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Trust me: no one was more excited about this movie than me.

I’ve been waiting for this sequel since 2017.

It’s no secret that this movie was going to be big. The multiverse has been teased for a long time, first properly confirmed in Endgame and then further explored in Spiderman: Far From Home.

And yet, despite its intriguing concept, this movie was mildly entertaining at best.

I’d have to say that the strongest aspect of this movie was its storyline. An adventure that takes our characters bouncing through the multiverse? Sign-me up! This was undoubtedly an action-packed film that started running the moment it hit the ground and left no breathing room.

Yet, accompanying this story are directing choices I found to be quite questionable at times.

A few Google searches will inform anyone that this is director Sam Raimi’s first film in eight years and unfortunately, it shows.

This movie is filled to the brim with transition scenes recognizable from movies in the early 2000s, such as scenes fading into one another or two semi-transparent scenes stacked onto one another. These transitions were especially noticeable during serious moments, where it’s hard to focus when three faces are floating next to each other in a giggle-inducing way.

This film also falls prey to an increasingly annoying trend: the overuse of CGI. By focusing more on how spectacular a scene looks, this film starts to lack substance. Each fight seems to become bigger and bigger every second, each one trying to outdo the previous one.

Gone are the movies focusing on characters; the latest Marvel movies all seem intent on telling big stories.

But telling big stories comes with a price: by focusing on a large storyline, it’s easy to lose sight of who your characters are. This film does indeed pay this price by choosing to tell such a spectacular story that all the characters become 2D caricatures of who they were.

Stephen Strange, an arrogant sorcerer sassy enough to be seen as Tony Stark’s successor, has become a cardboard cutout of who he was. His relationship with Christine Palmer could be compared to a stale cracker, with there being no reason for their relationship other than the romance being used for a plot point. They had an interesting dynamic in the first film; this second film erases all the chemistry they previously had.

The most interesting character was probably America, with her tragic past and unique power, but even the buildup to the moment where she could fully use her powers is weak and without impact, happening suddenly as if there was no time for her development.

When telling a big story, the plot is important, but focusing on all aspects is even more important.

If I had to summarize this film in a phrase, it would be “great idea, poor execution“.

Marvel has come incredibly far over these past few years, but lately, their movies have been declining in quality. Infinity War and Endgame had such an amazing reception and performance because of how attached the audience has become to the central characters.

Take that attachment and affection away, what will they be left with?

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