Jacob’s review published on Letterboxd:
After a number of Marvel projects hinting at the multiverse or actually being multiverse stories, it really started to feel like they were all building towards this.
What I really liked about this film was that Sam Rami was clearly given a lot of creative freedom. This isn’t always the case with Marvel but Sam Rami has been allowed to put his blue print on this film and has created a stylistically unique MCU movie, with some stunning visuals and some moments that genuinely feel like something from a horror movie. The special effects are stunning as well, helping to craft the glimpses we get into some of the strange worlds we see.
All of the performances are great, Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong are both brilliant and their characters feel like they are at the height of their powers. The same can be said about Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda, who gives probably her best performance in the MCU so far. I was also a big fan of Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez and found her very likeable.
This film is what it sets out to be, it’s a fast paced, action packed multiverse story, in fact this is probably the most action packed Marvel film in recent memory. The relatively short runtime for a story of this scale perhaps adds to this as well, but it does feel pretty non stop, literally from the first minute. I do think this is a strength of the film however it could make for difficult viewing for a casual viewer, because this is film assumes you already have a lot of prior knowledge, and the way it moves at a lighting fast pace could leave some people confused. Obviously this is the case with a lot of MCU films but for example, in Spider-Man: No Way Home, the film provides enough context so that even without the necessary 20 years of knowledge, you could still keep up with the story. That isn’t really the case here as the film just assumes you already know the relevant information with some details feeling under explained, meaning it doesn't really work as a stand alone film.
I do think there’s a few decisions that might not get the best reception, at the time they were cool but might feel like a cheap shot at fan service, however it could be worth waiting to see what the effects are in the long term. Overall I did really enjoy this and I hope the reception is good because that will hopefully encourage marvel to give their directors more creative freedom in the future.