Doctor Strange (2016) Thursday, 20 June 2019

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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer). Drunk idiot, LSD mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

    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.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

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

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