Out of every Marvel movie that has come down the turnpike thus far, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS is the one that most ought to appeal to the Horror faithful, and to the vampire marks in particular. It doesn’t have a vampire in it, but it does have a zombie. Oh, and there are some EVIL DEAD-esque demons, too. And Gargantos-slash-Shuma-Gorath is there to appeal to the kaiju crowd. The movie is a tasty concoction that should satisfy the Marvel fans, as it hits all the requisite marks and advances both the personal narrative of Doctor Strange but also the all-encompassing storyline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But this one is a Horror movie; make no mistake. And in particular it’s a Sam Raimi movie, stamped with his signature style. Who better than the guy who came out of the Horror world to helm the movie, the original SPIDER-MAN, that helped to birth, along with the original X-MEN and the one that started it all, BLADE, the modern superhero movie phenomenon that we currently know and love?
The acting is superb, the visuals stunning. The cameos are there to titillate and enervate. But what anchors this one, as must be the case with any worthwhile genre effort, is the characterization. The humanity of the story. And it has plenty of this primal, and of primary importance, grounding element. Another worthy installment from the Marvel juggernaut. See it in the theater.