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Doctor Strange

  • 2016
  • PG-13
  • 115min
  • 90%
  • 7.5 / 10

Dr. Stephen Strange is a renowned neurosurgeon, albeit his arrogance. After losing his hands in a horrific car accident, he goes far and beyond to search for a cure. He comes across Kamar-Taj and finds himself learning about the Mystic Arts. Training under the guidance of the Ancient One, Strange manifests magical abilities. Advancing quick, Strange uses his abilities against the rising danger of dark sorcery.

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Doctor Strange is a 2016 film adapted from the Marvel Comics of the same name. Despite the rise of superhero film adaptations, there are still some holes that aren't quite filled out. Inasmuch as adaptations can be direct or otherwise, film makers have the freedom to follow the source material or take essential elements and write another story. A controversy arose out of the casting in Doctor Strange. Tilda Swinton played the role of the Ancient One, a powerful being that, in the comics, was a Tibetan monk. The issue of representation has always been a point of contention in the movie industry, especially in Hollywood. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans criticized the film for choosing to place a white female in the supposed role tailored for Asians. Director Scott Derrickson defended his decision that having the character be from Tibet will alienate Chinese audiences as a political statement. This was still seen as a move against Asian representation because it continues the trend of not having any prominent Asian actors or actresses play a lead role.

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Doctor Strange is a 2016 film from Marvel Studios, being the fourteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scott Derrickson directed the film while Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill led writing. Released on November 4, 2016, it earned $677 million. Playing the titular character is Benedict Cumberbatch. With him are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. It received praises for its stunning visuals with an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.