Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Spoiler-Free Review
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness proves that Marvel Studios is really interested in pushing the boundaries of what people think of their films and is not interested in just sticking to the same old formula. For those that had criticisms of MCU films that they never took risks and were formulaic, this is definitely a film that is challenging that viewpoint. This means we get a film that isn't perfect and polished and definitely relies on having knowledge of the Disney+ shows (but that should have been a given). But it's still good and very entertaining.
Sam Raimi's first Marvel Studios film definitely leans hard into horror. We've seen Marvel dabble before into other genres' but Doctor Strange 2 dives feet first into it. There are not only downright frightful moments but there's also a surprising amount of murder on the screen. Yes, murder. A lot of people die (in horrific ways) in this film. Cumberbatch and Olsen do a great job in this film with Olsen continuing the great emotional performance she had in WandaVision .
This film is not perfect by any means. For all the horror elements from Raimi, there are some scripting and directing decisions that don't land. Also this film moves at a breakneck pace. This might be one of the fastest paced MCU movies to date. While it's definitely exhilarating, the pace also doesn't give the audience a moment to breathe and really take in all that's happening.
It's really hard to talk about this film and some of the characters (Like America Chavez) without spoiling anything because of the plot points so, the best advice is to just go see it as soon as you can.
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