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‘Multiverse of Madness’ Is a Great Next Step in Doctor Strange’s Story

Yesterday I went and watched Multiverse of Madness again in theaters (IMAX, of course) to not only see the film featuring my favorite superhero of all time again but to grasp the story details a little bit better. And to my great surprise, I enjoyed the film even more!

My first viewing was a rollercoaster of emotions to absorb. From the shock of knowing that Wanda was the unapologetic villain of the movie to the roiling adventure that literally feels like it’s going nonstop for two hours straight. It was a lot to take in and I missed a lot.

So, with this second viewing, there were some things I enjoyed even more like the action sequences, of course, but most importantly, the emotional beats.

Since Doctor Strange, Stephen Strange has barely had any character development outside of his growing skill with his spellbook. To finally resume his arc by forcing him to literally face alternate versions of himself to better understand his place in the multiverse was simply brilliant.

In this post, I want to dive into the absolutely stellar character progression in this film and how it all came to be.

(This is a longread.)

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‘Uncharted’ Is a Bland Action-Adventure Movie

This February Tom Holland starred in the live-action adaptation of Uncharted, a game I never played but have known loads about for a while. When Tom Holland was cast as the iconic game character Nathan Drake fans of the game weren’t that pleased. I understand why now.

Uncharted is your typical find-the-treasure movie but it lacks all of the pizzazz of a film like Indiana Jones or even The Mummy. The action sequences aren’t fun or lively, the humor left me deadpan, the story was as generic as it gets, the music was terrible, and the plot twists were foreseeable; all in all, Uncharted is as bland as it gets.

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‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’: Let’s Talk Spoilers

Okay, it’s been a few days since Multiverse of Madness took over theaters across the globe, shocking viewers with its chaotically fascinating storyline that is 100% a Doctor Strange flick directed by Sam Raimi. And since I already shared my thoughts on the film in a spoiler-free review on Thursday night it’s time to share my thoughts on all of those juicy spoilers. So, hang onto your butts, because we’re about to delve deep into spoiler territory.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

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‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Is a Wild Ride In Every Sense of the Word

For years Doctor Strange has been a supporting character helping to either save the world from a giant genocidal purple alien or aiding a teenager with a personal conundrum. But now we’ve finally been brought back into his world and whoa is his side of the universe a doozy.

Multiverse of Madness lives up to its title in every way possible because that is exactly what it is. Madness! With a two-hour and six-minute runtime, the film moves at a high-speed pace that is both exhilarating and at times, a tiny bit frustrating. The film jumps from scene to scene with relative cohesiveness, except for a few quickly edited moments that don’t quite blend together right.

The highlights of this film are undoubtedly Doctor Strange and Wanda who jockey for MVP of the movie on a quarterly basis. While Wanda Maximoff plays a major role in this film and shines in every scene she graces this is very much a Doctor Strange movie.

The story revolves around him and his place in the multiverse which is, surprisingly, quite controversial. Apparently, Doctor Strange is a guy who either can do a great deal of good or a great deal of harm. The question is, what will become of our Doctor Stephen Strange and what path is he forging for himself?

Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo by Jay Maidment. ¬©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Newcomer Xochitl Gomez stars as America Chavez and unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of her character. It’s rare for me to be a bit bummed about MCU casting but honestly, I almost wish the role had gone to someone else.

Unlike Tom Holland who brought such an instant likability to Peter Parker/Spider-Man Gomez doesn’t fully convince me as the powerful heroine. There were even moments where it felt like she was acting the way the script told her to instead of flowing into the character in a way that was lovable. I just hope she grows on me like Captain America did.

Does the movie have great action scenes? Yes. Yes, it does. There were a lot of moments where I was staring at the screen in pure awe thanks to the spectacle.

Is the movie scary? Very much so. My younger self would’ve been absolutely terrified but thankfully, I’m older and the horror was a bit tamer than I expected. But yes. Be prepared to stare at the screen terrified through a few scenes.

But most importantly, how was the movie? Multiverse of Madness is good, not great. Despite being a rather fascinating film that ultimately shines because it’s two hours of Benedict Cumberbatch being a great superhero there are some elements to the film that I can’t ignore. Like the lackluster humor which I was a bit surprised by considering how great Marvel Studios is with melding legitimately funny moments in the middle of these epic stories.

Like I said earlier, the editing was a bit disjointed at times. There were some moments that felt a tad bit corny. But overall, the film is a fantastic, totally Doctor Strange-ified ride that left me wanting more.

And if you decide to watch this film make sure you stick around for the post-credit scenes. They’re both really fun in their own ways.

I’ll give this movie 93 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. What a thrill ride.

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‘Men in Black: International’: Why Do People Hate This Movie So Much?

I watched Men in Black: International yesterday, expecting it to be the worst of the worst, and surprisingly, I enjoyed the film. Chris Hemsworth’s Agent H and Tessa Thompson’s Agent M are a lovable duo who have to take on a pair of creepy aliens to save the world. Yes, the plot was simple, mostly predictable, and some things didn’t make total sense but this movie made me laugh with its legitimate humor.

I smiled for nearly two hours straight as the film sent me on a rollercoaster ride in which I was waiting for it to take a shockingly bad left turn and instead, it never did.

This movie was much better than Men in Black II and honestly, I’d watch another film in this franchise starring Agent H and Agent M in a flash. They were great, the movie was simply fun, and I’m quite baffled about the movie’s low rating. Do people not understand how to have a good time watching movies anymore or…?

I’m giving this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars and 85 out of 100.

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Is Super Cheesy but Pretty Fun Too

Sonic the Hedgehog seems like a character that you could never make into a cinematic staple, leastwise inside of the real world alongside humans like the Transformers. And yet, Paramount has got a real gem on their hands. The first film, which came out two years ago, seemed like luck. Sure it was enjoyable but I didn’t think it would get a sequel. It did and yes, it’s fun.

Is it better than the first movie? Yes, and no. I found the first film to be funnier while this movie felt VERY cheesy throughout the film. The jokes were kind of lame at times and mostly everything was rather predictable and yet, I had a blast. I couldn’t stop smiling, I laughed, I gasped at some points, and I felt the thrill that only Sonic can give me.

This has now become a successful franchise and I am here for the ride. Now, if we don’t visit Green Hills in the next one what’s the point? Because seeing that world on the big screen would blow. My. MIND!!!! And they have to have the iconic music playing.

All in all, this is a fun movie for the family and if you like watching films that bring out your inner child, this is the movie to watch right now.

I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars and 85 out of 100. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day.