In an interview with Polygon, director Sam Raimi said he hopes audiences can “use their imagination” when they step into his first Marvel outing, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That is unheard of for the series of near-30 features so far. Another plunge into the usual formula time and time again, relying more and more on the simple tactics that have conned people into wanting the same thing over and over. More power to those who can trick audiences into trickling cash into an unchanging, unmoving product for the emotionally deficient. Unfortunately, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness soon boils down to pop-culture jabs, cameo-stuffed filler roles for the friends of Raimi (a wasted Bruce Campbell role is offered up) and the inevitable crossover of product fighting products looking to destroy some vague entity. Welcome to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With such a slump in quality biopics these last few years, playing catch-up with all the ones that slipped by seems like a hellish, dull task. Steve Jobs, from the great Danny Boyle, brings us three different launches of the mighty titan conglomerate Apple. The “true story” of over twenty years of history, all condensed into a two-hour set that comes at its audiences thick and fast. Detailing the various successes and failures, the personal life of Jobs and his relationship with his daughter and colleagues, Steve Jobs looks to offer quite a lot in such a short amount of time. We stumble through these moments rather rapidly, enough to keep us moving, but not enough to keep us engaged.