Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is finally out, and man, what a fun film it was. But, even though it was fun, I will say that my feelings about the film is a bit mixed regarding the story. Is this one of Marvel Studios’ best films or is it just another flick in the long catalogue of the franchise? Here’s my spoiler-free review of the film.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness follows the events of Dr. Stephen Strange after casting a spell that opened the multiverse in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Strange will soon realize that his actions will have repercussions. It’s up to Doctor Strange and his team stop the upcoming threat to the multiverse before it’s too late.
I thought the story was fine. The film was straight forward and did what they had to do, which was focusing on Wanda, America Chavez, and Doctor Strange. What I will say is that I think I would’ve wanted the film be a bit longer to flesh out some story elements regarding the multiverse, and have a more of a connective tissue with Loki.
The dialogue was a hit or miss honestly. There are scenes where I thought was kind of cringe or delivery was off. It was just very noticeable to me and I couldn’t get passed it.
Regarding how the characters were written, it was fantastic. I was instantly hooked on America Chavez and was rooting for her. Wanda’s development in the MCU continues to be a tragic one, and still easily one of the best written characters in the franchise. Doctor Strange continues to amaze me as a character, plus I can’t wait to see what’s to come regarding his future.
Again, the story was fine and I had a lot of fun but I do feel like something felt missing.
The cast for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was great. Since mentioning anyone else would be spoiler territory, I’ll just talk about the main cast.
Elizabeth Olsen is just incredible as Wanda Maximoff. To me, Elizabeth outperformed everyone, she was that good. Definitely the highlight of the film.
Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez is a great addition to the MCU. She just killed it, and this was my first time watching Xochitl’s work. I want nothing but success for her in her future.
Benedict Wong playing Wong just continues to be a gem in the MCU. It’s like every time he appears in these films, he continue to grow on me more and more. Team Wong forever.
It’s great to see Rachel McAdams return in the MCU as Dr. Christine Palmer! It was good to see her being utilized more in the sequel than the first film. I hope she continues to return, but I guess time will tell.
As always, Benedict Cumberbatch is just perfect as Doctor Strange. Just an amazing performance, and I love watching him play the character. I want Benedict Cumberbatch to play this role until he can’t no more because he’s the default leader of the MCU.
Oh man, having Sam Raimi return and seeing his work on another big comic book film is so satisfying. Just the camera work along, with John Mathieson, is just incredible. This is the kind of magic that comic book films were missing, and I’m happy to see Sam Raimi is back and better than ever. From the action, scenery, horror, and more, the cinematography is A-1.
Just like the VFX from the first film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is amazing! Also, even the way the film handled the horror elements really impressed me. At times the film does have some noticeably subpar CGI, but it’s fine. Overall, it’s a good looking film.
Costumes, locations, and character designs…LOVE IT!!! All of Strange’s costumes and variations looked good. Wanda’s Scarlet Witch costume is one of my favorite costumes of the MCU easily. I wish I can talk about other stuff because spoilers, but YES YES YES (that’s all I’ll say because you’ll understand when you watch the movie)!!!!
Danny Elfman, I mean come on. Bringing in Elfman, and to team up with Raimi again, is a checkmate move. And there’s a fight in the movie where it’s just a Elfman battle, and I lost it. I don’t know how it can get better than this. My only musical nitpick is that guitar rift that appears every now and then, I was not a fan of that decision at all.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness really is a very enjoyable film. Even though this isn’t one of my top favorites in the MCU franchise, I had so much fun, especially with the crowd in the theater. I can’t wait to see where the story of these characters go from here, and I want Sam Raimi back for the next film or even other MCU projects.
I recommend watching the film! Also, this isn’t a kids film because when they said horror they meant it…don’t bring them.