REVIEW: Doctor Strange film is a thrill ride from the beginning to the end

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More so than an actual movie, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is more like just another episode in the always enjoyable and very popular Marvel Cinematic Universe.

After more than a decade of beloved and hugely successful superhero movies, Marvel Studios shows no signs of slowing down or taking it easy. Every new release — including this Doctor Strange sequel — is as big and as fun as the last one and probably the next one. They’re the most reliable movie factory in the world. And with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” they’ve done it again.

In the new film, Doctor Strange finds himself protecting a young teenager named America Chavez who has the power to open portals through the multiverse, to visit alternate dimensions. The pair of them hop between dimensions to escape the all-powerful villain who wants to steal America’s powers for themselves.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is definitely at a point where it has stopped introducing itself. There was already one Doctor Strange movie back in 2016 that introduced the character, and he’s guest-starred in a couple of Avengers and Spider-Man films since. So the movie-going public should, in theory, know all they need to know about this superhero sorcerer.

With that in mind, “Multiverse of Madness” hits the ground running from the very first frame, launching audiences into a big, fun action adventure film that rarely slows down. There’s action, big character moments, tons of magic spells and monsters, and the occasional delivery of specific exposition. And it never stops.

Unlike other Marvel movies, “Multiverse” doesn’t hold the audience’s hand to ease them through the action. The movie is made with existing Marvel fans in mind. It’s not too complicated and it’s not too weird. If you’re already a fan of these movies, you should feel right at home with what “Multiverse” has to offer.

Of special note is classic horror director Sam Raimi adding his unique brand of wild energy and spooky cinematography to the movie. Raimi takes this movie in some truly horrific and sometimes gruesome directions, all of which add to the adventurous nature. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” has a little bit of everything.

Sometimes a little too much, but that again depends on your stomach for all these Marvel superhero movies.

Even after all these years and all these films and crossovers, Marvel still knows how to make a big, entertaining movie. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is a thrill ride from the very beginning to the very end. Strap in and go enjoy yourself.

“Doctor Strange 2” is playing in theaters and is not yet available for streaming.

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