Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness It could be one of the big releases of the year. And not only when it comes to superhero movies. The film is a peculiar combination of the horror genre and more complex elements and the high point of Marvel’s maturity. A long journey in which the actor Benedict Cumberbatch has had a special participation. Especially the way his performance, dedication and effort brought a new dimension to the character of Doctor Strange. Become the pillar of the next phases of the most profitable franchise in the world, Cumberbatch has the ability to surprise.
Benedict Cumberbatch began his film career in 2002 as the lead in a short film directed by Page Cameron. Hills like white elephants, based on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, is a rare vision of time and pain. The actor’s character had no name. “The Man” was a strange mix of attentive listening and symbolic specter. Years later, Cumberbatch would say that he discovered that he wanted to dedicate his life to cinema in a shot in which he had no lines. “Cinema was suddenly an emotion,” he explained to Guardian. A perception that he seems to have maintained over time.
After almost twenty years in front of the cameras, Benedict Cumberbatch has built one of the most curious filmographies in the world of cinema. His repertoire of roles range from iconic television series, Oscar nominations and of course superheroes. But beyond that, they demonstrate the actor’s ability to bring power and personality to all manner of cinematic creatures. We leave you a list of several of Benedict Cumberbatch’s best performances and his chameleon-like ability to create good cinema.
The story of British scientist Alan Turing is one of the most tragic in the modern world of science. The father of the technology that would allow the development of modern computing became a peculiar symbol of British power. The mathematician was the only one capable of deciphering Nazi encryption during the most complex moment of World War II. And thanks to his efforts, the country was able to defeat the threat of the Third Reich. Despite this, Turing was subsequently prosecuted for his sexual orientation and ended up undergoing a violent chemical castration procedure. Turned into an anguished look at intolerance, his death shook the British conscience.
Director Morten Tyldum brought Turing’s story to the big screen with 2014’s Unraveling the Riddle, in which Benedict Cumberbatch played the scientist. But it wasn’t just about a sensitive characterization of a complex man. The film is a look at his brilliant intellectual world and Turing’s need to prove the value of science in a harsh age. Benedict Cumberbatch managed to capture the mathematician’s rare sensitivity in a restrained and elegant performance.
The performance earned the actor his first Oscar nomination and also worldwide recognition for his talent. But for the actor, the role had a deeper meaning. “It was about vindicating the memory of an exceptional man,” Cumberbatch told Variety.
By 2016, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had proven both profitable and conceptually intriguing. So the announcement of the adaptation of one of the classic characters from The House of Ideas raised expectations. Doctor Strange, a mysterious figure, who linked the pseudo-scientific world of the publishing house with the magical, it was a plot and visual challenge. And one that could also open the doors for a whole unknown perception of good, evil and the supernatural in the franchise.
Scott Derrickson was commissioned to bring to the cinema the story of the surgeon turned master of the mystical arts. The director, known for his horror films and his fine conception of the enigmatic, turned the project into a high-flying experiment. But it was the news that Benedict Cumberbatch would play Doctor Strange that made the production a considerable point of interest for Marvel fans.
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The combination did not disappoint. Dr Strange was an elegant origin story that connected the best of the original comic, with the personality of the actor to create something new. Also, one of the movies Marvel who took bigger plot and visual risks to tell your story. And despite its flaws — a wasted Mads Mikkelsen, for example — the film became one of the most successful in the series. The magic had come to marvel and through the front door.
Star Trek: Into the Dark
The reinvention of the traditional science fiction franchise found a sophisticated villain in Benedict Cumberbatch. Also, the element to create one of the strangest premises in an ambitious plot that was intended to rethink the idea of power in the saga. It was a confluence of lucky factors that made the sequel to the successful reboot an intriguing experience. Especially thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch turning his Khan into a cold, cruel but sophisticated creature. An evil force that he disconcerted by his power but also, the subtle conception about humanity.
Of course, star trek it is a generational experience and the film was analyzed from that perception. There was talk that JJ Abrams had created a large-scale popcorn experience and that distorted the essence of the saga in favor of spectacularity. But Cumberbatch’s performance not only vindicated the film’s scripting problems, it also gave it an unknown solidity. The result is a peculiar adventure, in which the character of Khan transforms into a fearsome threat.
But the time, in a mirror of the best of the franchise. Between the human and the inexplicable, this brilliant villain became an enemy fit for Chris Pine’s Kirk. At the other extreme, in a conception of the highest points of Star Trek and his conception of the planetary threat. The result is a frenetic journey through worlds, situations and spaces dark of conscience. A mature film for an increasingly discerning and demanding fandom.
the power of the dog
Jane Campion’s adaptation of Thomas Savage’s powerful book resulted in a gothic-inspired neo-western that wowed critics. But it was Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance that made the Netflix movie one of the best of 2021 and perhaps of the decade. The portrait of him about emotional containment, fear, the anguish of an emotional world castrated by the context, astonished.
It also became the high point of the actor’s journey through complicated and increasingly demanding records. Especially, allowed him to construct an entirely new idea of what is virile and deal with the conception about the inner fragility of his character.
Benedict Cumberbatch had to resort to a deep physical exploration to express all sorts of complex ideas through complicated body language. His performance became a tour of nuances that supported a tough and intriguing story with supernatural airs. The role earned the actor his second Oscar nomination and unanimous recognition from the movie world as one of the best actors of his generation.
The story of how the Grinch stole Christmas from Villa Quien is already part of cinema history. So much so that the version starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard became a singular Christmas classic. So that create a second adaptation that would rival the success and the popularity of the first was quite reckless. A challenge that directorial duo Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney took on with some bold plot decisions. First, they went back to the original text and decided to create a completely accurate adaptation of the Doctor Seuss story. At the other extreme, they turned to the animated world which allowed them to create a new world in which to analyze the story.
And also, they made the curious decision that the voice of the moody and cynical Grinch was that of Benedict Cumberbatch. The actor, who had already had experience with vocal talent playing Smaug in the trilogy of The HobbitIt was an ideal decision. He turned the Grinch into a touching creature and gave him character and personality. The renegade from Whoville returned to the big screen as a rare combination of festive innocence and a certain malice that conquered the public. But also that Cumberbatch is always capable of surprising, in all the decisions he makes in his long and increasingly exciting film career.