Griffin Schiller’s review published on Letterboxd:
If Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness proves one thing it’s if you hire Sam Raimi to make a movie, you better damn well have him HEAVILY involved in the writers room. MASSIVE disconnect between the script & Raimi’s creative ambitions. Simultaneously some of the best AND worst of the MCU.
When Raimi’s allowed to be goofy, mean spirited & sincere ORGANICALLY holy shit sparks fly. His vision for Strange is passionate & strong, wonderfully melodramatic & campy but good god is it bogged down by dreadful exposition heavy writing & grating fanboy moments.
The entire film plays like a battle for control over the soul of the story amounting to an absolute mess. That said, when focused on the characters, Doctor Strange , Christine Palmer , Wanda , we’re treated to some of the most emotional arcs in the series as Raimi’s heart wins out.
Frustrating is the best word to describe Multiverse of Madness but damnit if it didn’t make me want MORE Doctor Strange, especially MORE Sam Raimi Doctor Strange. Let him construct a story from the ground up. The man’s still the Marvel GOAT!