Movie Review: ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, the latest instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, blows the doors to the multiverse wide open – with director Sam Raimi taking the franchise in a scarier (and bloodier) direction. I just got back from a late-night screening of Marvel’s latest, so let’s get into my spoiler-free review!

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness delivers exactly what fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe want, without giving them exactly what they expect. Director Sam Raimi takes some massive risks with his first (technically fourth) entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, injecting his unique style into the franchise. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness will almost certainly divide fans of the MCU, especially those who prefer the more lighthearted elements of the franchise, but the film delivers a refreshing and bold adventure – which is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

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With Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, Sam Raimi proves that filmmakers have more creative control over Marvel projects than previously reported. While the Doctor Strange sequel is undoubtedly an MCU movie, with all the humour and cameos fans have come to expect, Sam Raimi has placed his own creative fingerprint on the project. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness walks and talks like a Sam Raimi movie, which sometimes means taking the characters and narrative in a darker, bloodier and more creative direction.

Since it was first announced, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness has been marketed as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first horror movie. Having now finally seen the movie, I can assure you that Marvel and Sam Raimi absolutely delivered on that promise. Marvel makes some shocking decisions here, leaning harder into the scary side of the MCU than any fan could have expected. From jump scares to full-on blood and gore, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness pushes the boundaries of what fans expect from the franchise – potentially pushing away viewers that prefer the more comedic and lighthearted tone. As someone who likes a good mix of light and dark with his comic-book movies, I found Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness to be an extremely fun and refreshing instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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On a visual level, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is easily one of the most impressive Marvel movies to date. Much like Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange, Doctor Strange The Multiverse Of Madness is an acid-trip of a movie, which takes the audience on a mind-bending trip through the Marvel Multiverse.

Sam Raimi is one of Hollywood’s most creative filmmakers, especially when it comes to the visual style of his movies, and the director does a wonderful job of transferring his unique style to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s also worth noting that Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness offers some pretty shocking imagery, with Sam Raimi and director of photography John Mathieson delivering scenes and sometimes entire sequences that will scare the pants off of everyone in the cinema.

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While he hasn’t been a part of the franchise for as long as some other cast members, Benedict Cumberbatch has quickly become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most likeable actors. With his second solo outing, Cumberbatch delivers what is easily his best performance as the character so far, with the actor taking the opportunity to explore the character in more depth and show different and shocking sides of the hero. The true star of the show here, however, is Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff aka. The Scarlet Witch, who delivers perhaps the most impactful and memorable performance that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever produced. Following her heartbreaking performance in WandaVision, for which she earned herself an award, Olsen delves deeper into the character and presents a truly layered and beautiful performance.

As for the supporting cast, Benedict Wong continues to entertain as Wong. While the character is only required for comedic relief, Wong brings a surprising amount of heart and to an otherwise bleak adventure. Rachel McAdams is given much more to do than her previous outings, but I would be lying if I said the actress is used to her full potential. Xochitl Gomez makes a great first-impression as America Chavez, a teenager with the ability to travel through the multiverse. While we don’t get to spend a great deal of one-on-one time with America, due to the madness going on all around her, it’s a great introduction to a hero that I’m very excited to see more of in the future.

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We can’t talk about Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness with out addressing the many cameo rumours. While I won’t be spoiling anything here, I can confidently say that fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be extremely pleased with the latest instalment of the franchise. With that said, it never feels like the film sacrifices story or character development to shoe-horn in a few cameos – which is a trap that more than a few comic-book movies have fallen into.

The only thing stopping Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness from being a perfect Marvel adventure is the writing. Screenwriter Michael Waldron follows the standard Marvel formula at times, which makes Sam Raimi’s refreshing and bold direction seem almost pointless. That’s not to say that the writing is all bad, there are certainly some great moments and some wonderful writing, but the film is sometimes predictable and overstuffed with exposition.

Overall, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is an imperfect but outrageously fun ride in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Director Sam Raimi takes the MCU in a bold and refreshing direction, with a more horror-focused narrative, which is something that will undoubtedly divide fans of the franchise. Like I said at the beginning of this review, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness gives fans exactly what they want from a Sam Raimi Doctor Strange movie, without giving them exactly what they expect.

RATING: 4.5/5

About Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness

Director Sam Raimi

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Xochitl Gomez

Plot: Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”—a thrilling ride through the Multiverse with Doctor Strange, his trusted friend Wong and Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch.

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