Plot: Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has been having strange dreams. During the wedding of his ex-girlfriend Christine (Rachel McAdams) those dreams come crashing into his world in the shape of a monster chasing after a teenage girl, America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). America has the ability to jump between multiverses but she can’t really control it. She’s still hunted for it, though. Stephen seeks out Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) to help with America’s abilities. But things take a different turn that sends them through the multiverse.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a special effects celebration that is entertaining to watch, although it sometimes tries to be too many things at once.
Oz (James Franco) is a second rate magician in a small travelling circus and a great womanizer. When he gets into trouble for sleeping with the wrong woman, he flees in a balloon, but ends up caught in a tornado. When the wind calms down, Oz is – surprisingly – still alive and finds himself in the magical country of Oz. He is greeted by Theodora (Mila Kunis), a beautiful witch, who tells him that his arrival has been prophesized and he needs to save the land from the evil witch. Oz takes on the challenge because there seems to be money on the horizon, plus a chance to get into Theodora’s pants. But it turns out that there is more to the story than that.
I have so many issues that I’m surprised I managed to enjoy Oz the Great and Powerful at all. But enjoyment was had, though the issues outweigh it by far.
Christine (Alison Lohman) has a job at a credit institute and is up for a promotion. Unfortunately, her superior prefers a more aggressive approach than her usually understanding way of handling the credit applications. And so Christine refuses Mrs Ganush (Lorna Raver) a loan extension the old woman desperately needs. In turn, Mrs Ganush curses Christine and Christine soon discovers that there’s more to the old lady – and that curse.
I actually was ready to write a rather damning review of this film, but upon further examination, the movie does have some good qualities that make up a little for the completely disgusting Roma stereotyping – even if it does not succeed completely.