Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ★★★½

First and foremost, it is a good thing to have Sam Raimi back in our lives. Also, this is a Marvel movie first, a Kevin Feige production second and a Sam Raimi film third ...And so it goes...

Amidst the tonally jarring Marvel world building and plot pointing that Feige is inserting here to keep the MCU's Phase Four afloat between its films and its Disney Plus series, there's a demented gothic horror film lurking in the shadows that shows itself in fits and spurts, in evil books and zombies, in dangling eyeballs and guitar riff musical cues. Raimi has played that big studio corporate pawn (of sorts) before and knows how to play the game while still managing to imprint his style and sensibilities upon a story. It's a tightrope walk through most of it, but Raimi shines through in bits and pieces, which are of course the best parts of the film. There may be way too much in the way tonality shifts in story and performances for this to all work, but damn was it nice to have a Marvel film that didn't make me wanna yawn.

What a hell of a swing for the MCU and one I didn't necessarily see coming; Scott Derrickson's loss is our gain here. I'm going to lean on the side of liking it a whole lot more than I ever thought I would. I should've trusted that I was in the good hands of Mr. Raimi long before I ever sat down in the theatre.

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This Danny Elfman score is 🔥 though.

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