lec’s review published on Letterboxd:
"I love you in every universe"
One of my most anticipated films for this year while also being one of the first premieres I've ever gone to ever since I can remember. (Well, technically, it was released on the 4th in the PH, but I got to watch it on the 6th, which counts) So technically, this film has already got a special place in my heart, and it undoubtedly did not disappoint. However, it may have been better in some aspects. Sam Raimi created my childhood, and he's recreating it here again.
The cinematography and CGI were undoubtedly among Marvel's best in recent years. It was just a rollercoaster of an abundance of colors that was pleasing to the eye, especially in the cinema. Additionally, the fight scenes were brilliant, badass, and somewhat scary, especially that one scene.
The acting was just top-notch; Olsen and Cumberbatch were just phenomenal to watch, from being a psycho superheroes to having emotional breakdowns at the end. Also, the cameos were the cream of the crop; it may not be what some people expected, but for me, they certainly did the job.
But one of the weakest points of this movie was the plot. The plot always carries a film, but unfortunately, this movie had a weak one. The story did not captivate me in some parts. I'm not mad about who became the villain, but the motive was inadequate, and the Scarlett Witch bullshit doesn't work on this either. The character development didn't help either. But the plot really relied on emotional value which was okay. The plot was just okay, it was very questionable in some parts, but it was also excellent. But the redeeming factor of this all was Olsen's performance, a masterclass. The newcomer Gomez and Cumberbatch's performances really elevated the film's experience.
Overall, the movie was just incredible from start to finish, I left the cinema pleased with how the movie ended, and that's that. It may not be what people expected, but the film was already great. I really look forward to how Marvel proceeds with Strange's story because it is just starting. Sam Raimi, you're the film's hero, and I thank you for that.
Side Note: I'm fucking excited for the new Fantastic Four movie because of this.