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“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” Delivers

TSL Review

The newest Marvel movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, earned $450 million at the box office, making it the biggest opening of 2022. Through promotions it was shown to be one of the most critical and epic MCU films, with Strange and America Chavez punching their way through different dimensions as they’re chased by whatever crazy horrors the director, Sam Raimi, thought up. However, a lot of audiences are getting mad over it not meeting what it was hyped up to be.

Like in the trailers, Steven goes to the wedding of his ex from the first movie, Christine. This sort of subverts the superhero movie trope of the good guy eventually dating their love interest. Subversion of expectations can be seen again lots of other times throughout the movie, and also some of the unresolved themes from the first Doctor Strange, like his arrogance and selfishness stay true to his character. So, right off the bat, pretty good writing.

The horror movie-like descriptions of the film are accurate. There are a lot of decent slow-burn, scary moments, and also a few jump-scares. However, many of these were very cliché. When watching it, you can immediately see “Oh, it’s like in The Ring”, or “I’ve seen that in The Shining.” To be fair to Raimi and the writers, it’s nearly impossible to make a horror movie nowadays without having a few of those tropes. The scary moments were actually a very refreshing change for Marvel, which usually has more light-hearted movies. You can also see some of the Raimi corniness in the movies, with some quips and random lines. It gave old-school scary movie vibes, and really, what do you expect from the same man who made the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films?

The main issue people seem to have with the movie is that there are actually very few parallel dimensions that Doctor Strange and America visit. You can definitely see some interesting ones, but it doesn’t quite match the “madness” part of the title. The plot stays focused on a select few, instead of it being more of a road trip film. Despite that, the hate it’s getting definitely isn’t deserved. It may not be the most critical one to the MCU–though we can’t entirely be sure yet–but at the end of the day, it’s just a really cool Marvel movie. The quality writing and dark, scary tone more than meet expectations. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to see the movie, you should really consider giving it a chance.

 

By Inti Navia, Junior, Chi Arts

Instagram @intinavia

Written by Inti Navia

I love nerding out over Star Wars, Gravity Falls, and Lord of the Rings. I'm an introvert with a never ending appreciation for all things Sci-Fi and fantasy media.

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