Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness review

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premiered to a $450 million global opening this weekend, making it the largest release of the year so far for Marvel Studios and Disney as well.

One could argue that the multiverse was overused as a plot device by the MCU in this hasty affair, which had Doctor Strange bouncing through various alternate realities to protect America Chavez, the dimension-hopping girl, and stop the Scarlet Witch from enslaving the multiverse with the Darkhold, an evil spell book of hers.

Is this new Marvel entry worth the watch? Check out this full review of the Multiverse of Madness which will contain spoilers. Readers beware! 

Short synopsis 

Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and Chiwetel Ejiofor reprise their roles as Doctor Strange, Wong, Dr. Christine Palmer, and Karl Mordo in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’. 

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez will also perform in the dazzling pyrotechnics extravaganza. You may see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on Disney Plus or other services when it exits cinemas if you need a sci-fi catch-up on the Marvel world.

MoM is a tale of Strange, who is the main protagonist, trying to stop multiversal threats that also happen to break the main Marvel universe. This, of course, comes with a lot of twists and turns, and even cameos that you will never see coming.

Raimified Marvel movie

Director Sam Raimi’s characteristic horror show was almost inevitable for Marvel’s sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange, and the results are a haunting mental trip into unexplored levels of insanity, coupled to a patchwork plot that is sometimes perplexing. 

Due to artistic disagreements and scheduling restrictions, Scott Derrickson decided to leave the sequel in the hands of a different filmmaker, ‘The Black Phone’.

Prior to working on the Tobey Maguire-starrer ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy in the 2000s, Raimi gained experience in the horror genre with such cult favourites as ‘Evil Dead’, ‘Evil Dead II’, and ‘Army of Darkness’.

When Raimi last directed a feature film in 2013, he helmed ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ and SFX technology has advanced significantly since then, allowing the filmmaker to present some truly jaw-dropping special effects, including a Cyclops space squid, musical notes transformed into magical shrapnel, and a paint dimension of splattered colour.

What you can expect, however, from this film is Raimi’s bells and whistles where he places a lot of horror embellishments around scenes to make it appear more suspenseful than it already is. 

How was the film exactly?

The climactic smackdown in this latest MCU picture, which has been in production for a long time, seems like something from a manic Harry Potter spectacular. 

In contrast to the more methodical approach used by Derrickson, Raimi’s theatrical sequel to “Doctor Strange” seems like too many cooks spoil the narrative soup.

If your notion of a killer Doc Strange film is a putrefying zombified sorcerer fighting with a witchy mum wanting to reconcile with her fictional kids, then you’ll be highly pleased by his flair for dramatic Dutch angles, zombie heroes and laughing demons. But don’t forget your earplugs!

Unusually unengaging, the film is hurried while yet being very loud and aesthetically striking. 

It’s one of the shortest MCU flicks in recent memory, but you’d be hard-pressed to find fans who want any more searing energy bolts and magical shields shattering in unending showers of sparks.

Dr. Strange: The Multiverse of Madness, on the other hand, seems like an adrenalized after-school special on acid with an uninteresting teenage protagonist.

You will feel like you were strapped into an interdimensional roller coaster for two hours after eating a pair of foot-long corn dogs and a funnel cake in this film, thanks to the excellent visual effects.

Verdict 

All-in-all, Doctor Strange: And the Multiverse of Madness is not the best Marvel film, but it’s a pretty thrilling and exhilarating one. Should you watch it? If you’re a fan of Marvel, then nothing can convince you otherwise. However, lesser fans of the Marvel mythos might want to stick around for the first iteration and even watch other Disney Plus shows to fully appreciate what the film has to offer. 

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