'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' Review: The Most Brutal of the MCU Movies

The two-hour and six-minute film is nonstop intensity. And it never lets up to take that bathroom break so limit your water intake. There are many unexpected surprises and twists in the movie. Many of these twists are linked to WandaVision and borrowed from the comics. Marvel comic book fans won’t be surprised while the casual MCU fan may not like the direction.

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DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS is CGI heavy since we travel from one multiverse to another. While some of my fellow colleagues found it chaotic, Raimi’s fans will recognize his style of filmmaking. One particular scene involving the Scarlet Witch is reminiscent of the VFX from Raimi’s DRAG ME TO HELL.

Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is terrifying. We get a glimpse of that side in WandaVision. Olson is terrific in balancing her portrayal of Wanda and the Witch. For a character that started out as a minor player in the MCU, the character has evolved into a fully formed character with Olsen shaping the beloved character.

Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange 2

Benedict Cumberbatch brings his usual cocky attitude to Doctor Steven Strange but here he’s put in check and he’s at his most vulnerable especially when it comes to the girl ( Christine) who got away. Cumberbatch is far more endearing in accepting his faults in this outing.

Rachel McAdams’ Christine is an integral part of this story in a much bigger role than in the 2016 DOCTOR STRANGE. She’s a much more interesting character in the sequel, and McAdams delivers the goods.

Xochitl Gomez is a welcome addition to America Chavez. She’s introduced as a 14-year-old character, much younger than the comic book version. She’s not quite the superhero yet so the movie serves as an introduction to a brand new character in the MCU. The actress brings innocence and wide-eyed perspective to the role. It’s refreshing to see a new face we have not seen before in the superhero space.

For those familiar with Raimi and his history with Bruce Campbell, there’s a treat for their fans.

Stick around for three post-credit scenes that set up a new character, a new development in Doctor Strange‘s journey, and the very last frame is a miscellaneous but enjoyable wink.

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS is now playing in movie theaters.

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