Reviewed by: Eric Tiansay
Films and TV shows that promote foolish idea of multiverses (an infinite number of parallel universes)
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Benedict Cumberbatch … Dr. Stephen Strange
Elizabeth Olsen … Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Chiwetel Ejiofor … Karl Mordo, a former Master of the Mystic Arts and mentor-turned-enemy of Strange, who is hunting other sorcerers
Benedict Wong … Wong, Sorcerer Supreme
Xochitl Gomez … America Chavez, a Lesbian teen with ability to travel between dimensions
Michael Stuhlbarg … Nicodemus West, surgeon
Rachel McAdams … Christine Palmer
Patrick Stewart …
Bruce Campbell …
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|Distributor||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
Macabre, spiritually dark and demonic
Prequel: “Doctor Strange” (2016)
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” has casts a spell that will likely please diehard fans of the comic books, but it’s not a magical, family-friendly experience for Christian viewers or young moviegoers.
The latest entry in the sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was directed by Sam Raimi, best known for the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy movies and the “Evil Dead” horror movies.
Spidey’s motto, “with great power comes great responsibility,” is nowhere to be found in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” as Raimi has created Marvel’s darkest superhero flick yet.
Touted as the first horror film in the MCU, the PG-13 rated film—which really deserves an R-rating—features dark and occult content, gory violence, gruesome and disturbing imagery that most likely will scare young children. The film is also marred by its foul language and politically correct representation.
The Marvel movie picks up where “Spider-Man: No Way Home” left off with its multiverse plot and finds Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) coming to the aide of a teen girl named America Chaves (Xochitl Gomez), who can jump across various universes.
The idea of the multiverse isn’t scientific—it’s a hypothetical suggestion based on a particular view of the past that’s grounded in naturalistic, atheistic beliefs. Instead of trusting man’s fallible Word, let’s trust God’s infallible Word.
Multiverse: Is Our Universe One of Many? Answer
However, a demonic force is trying to steal America’s powers, which she can’t control and is only activated when she is scared.
The adventure that follows sees Doctor Strange face off with Wanda Maximoff / The Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), meet up with his old girlfriend (Rachel McAdams), enlist the help of a former sidekick who is now the Sorcerer Supreme (Benedict Wong) and encounter his former-friend-turned enemy Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor).
“You break the rules and become a hero,” Wanda tells Strange. “I do it, and I become the enemy. That doesn’t seem fair.”
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” juggles a variety of elements—part sentimental, part horror, part comedy and lots of familiar MCU action.
Living up to its tagline of “Enter a new dimension of Strange,” the film is a visual spectacle and the special effects are spectacular, mind-bending, breathtaking and creative, including a scene where Strange finds himself in a mystic duel where notes from sheet music are hurled like ninja stars.
Additionally, there are solid performances by Olsen, Cumberbatch and Wong as well as some surprise extended cameos from actors and characters that may thrill fans. Also, on the positive side are themes of courage and teamwork as well as sacrifice for the good of others.
The best line in the movie is from a character who wants to show mercy to someone who is being judged by a group: “Just because someone stumbles and loses his way doesn’t mean he’s lost forever,” he proclaims. “He deserves a second chance.”
The dialog echoes the sentiment of Romans 5:7-9:
“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”
On the downside, the film’s overall pacing seems relentless, disjointed and fragmented at times.
Additionally, the character of Chavez is a member of the LGBTQ community in the comics. In the film, it is revealed that Chavez has two moms; a moment seemingly responsible for the movie being banned in Saudi Arabia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s just great that other people feel represented with her being on screen, and I think it’s a really big deal,” Gomez told The Hollywood Reporter of her character. “She’s representing the LGBTQ [community], Latinas, teens and girls. There’s just so much right there.”
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, frightening images and some language, the film has much questionable content.
For example, there are jump-scares, a resurrected dead body with a disfigured face, violent deaths, graphic depictions of a decomposing body, and an entire village is decimated during fatal fight scenes that has have a high body count.
There are multiple scenes of characters burning to death and shown turning into ash. People are also shown exploding, crushed by a large statue, appear to fall to their deaths, impaled by a metal fence, have their necks snapped, and one character is cut in half by her shield—although it’s shown slightly off screen. In a few scenes, Wanda, who resembles a zombie, is covered with blood on her face and shirt.
There’s also some salty language, including some mild to moderate profanity and vulgarity: “God-d*mn,” “sh*t” (3)—including “Holy sh*t, “cr*p” (3), “a** (3),” “Son of a b*tch,” “d*mn,” and “h*ll” (5).
There’s no sex or real romance, but there are scenes of two characters embracing, holding hands and staring longingly at each other.
There’s a “good spell” book, the Book of Vishanti, that gives good guys “whatever they need” to battle the evil they’re fighting. Supposedly written by an ancient demon, there’s also the Darkhold, which corrupts those who try to use it, and the film shows the corrupted individuals. One character asks a friend to guard his body to prevent the “souls of the damned” or demon-like creatures from taking his life.
In my opinion, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a fairly entertaining spectacle, but not much fun.
As one IMDB reviewer wrote: “You can’t help that feel somewhere in the multiverse, there’s a better version of this movie that exists.”
A Rotten Tomatoes reviewer echoed those thoughts by writing: “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is an oddly-named; poorly-written; and too-bizarre-for-its-own-good movie that may end up only being enjoyed by those who love the comic books.”
Editor’s Note: Christian Spotlight recommends viewers SKIP this film. We also sadly recognize that the Disney company has for some time now become an active enemy of biblical Christianity.
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