Marvel keeps its stride, releases another success with ‘Doctor Strange’

"Doctor Strange"

"Doctor Strange"

Marvel Studio’s ability to consistently make successful, high-quality movies is nothing short of marvelous.

Before “Doctor Strange,” Marvel left us on a bit of cliffhanger with “Captain America: Civil War.”

Internal conflict and moral ambiguity broke out between “The Avengers” as they found themselves fighting each other, eventually splitting into two teams set on going their different ways — at least for now.

Enter “Doctor Strange.”

The movie stars the always talented Benedict Cumberbatch (“12 Years a Slave,” “The Imitation Game,” “Black Mass”) as Stephen Vincent Strange, Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal,” “Casino Royale,” “The Hunt”) as antagonist Kaecilius, Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “Children of Men,” “The Martian”) as Baron Mordo, and Tilda Swinton (“Blue,” “Deep Water,” “War Requiem”) as The Ancient One.

Hailed as one of the world’s best surgeons, Dr. Stephen Strange finds himself searching for answers after a traumatic injury leaves his hands relatively useless. While searching, he encounters The Ancient One, who helps him to slowly break down his ego and control his own spiritual powers.

The movie, which is incredibly odd, yet relatively easy to follow, is less like “Captain America” or “Iron Man” and sticks primarily to its own storyline in the universe.

Employing beautiful visual effects and a magnificent screenplay, “Doctor Strange” takes the audience on a journey unlike anything Marvel has ever shown.

Although I enjoyed the movie and felt the actors were able to get the most out of their characters, it’s pacing consistently threw me off, confusing the film’s exposition, rising action, climax and ending.

As someone who tends to enjoy shorter movies, “Doctor Strange” could have made a push to extend backstories and lessen the overwhelming feeling of being rushed.

Rottentomatoes gave “Doctor Strange” an excellent 90%, but I’d give it an above-average 80%.

THOUGHTS: “Doctor Strange” was good, but the awkwardly-paced 115-minute feature could have been longer.

Nonetheless, If you enjoy tip-top acting, stunning visual effects and the Marvel universe, you’re in for a treat.