I don’t think that I could have watched Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on a better day than on Mother’s Day. I have you think that Marvel’s plan of releasing it when they did because of that. I was also kind of worried about Multiverse of Madness when it was announced that Scott Derrickson was stepping away, but then I became cautiously optimistic when Sam Raimi was announced as the one taking over as director.
This is the most Raimi I’ve seen in a new movie in some time. Probably since Drag Me to Hell and it was both surprising and incredibly welcome. I want this to lead to a string of horror MCU movies because Raimi is able to flex all of his horror muscles and it works so well that you can’t help but want more. Michael Waldron wrote the script, and it makes sense with as much multiverse craziness is in the movie. Waldron was the lead writer for Loki, which is one of the more tangentially connected shows. While the movie is passed at a breakneck speed you don’t get to notice some of the missteps because they aren’t dwelled on.
Before I mention anything about how amazing the cast is I want to mention Bruce Campbell’s cameo. If you know much of anything about both Raimi and Campbell are such huge fans of the Three Stooges. The cameo is the purest Stooges slapstick that has been on the big screen in decades. The cast is amazing and consists of Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Olson continues her journey from WandaVision and its absolutely heartbreaking. Cumberbatch plays Strange as someone disconnected from the world he helped save. This is the most Benedict Wong we got in a movie, and I want him to pop up in other movies because he’s so much fun to watch. Xochitl Gomez is great in the movie and holds her own in this movie where she is the central character. There really isn’t a single member of the cast that isn’t fantastic. There are so many cameos that I won’t mention them because I try to stay away from revealing them now.
The CG in Multiverse of Madness is outstanding. There was so much craziness that CG artists were able to do that I can’t help but marvel at it. The practical effects are used sparingly but are fantastic as well. The way that they’re blended together makes them both that much better. The stunt team is great. The costume and set designers knocked it out of the park with all of the different universes and them having distinct looks. The music from Danny Elfman is amazing. The way he’s able to blend the new music with other themes is mind-blowing.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is an interesting addition to the MCU and continues the journey into the multiverse. I want to mention that I don’t think that there could have been a better director for a movie about an evil book. I don’t know where any of the characters will be going after this movie. I once again recommend seeing the movie in theaters if you can. I give Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness 9.5 Darkholds out of 10.