Not recommended under 15 due to disturbing themes, violence and scary scenes
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|Children under 15||Not recommended due to disturbing themes, violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 15 and over||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Doctor Strange|
|Consumer advice lines:||Fantasy themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The movie begins with Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) as a top-level neurosurgeon. His arrogance and overconfidence distance him from others.
After a car accident causes permanent and serious nerve damage to his hands, Stephen embarks on a quest to find a cure that will allow him to recommence his work in the medical field. Upon hearing about a strange cult of healers who may be able to assist him, Stephen crosses the world to visit Nepal. He is at first highly sceptical of their discussion of the mystic arts, but is gradually forced to re-evaluate his entire view of the world and reality itself. The leader of the group, the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), then begins a process of mentoring Stephen and he quickly advances in his mystical skills.
Stephen’s progress is interrupted by the ongoing threat posed by a previous student, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen). Kaecilius seeks eternal life and intends to summon a powerful creature from the Dark Dimension in order to achieve his desired outcome. Stephen finds himself thrown into a war he did not know existed, where he must utilise his newfound skills not only as a source of physical and psychological power for himself, but also in order to protect humanity.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Good versus evil; the supernatural; eternal life; romance and love
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is considerable violence within the film, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by some of the violent and scary scenes described above and the deaths of several characters including the Ancient One.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by some of the violent and scary scenes described above
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Younger teens may also be disturbed by some of the scenes described above.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are mild sexual references, including:
None of concern
None of concern
There is mild coarse language, including:
Doctor Strange is a Marvel superhero film that follows an acclaimed neurosurgeon as he sets out on a journey of healing, but ultimately ends up gaining a great deal more than he had initially bargained for. There is plenty in the film to discuss with older teens, but the film is definitely not recommended for children under 15. It is a dark film, dealing with the supernatural, with violence throughout and some disturbing scenes.
The film demonstrates Stephen’s gradually developing humility as he begins to recognise individuals with skills and knowledge greater than his own. As he opens his mind to possibilities he had previously never acknowledged, he finds not only great personal fulfilment and a sense of purpose, but also newfound connections with others.
The film highlights the importance of being prepared to fail, and to try new things despite strong fears of failure being present. It explores beliefs about death, and questions of whether eternal life would ultimately be a positive or destructive thing. The film also highlights the importance of understanding that all actions have consequences, and that if people do not abide by the ethical rules and standards that they themselves value, there may be a price to pay.
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age