Three out of five stars.
Talented, if arrogant, surgeon is crippled in a car crash but emerges as the latest protector of the Earth with his own magical super -powers.
The latest Marvel Studios’ installment adds the Sorcerer Doctor Strange to its roster of superheroes and provides an enjoyable roller-coaster ride with rather nifty effects.
In fact it’s the standout visuals which sets the film apart from the recent run of super-heroic frolics – think ‘Interception’ to the max. I almost regretted I didn’t catch this in 3D.
Or a few beers or something stronger beforehand might have added to the experience!
Beyond the trippy side of ‘Mirror universes’, which gives the effects houses a whole new playground to work in, it’s pretty much business as usual here. A fast-paced ‘Origin Story’, never boring, kept me entertained despite a minimal plot and weak villain.
On occasion the one-liners feel a little shoe-horned in, but they work. And it’s a nice point to jump into the Marvel Universe – no weighty continuity here.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams are largely wasted in supporting roles, but Tilda Swinton impresses as a glacial ‘Obi Wan’ type figure. And it’s great to see the Cumberbatch owning the screen is his first big-time movie headlining role.
So a satisfying if not exactly ‘Marvel’-ous time at the movies.