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Doctor Strange (2016)

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While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

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Scott Derrickson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Dr. Stephen Strange
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Mordo
Rachel McAdams ... Dr. Christine Palmer
Benedict Wong ... Wong
Mads Mikkelsen ... Kaecilius
Tilda Swinton ... The Ancient One
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Dr. Nicodemus West
Benjamin Bratt ... Jonathan Pangborn
Scott Adkins ... Lucian / Strong Zealot
Zara Phythian ... Brunette Zealot
Alaa Safi ... Tall Zealot
Katrina Durden ... Blonde Zealot
Topo Wresniwiro ... Hamir
Umit Ulgen Umit Ulgen ... Sol Rama
Linda Louise Duan ... Tina Minoru (as Linda Duan)

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Storyline

Marvel's "Doctor Strange" follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Written by Marvel

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Question reality. Change your destiny. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jessica Chastain was originally approached for the role of Dr. Christine Palmer before the casting of Rachel McAdams, but turned down the offer due to her insistence on portraying a character with superpowers. Chastain was previously considered for Maya Hansen and Hope van Dyne in Iron Man 3 (2013) and Ant-Man (2015) respectively. Chastain would go on to portray Vuk in X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019). See more »

Goofs

At least twice in the film Strange refers to Pangborn's spinal cord injury as having occurred between "C7" and C8" - meaning the 7th and 8th cervical vertebrae. But humans only have 7 cervical vertebrae. An injury in this location would actually be between C7 and T1 (the first thoracic vertebra). See more »

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[first lines]
The Ancient One: Master Kaecilius. That ritual will bring you only sorrow.
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There is a scene at the end of the closing credits: Baron Mordo meets Pangborn and takes away his healing magic. See more »

Connections

Version of Dr. Strange (1978) See more »

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Shining Star
Written by Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, and Maurice White
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire (as Earth, Wind & Fire)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Superb Visuals Accompanied by a Solid Script
5 April 2017 | by SquigglyCrunchSee all my reviews

Doctor Strange follows a surgeon who, after suffering from a major injury, sets out to search for healing. Instead, he ends up learning about magic.

The movie opens with a scene that is both darker and funnier than most Marvel superhero movies I've seen. It sets the tone really well, and it actually manages to carry that all the way through. It is comedic, yet it maintains a level of urgency or threat to the entire situation that the characters constantly find themselves in, keeping the audience intrigued for most the entire duration.

The special effects were probably the biggest selling point for this movie. For me, anyway. I made a point of getting it on blu-ray, and it paid off. The effects are pretty trippy (for lack of a better word), and that's really all I'm going to say about them. I wasn't sure they always made sense in the context of the movie, but they were still pretty cool.

Unlike other Marvel superhero movies I've seen recently, this one is actually funny. The character of Stephen Strange is actually fleshed-out and realistic to an extent. He's an engaging character with plenty of faults and just as much charm. He's a fun character, and I get the feeling Eggs Benedict Cucumberpatch felt the same. In fact, basically the entire cast seems to be having a jolly ol' time making the movie. There's just this air of fun surrounding it.

The writing is actually pretty good, with dialogue that comes expected of a particular character, and a plot driven in a direction that makes sense and ceases to be boring. I never found myself questioning a character's decisions due to pure stupidity, nor did I find myself dozing like I have through the last few movies. It manages to build an intriguing world without revealing too much or boring the audience with lore and exposition, yet it gives us just enough to keep us interested.

Overall Doctor Strange is both fun and funny, clever and pretty, well acted and well-written, and is just an all-around great movie. It's a step in the right direction for Marvel, and I'm hoping to see them continue in this direction. In the end I would recommend this movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Strange See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,058,311, 6 November 2016

Gross USA:

$232,641,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$677,796,076
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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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