Sherlock is over and there’s a hole in your heart. So, here are nine Benedict Cumberbatch movies to fill the void.
Set over a tumultuous 10-year period 100 years ago, this five-hour miniseries tells the story of an honorable Englishman coping with his growing disillusion at the end of one privileged era and the beginning of a new, egalitarian one. As the comfortable certainties of Edwardian England begin to give way to the chaos and destruction of WWI, aristocrat Christopher Tietjens puts principles first by marrying Sylvia, a pretty, manipulative socialite who gives birth to a child who may not be his.
While enduring his new wife’s whims and overt indiscretions, Christopher finds himself inexorably drawn to a young suffragette, Valentine Wannop, but refuses to give in to their mutual passion or end his marriage with Sylvia. The onset of war, combined with the advent of feminism at home and communism in Russia, ushers in far-reaching changes for the English status quo, and gradually erodes the constraints that have kept Christopher tethered to his aristocratic past.
Cumberbatch plays the proud Englishman with a vindictive wife. His performance is amazing as he is torn between what is perceived as right and what he wants. This is an epic sweeping mini-series that will appeal to those who like Downton Abbey.
‘The Fifth Estate’
This dramatic thriller, based on true events, reveals the Internet upstart’s quest to expose the deception and corruptions of power, turning them into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. After Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg team up to shine a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes, they find themselves battling each other over whether the cost of exposing the truth to the public is too high. Riveting, smart and thought provoking, The Fifth Estate poses the ultimate question: “Hero or traitor?”
Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. The blonde hair and droll, curious accent leave Cumberbatch almost unrecognizable, but he is still the highlight of the film.
‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’
Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smile, a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government – which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI-6, has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets.
In this adaptation, Cumberbatch plays super spy Peter Guillam. He is the right hand man to George Smiley and you are never sure which Guillam is the real deal, because as a spy he is constantly changing.
A family is abruptly confronted with the ugly side of their history. David and Dawn are a couple who have moved from the city to a small rural community in Kent, where David lived as a boy. David enjoys his new job (which occupies much of his time) and the serenity of the countryside, but Dawn is less enamored with her new career as a housewife, and she’s becoming frustrated with their unsuccessful efforts to have a baby. One day, Dawn is surprised by the arrival of David’s brother Nick, who is back on leave after serving in Afghanistan. Dawn is happy to see Nick, but David is significantly more wary, and as it becomes increasingly clear that Nick’s experiences in combat have taken a fearsome emotional toll on him, he begins discussing some painful secrets from his family’s past, some of which also involve David.
The brothers’ relationship is the focal point of the story and Cumberbatch’s portrayal of David is very different from the other roles we’ve seen him in. As a viewer, you see him as a trustworthy, loving husband, but as the story unfolds, you begin to question what you really know.
‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
This is just a fun movie to watch, and having Cumberbatch play Khan makes it that much better. Khan has the ability to make you like him and hate him at the same time. You want him to be good, but you know it will never happen. Cumberbatch has some great scenes with Chris Pine and Zachery Quinto.
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