In December 2018, we took a look at “A Simple Plan” on its 20th anniversary, and I wrote that it was, when it was released in 1998, maybe the “most mature and meaningful film to date”. Starring the late Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda and Billy Bob Thornton in an Oscar-nominated role, “A Simple Plan” traded special effects for crime drama and character-driven thrills. It showed what can happen when seemingly good people do a bad thing, and things go downhill from there.
I love Marvel movies just as much as the next person, but these are in spades now, and what we don’t see as much anymore, from Raimi or anyone else, are movies like ” A Single Shot”. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is Raimi’s first directorial effort since 2013’s “Oz the Great and the Mighty,” and that film was another effects-driven fantasy adventure.
Of course, “A Simple Plan” involved burning cash – as if to signify what would happen to the film’s financiers if it hit theaters in the oversaturated media landscape of 2022. Nowadays, a movie like this might be better suited to a streaming platform. But if Raimi is now fully in the saddle and will return to directing on a regular basis, I’d love to see him do another film on the intimate scale of “Un Plan Simple”, whether it’s a neo-noir thriller or something other than superhero (which we know he does very well).
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” hits theaters May 6, 2022.