Movie Review: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Taking another adventure through the multiverse, the new installment from the MCU is a thrill ride from start to finish, furthering the excitement of what Marvel Studios will bring in a new blend of action and horror. This is a perfect fit for Doctor Strange, which has a psychedelic undertone that really makes this film stand out from the other Marvel classics we are used to.
In the film, Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the doorway to the multiverse, including alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff.
The stages of the MCU films are heading for another big epic conclusion, like Infinity War or Endgame. Doctor Strange has plot elements about the multiverse that help connect the dots to other Marvel branded films that may have not been apparent before to fans. We even see them jumping into the Marvel/Sony universe, which we don’t see often. For the diehard Marvel fans, there are Easter eggs spread throughout, that even the most eagle-eyed fans will have to watch multiple viewings to catch references to past and upcoming adaptations.
As previously mentioned, Doctor Strange is not director Sam Rami’s first dabble into Marvel, or even comic book films before. Rami seems to tap into his horror background in this film and that is rarely seen in many superhero films, let alone a Marvel film. Some sequences feel like they can be straight out of a supernatural story, which is sure to give audiences a new experience.
Though this is a standard Marvel adventure, the film has a darker edge to it than most. Doctor Strange offers new thrills that may scare younger audiences, so do your research before taking your kids!
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, frightening images, and some language.