Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange ★★★½

By the time we get to the chase scene through shifting planes, twisting buildings, and folding skylines (here’s a piece of advice I never dispense: pony up for the 3D screening), we’re having something often absent from these lumbering, franchise-feeding blockbusters: a good time. The scripting is a little dodgy – particularly in the turning-back-the-clock climax, which feels an awful lot like the end of the first 'Superman' – and the dialogue, particularly in the opening scenes, is so rote you can recite it along with them. But if it’s not great storytelling, at least it’s good spectacle, and that seems like the minimum these movies can provide.