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There’s a moment in one of the trailers of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness where Evil Strange sinisterly whispers ‘Things just got out of hand.’ and that line really sums up how I felt with this movie.

A film that’s decisively more Madness than Multiverse, it barely even commits to exploring either of those concepts thoroughly or effectively. Sam Raimi seems to try to infuse his aesthetic, creativity, and even his weird off-kilter humor to various degrees of success.

Some elements work, some make you raise an eyebrow and others make you groan. This is a movie that clearly was messed with on the cutting room floor. There are obvious elements, plot threads, dialogue, and scenes missing from its narrative.

It’s not necessarily needed but it might have helped with the pacing. Nothing flows or feels right, everything just moves too fast before you get a chance to stop and think about what’s going on. Everything feels like it needs to be overly explained every 10 minutes.

It also introduces new elements constantly into the film in the most truncated way imaginable. It tries to be a sequel to Doctor Strange 1 while also setting up the inner workings of the Multiverse in the context of the MCU and also setting up new characters that will probably show up in future movies.

But it all feels messy, mechanical, and superficial. One of the worst elements the film potentially has is how unimaginative the MCU Multiverse truly is. It seems so bland, boring, and inconsequential to the grand narrative they are seemingly trying to create.

The few moments you see of Sam Raimi’s directorial style seeping into the screen are probably the most enjoyable ones. There are horror sequences that aren’t terrible and the film is surprisingly brutal but not explicitly gory. The CGI was weirdly off in this film.

There were a lot of sequences where it felt they were on a green screen. With all that being said, fans are probably going to enjoy the ride, the references, and allusions to the potential bigger Multiverse.

They’ll also enjoy seeing Dr. Strange and Scarlet Witch on the big screen. It might be the closest we get to a horror movie from Marvel Studios.

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