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Doctor Strange offers magic with mind-bending effects, says CBC's Eli Glasner

Doctor Strange is essentially Iron Man with a mystical makeover, says CBC's Eli Glasner.

Eye-popping visual effects worth watching on the biggest screen you can find

Giving the Iron Man format a mystical makeover, Doctor Strange is worth watching for the Marvel-branded movie magic and mind-bending effects, says CBC's Eli Glasner. 5:33

Doctor Strange is essentially Iron Man with a mystical makeover.

It's built on Marvel's signature blend: a balance of special effects, amazing abilities and its own special brand of humanity, where great things happen (characters learn to fly, cast spells, grow impressive goatees), but they remain people.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the mystical hero in Marvel's origin story Doctor Strange. (Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel/Associated Press)

Still, the real star is the special effects team. Doctor Strange's magical battles turn Manhattan into a concrete kaleidoscope — worth watching on the biggest screen you can find. 

Watch Eli Glasner's full review in the video above.

RATING: 4 out of 5 stars.

About the Author

Eli Glasner

Entertainment reporter and film critic

Eli Glasner is a national entertainment reporter and film critic for CBC News. Each Friday he reviews films on CBC News Network as well as appearing on CBC radio programs coast to coast. Covering culture has taken him from the northern tip of Moosonee, Ont. to the Oscars red carpet.

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