Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ★★★

"This time, it's gonna take more than killing me to kill me."

by the time Benedict Cumberbatch earnestly asks "Why was that octopus trying to eat you?", it's established early why Kevin Feige has made a brand out of exclusively courting low-budget directors into a hall of bureaucratic mirrors where imposter-syndrome-panic silently shifts the creative reins over to the execs who already have 70% of the movie pre-viz'd.... Raimi hopped onto MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS as a favor; the man has nothing to prove. And so he doesn't really give a fuck about any of the MCU building blocks or the breadcrumbs (in this movie's case: full stale loaves) leading to new multi-million-dollar star contracts uh i mean EXCITING HEROES AND LORE!
And what can Marvel do about it?
They literally invited him.
What follows is a panicked, reshot-to-hell amalgam of a corporation's forward steps and violent "why are you hitting yourself?" solipsism from a filmmaker who's in it strictly for love of the game. Raimi brings comic book cinema back to its roots... No, not as American myth-making, but as dime novel writers guzzling diner coffee while cartoonists pump cigarettes by the carton to make the coloring deadline for tomorrow's printing of "Tomb of Dracula"

Makes everyone who heralded the MCU as "revolutionary multimedia storytelling" and WANDAVISION as "a groundbreaking feminist treatise on grief" look like absolute dipshit idiots, and caters to everyone who'd just like to pack a bowl and enjoy a dumbass summer movie about wizards, witches, and portals. noble gesture, ultimately still a movie where 30,000 increasingly expensive things just happen for the sake of happening.

Xochitl Gomez seems like a very nice young lady, but did she win a contest or something

i ranked all of sam raimi's movies

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