the film.
However, when we compare it with Spider-Man: No Way Home, the latest Benedict Cumberbatch starrer has its limitations. The first and the most important one is, that Spider-Man’s character has a universal appeal and is popular with both the class and mass audience. The proof of the same was seen when No Way Home made huge numbers from B and C centres. No doubt, Doctor Strange 2 will score well in B centres, but it will be a no show in C centres.
Also, from now onwards, each week at least one notable Bollywood is arriving. It includes films like Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Dhaakad and others, catering majorly to the urban audience, which also happens to be Doctor Strange’s targetted audience. So yes, it won’t be a solo easy ride here.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Box Office Review: Final Verdict
Just like we mentioned above, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness has both positives and limitations. Obviously, the film is going to emerge as one of the highest-grossing Hollywood films in India ever and crossing the 150 crore mark would be an easy task. But in the end, it might find it hard to touch the 200 crore mark, or even if it gets crossed, surpassing Spider-Man: No Way Home (212 crores) looks like an impossible task. Nonetheless, after KGF Chapter 2, this film will keep ticket windows busy again and will wrap up its lifetime in the range of 170-200 crores.
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Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Movie Review Rating:
Star Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Rachel McAdams, and ensemble.
Director: Sam Raimi
What’s Good: Elizabeth Olsen, the most underrated actor on the board continues to make us feel her pain, while Benedict Cumberbatch does all he can to save the world with conviction.
What’s Bad: That urge to make the runtime crisper and the visible convenient routes that were taken to do it.
Loo Break: The runtime is short plus the multiverse is too complex to be understood if you miss a good chunk of time taking the call. Even I held it this time. Ask my friends if you don’t believe.
Watch or Not?: The MCU is knitted in so complex threads that you can really not not watch a film that is made in the timeline. It could be mediocre, but you still have to. Where you watch it is in your hands, and you can give the big screen a shot for this one.
Available On: In Theatres Near You!
Runtime: 126 Minutes
So Doctor Strange aka Stephen Strange is back after the Avengers rewind the blip in Endgame. He is more lonely and in sync with his powers and continues to save Earth from alien elements. One fine day a girl falls from the sky and has powers to transmit herself and people to different universes. But the Witch wants her and the game to save the girl begins.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Movie Review: Script Analysis
You are reading a review written by a person whose most favourite Marvel character has been Wanda Maxmioff who’s now Scarlet Witch, from the beginning. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, while being centered around Stephen Strange and his chronicles to save the day, is actually an account of what Wanda did after she flew off Westview post defeating Agatha Harkness.
Stephen is now old. His beard is a full goat and he flaunts his greys. Christine is married and she says “we weren’t meant to be” in the first 10 minutes. So here is an emotionally broken man finding his purpose. In the script written by Michael Waldron who adapts Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s work, he finds his purpose in the next five minutes. CONVENIENT. And that is what the entire film becomes about, convenience.
Of course the writing does offer a lot to dig our teeth deep into. The multiverse as a concept in itself is new and unexplored, but is also isn’t as attention holder as time travel until now. America Chavez is a new character and what she is capable of entirely is a mystery. Add to this Elizabeth Olsen’s achingly beautiful Scarlet Witch and there is a lot to shape a good film.
Wanda since Vision’s death is finding a hook to put her life on. She created a family in WandaVision and realised becoming a mother gives her a purpose. So now she is fighting to become the only thing she wants to and that is being a mom. The character is arched so beautifully, that strongest woman in the world is lonely and dreams of having a family. She has to fight the world and even accept the world calling her a villain. But what matters is the warmth of her kids.
The emotional hook the whole time is in Scarlet Witch’s kitty. But wasn’t the film supposed to be about Doctor Strange? Well, he continues to make fire circles and be witty to his brilliant potential. As for this storyline the makers fail to decide where his emotional depth lies. Whether in his broken relationship or the purpose he self assigned himself to? He keeps shifting universes and teaching us the multiverse, without creating an effect.
So much could have been done in the emotional department with three characters who are broken and separated from their loved ones through tragedies. Yes, I included America Chavez’s separation from her mothers too. But Sam Raimi and the writers are focused on running.
Also, this is the film where Marvel mixes the timelines of its shows from Disney+ and movies entirely. The road ahead is risky but I can see some good outcomes already.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Movie Review: Star Performance
Benedict Cumberbatch is an employee who knows his job pretty well. The actor continues to have his standard wit even with the greys and is good at playing a double role convincingly. The fact that he manages to bring out the pain of excepting the tragedies of his life is so good.
Elizabeth Olsen has to be the most expressive actor in the MCU. Her pain is evident in her gaze, even when she talks destruction choosing to be the villain. The actor is so good when she has to be emotional and also have the devil attitude in the same scene. Olsen has one of the best storylines and the depth of the character is enough to make you emotionally invest completely.
Benedict Wong has a new found pride and he deserves to have it because he is the Sorcerer Supreme. Oops, did I give out a spoiler? Chill you knew it already.
Xochitl Gomez is so raw and unhinged by the madness around her. The actor is pretty confident and you can see it when she even outdoes Cumberbatch in a scene (in a good way). Everytime someone is confused about Spider-Man and whether he shoots web out of his beautiful as*, you cannot hold your laughter, and Gomez has a quirky way of saying it.
Rachel McAdams plays a bit different version of Christine like everyone does and does a good job.