Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has arrived and this time it sees the titular character travel through the multiverse in order to save it.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was sold to us as something else and what we got was interesting, it’s got its ups and DOWNS and I'm sure a lot of us are trying to make sense of how we feel about the film, the characters and blah blah blah.
You know, after my first initial viewing of Multiverse of Madness or MOM, the first thought that came to my mind after the film ended was that it was cool and ultimately that’s what the film is and ends up being, just cool. I liked that the film explored Doctor Strange’s character a little bit further and how other characters in different universes view him, I feel like it showed us that as much as Strange is very confident, and arrogant he’s also capable of universe ending darkness.
And it’s this very darkness that our “villain” Wanda Maximoff uses in order to be able to see her children. Her grief blinds her to the point where she becomes a monster that’s so destructive and I liked that, because if you’re really going to be in your villain era do it for your children. I also think Wanda’s character could have been handled slightly better, something was missing for me in her journey. Wanda’s journey in this film was emotionally and tone-wise not what I expected considering the events of WandaVision and the last time we saw her. I think a misunderstanding or miscommunication happened but it’s whatever I guess.
I felt like some characters were under-utilized and could have served the film much better if they had more depth to them (looking at you Mordo and America). The cameos were cool, but for me they're overshadowed by the massive monster that Wanda has become in her quest. Her fight sequences are so laced with horror and nightmare to really show how far she's fallen, so I didn't care for the cameos. The action sequences in this film are good, personally I could watch Wanda go toe to toe with Earth's Mightiest Heroes from any universe if Sam is going to direct it.
Sam Raimi really made some exciting choices here and there and some not so good ones, I didn’t enjoy the look of Zombie Strange. In IMAX that bestie did not look cute. For those saying its scary... it’s really not scary but it just plays to the horror clichés. Overall, it’s an MCU film that doesn’t overwhelm or underwhelm but it provides a whole lot of frantic action, Wanda Maximoff being the strongest avenger and the humour is light and that’s refreshing for the MCU. One thing about this film that I loved though is that it slightly tries to deviate from the MCU formula.