Doctor Strange (2016) Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Doctor Strange (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Technical wizardy.

  • Starring:

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins

  • Directed by:

    Scott Derrickson

  • Running time:

    115 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are bound, strung up, beheaded, hit with objects, kicked, crushed, punched, beaten, face-grabbed, elbowed, stomped on, robbed, thrown through the air/against walls/down stairs/out onto the street/head-first into a glass cabinet/over a railing, grabbed by hundreds of disembodied hands, headlocked, hit, run through with spear, stabbed, smacked, chained up, roundhouse kicked, tackled, throat-grabbed, near-hit by car, roped, trapped inside a wall/fish tank, impaled, blasted. People fall from high ledges, dangle precariously, fall/jump through portals, repeadetly die/ then resurrect. Weapons/fight training. Objects torn, pushed, smashed, stolen, knocked over. Reckless driving, cars collide, car over cliff, vehicle rollover, car underwater. Explosions, mass property destruction, burning streets/buildings, apocalyptic scenes. Screaming, arguing. Gunshot wound, suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Head falling into bin (decapitation). Dead bodies. Surgical procedures (medical instruments, scans, IV drips, drilling skull, injections, machines that go ping). Bloody bandages/hands/face/head/cuts/nose/objects; dripping blood, smeared blood. Hand reaches into chest. Bruising, scars. Object removed from skull, arms/hands in traction, stitching flesh (close-up). Resuscitation (paddles), flatlining. Characters with charred bodies/red eyes/silver scales around eyes/hoods/cloaks; giant eyeballs/face. Brain donor, craniotomy, organ harvesting, crushed lower spine, burst mid-thoracic, nerve damage, multiple torn ligaments, broken back, paralysed, experimental treatments, acupuncture, high heart rate, loss of body function, shock, dilated pupils mentioned.


    Shirtless man. Nude drawings (no genitals seen). Hand-holding, caressing, kiss on cheek. Sleeping together mentioned.


    Alcohol (beer). Drunk idiot, LSD mentioned.


    S-words, a-words. Name-calling (coward, dog, idiot, zealots, etc). Religious references (prayer wheels) and exclamations (oh my God, what the hell).


    Superheroes, wizardry, healing, therapy, neurology, spinal cord injury, ritual, cellular regeneration, faith, belief, astral projection, spells, magic, time, training, surrender, immortality, temporal manipulation, the dark dimension.


    Hospital setting. Butterfly. Lightning. Images of buildings/streetscapes/interiors/dimensions/body parts move in brain-bending/dizzying ways. Flash/strobe editing. Mid-credits scene, post-credit scene.


    Funny, exciting, trippy, freaky, smart, accessible, nutty, engaging, likeable, eye-popping, exotic, entertaining, escapist, fun, psychedelic, hyper-vivid, thrilling, engrossing, vigorous, dark, mystical, bold. Effective/imaginative/impressive/extravagant/mind-blowing/staggering/innovative/stupendous visual effects, consistently engaging performances, outstanding production design/costumes, memorable score, impressive/clever finale.


    Formulaic, safe. Familiar genre tropes, some forced comedy/dialogue, underwritten villain, inevitable generic showdown.

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