George Clark’s review published on Letterboxd:
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness certainly is the MCU’s first true horror movie and something completely unique for the franchise. Sam Raimi’s style is fantastic and mixes perfectly with the darker tone of the film. While Michael Waldron‘s script is messy at translating the huge events to the big screen due to the multiple multiverses bouncing off each other, the story at hand, the horror on show and the surprises that await are more than worth your time. America Chavez and Doctor Strange, played brilliantly by Xochitl Gómez and Benedict Cumberbatch, are great together and the multiverse, the worlds we travel too and people we meet, honestly caused me to geek out with excitement multiple times…seriously I need a certain characters movie now and I will not take no for an answer! These surprises, while gladly numbered, are utterly incredible and set up an endless amount of possibilities for the future.
However, my main complaint isn’t with the script, it’s that it just felt to short. This could have easily been 30/40 minutes longer and no one would have batted an eye as sadly some plot points feel rushed and some characters never truly get their time to shine. Maybe it’s because we’ve become a-custom to longer superhero movies in recent months with The Batman and Spider-Man: No Way Home being longer than your average movie, but this is one multiverse I wish I could have explored for longer and one that could have done with some more time spent exploring the infinite worlds.
Nevertheless, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was fantastic. I cheered more than expected and was genuinely unnerved by some of the horror sequences throughout. Raimi’s direction is masterful, fitting the characters and story perfectly, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance is once again the highlight of these films, the guy can honestly do no wrong as Steven Strange, he was born to play the role! It’s a bonkers visual triumph that delves into the multiverse brilliantly, despite being slightly hindered by some shoddy dialogue, and it’s one that I truly had a great time with, leaving the MCU in a more interesting place movie forward.
Between this and MoonKnight ending this week, it’s certainly been a week to remember for Marvel fans. I can’t wait to see what Marvel does next with the multiverse and with Strange’s character considering the credit sequence! BRWC Review!
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