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JoshTheCritic’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Bruce Campbell popping up like that made my day. While it is perhaps underwhelming with how it handled the multiverse compared to other Marvel projects, and it is certainly full of flaws, this is a very watchable movie. I wish Sam Raimi had better material to work with, for the story is not that well written nor paced with the precision to be immersed in everything it attempts, though at least his direction had his face all over it. What he achieves visually saves the movie, leaning in towards the horrific elements of his “Evil Dead” films. All I really wanted was a wacky Raimi flick, and luckily I got that! The opening fight was weak and corporate until the kill, yet the action sequences that followed were super fun, creative, and darker compared to the typical Marvel formula. One aspect that was actually great was Wanda’s whole ordeal, played wonderfully by Elizabeth Olson, the one thing that did land emotionally for me that may have even overshadowed whatever the rest of the movie was. Seeing that Fantastic Four guy, Xavier and the rest is cool in concept, though their random appearances plopped into the movie did come across as cheap and unearned, especially with what little they do with them. I like Dr. Strange, though his chemistry with America is shallow due to the rushed structure (particularly in the first half) and the lazy, convenient way plot details unfold. Not all of it works, but hey it has personality when Raimi is allowed to do his crazy shtick.