With Dr. Strange the Marvel magic seems largely to have run out-which is unfortunate, given the movie's titular protagonist is himself a magician.
Lives up to its title, in mostly good ways.
Doctor Strange is about as weird as any Marvel movie is going to get these days, which is not particularly weird.
The Marvel Comics movie universe gets a bit bigger, though not appreciably better, with Doctor Strange.
There's a bunch of mumbo jumbo about sorcerers and whatnot, which weigh down the screenplay like an anchor.
See it in 3-D IMAX, people, and you're in for the hallucinatory headtrip of the year. And having Cumberbatch around really raises the bar on what's possible in comic-book fantasy.
Doctor Strange has a dazzling, kaleidoscopic palette that compensates for the usual thin-ish story featuring A-list actors zapping one another, along with a hero who looks fearsomely witty even in repose.
For a long while Doctor Strange works both sides of the spiritual street with spectacular success. Then the film becomes what it was sending up so delightfully.
An extremely entertaining and sure-footed adaptation that manages to conjure more than enough magic to easily pass its spell check.