Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review (No Spoilers): Lots of Magic, Little Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is directed by Sam Raimi and written by Michael Waldron. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda/Scarlet Witch, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Benedict Wong as Sorcerer Supreme Wong, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, and Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer. The music is by Danny Elfman, the cinematography is by John Mathieson and edited by Bob Murawski and Tia Nolan. The runtime is 126 minutes.

The synopsis reads, “In Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.”

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review Contains NO SPOILERS

In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Doctor Strange finds a link to multiversal travel. It’s a person who needs to be protected. If went into the wrong hands, it can threaten every universe. So he seeks help from someone who has a great knowledge of such things – Wanda. But as seen in the last episode of WandaVision, Wanda is now the Scarlet Witch. With Darkhold in her hand, she has gained knowledge about things she isn’t supposed to.

Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch travel through different universes and learn dark secrets about themselves and others. That’s where Sam Raimi and Michael Waldron bring the bewitching madness.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange, aka Doctor Strange, is one of the powerful superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even though he did brilliant tricks from his first film till Spider-Man: No Way Home, you still wanted to see him in his best form. Raimi shows us to what extent Strange can use his magical powers. Strange is impressively powerful and can go extremely dark and nice too.

The way Agatha hyped Scarlet Witch at the end of WandaVision leaves you curious. Just like Strange, Sam has shown us how Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is unstoppable and brutal when she uses her magic in full form.

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With WandaVision, Loki and then Spider-Man: No Way Home, the expectations from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness were evidently high. If that wasn’t enough, Marvel’s animated show What If…? gave us a glimpse of how crazy and enormous the multiverse is with endless possibilities. Sam Raimi has done a good job and added his narrative style, making MoM appear starkly different from previous MCU films.

While Sam and Michael manage to startle us a few times, you still say, “something is missing”. In the story, the challenges are immense, and sometimes the characters struggle to make things right. But Raimi managed to give us an answer to most things. The issue with getting answers to these intricate multiversal messes is that it doesn’t always feel gratifying. It takes away the ‘madness’ we are promised. After watching What If…?, one can understand how complicated and also threatening the multiverse is. The interference leaves a tremendous impact.

The madness seems like a hurdle that the characters have passed with some inconvenience. While some scenes looked quite spooky, the story missed the punch that one expects from one of the momentous films of Phase 4.

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Coming to performances, Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant, and you fall more in love with his character. Sam has balanced Stephen’s smugness with a mature and emotional side that we didn’t see in previous MCU films. After WandaVision, Elizabeth Olsen again gives a phenomenally chilling performance. The terror in her voice leaves you worried about what she plans to unleash in the multiversal mess.

Rachel McAdams’ Christine gets a meaningful role in the Multiverse of Madness compared to the first one. Actors Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez and Chiwetel Ejiofor also play their parts well.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Final Thoughts

Overall, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness leaves you bewitched with two powerful magical beings and magnificent scenes. But you want more depth in the story. Although, I love this new MCU where the story has more emotions and less grand superhero antics. The film doesn’t have much classic MCU humour, which is a good decision. Fans will go into a frenzy in several scenes, which I didn’t mention in the review because they’re BIG Spoilers.

There’s a mid-credit and an end credit scene. The end credit scene will leave you in splits.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review: Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen show us the power of magic in Sam Raimi's film.

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