DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS -Review by T.J. Callahan

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: “I thought one Strange was enough.” – Wong.

Benedict Cumberbatch left his Montana ranch, tossing away his Power of the Dog, to rekindle his super powers as Stephen Strange in part of Phase 4 and the 28th film in the Marvel Comic Universe. It’s the sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange and picks up a few months after the events of last year’s Spider-Man No Way Home.

As we last left the magical doctor he had cast a forbidden spell that opened up a portal into billions of billions of alternate universes, so Strange, with the help of old and new allies, must travel into these celestial spaces to face a mysterious new adversary. Just to remind you, Stephen Strange was a neurosurgeon who became a Master of Mystic Arts following a career ending car accident.…as if Indiana Jones was a Super Hero.

The Multiverse of Madness is a great title because this film is in a frenzy from the get go…multi super powers, multi versions of multi characters, multi battles, multi colors and multi time frames. Directed by Sam Raimi, of Spider-Man fame, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a two hour and six minute strikingly loud, precisely choreographed action adventure with a side of PG 13 horror. There’s some laughs, sarcasm, fun cameos and while it’s Doctor Strange 2, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda the Scarlett Witch steals the show.

You don’t need to have seen the previous films or Wandavision or Loki to enjoy this Doctor Strange, but it helps to have some MCU knowledge. The Multiverse of Madness is organized chaos in IMAX. Saturday morning cartoon fun, but ultimately just a celluloid portal to the next Marvel movie. My husband, Ricky, gives Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness two eyes open…because who can sleep through that?! I give it a 6 1/2 out of 10. Stay through the partial credits for an extra scene and the entire credits for a fun final thought.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.