Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ★★½

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness does a bit to expand on what makes the title character tick. With ideas of the spiritual world, multiverses, dreams, rituals, et al, I like how this hits differently than the usual superhero/bad guy trope.

Sam Raimi's hand proved to be key, given that this story had horror potential and the filmmaker's legendary touch proved the right choice. However, they gave very little room for him to do his thing and this film suffers because of it.

I enjoyed how Wanda was utilized. Slightly different than what I expected. But I was lost for some, given some context came in the unnecessary Disney+ shows that I have no urge to watch.

I like a good cameo, but Marvel seems to be using that as a massive crutch, at the expense of storyline. Heck, more than a massive crutch, this ended up being Cameos-R-Us and I couldn't help but roll my eyes. This film, while fun and thought-provoking at times, continues the renowned studio's streak of sluggish stories post-Endgame.

55%

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