Sam Raimi (Director)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen
For the first half of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness I thought the movie just okay; however, I became more involved and started to enjoy it more in the second half. I think some of the issue was that, not having Disney+, I have not seen any of the new string of Marvel TV series, and following the action of this film required knowledge of WandaVision. Luckily, I've kept up with Marvel news enough to know roughly what happened in the series, so I got the gist of it, but I probably missed out on many of the more subtle nuances. Thus it took me a while to adapt to Wanda the way she is in this film, compared to when we last saw her in End Game. Once I settled in, though, I enjoyed the action sequences and Strange's arc through the movie, as well as some of the fun meta moments, and by the end I was interested to see how the events in this story would affect the character moving forward. Overall, I am giving it four stars. For me, it didn't have quite the magic of the first Doctor Strange film, and, as mentioned, to properly follow it required a knowledge of other material, so it's not one you can just sit and watch without a strong grounding in the MCU and Marvel TV series.