Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ★★½

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was just… ok. A great Sam Raimi gothic horror flick is lurking underneath the crushing weight of over calibrated MCU world building. But it only pokes through in fits, giving the film a nauseating quality in its rapid tonal shifting.

The performances are also lacking: Elizabeth Olsen, for instance, just didn’t work for me, and the story made me hate the events in WandaVision even more. I don’t think this movie, on an emotional level, provides a firm bridge to that series or even the first Doctor Strange, especially with regards to the relationship between Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Christine (Rachel McAdams). This film assumes that you’ve just finished watching WandaVision or the first Strange and are just now queuing up this up. And even with that logic, it just doesn’t work.

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