So, it’s not a case of strange by name and strange by nature, as there is way too much that is familiar in the plot-shaping and characterisation of this movie. Nothing happens that is genuinely surprising/unexpected. That said, the film works hard to make magic in the real world credible (although it doesn’t entirely succeed) and Benedict Cumerbatch and Tilda Swinton work hard to make the whole piece engaging. All things considered, the film just about gets away with it. There are some funny lines and moments (helped by a stony-faced librarian called Wong) and some of the spells are intriguing in their potential. However, there is too much clumsy exposition about the multiverse and its energies (they really should have thought about how the original Star Wars explains things – less is more!), the Satanic baddie is pure derivative tosh and there is no genuine sense of jeopardy. A lot of mumbo jumbo, smoke and mirrors. When all is said and done, I enjoyed it and would watch the inevitable follow-up, but I can’t score it more than 7.5 out of 10.
Doctor Strange – no spoilers