Benedict Cumberbatch

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The most recent addition to my acting brick road list. It’s the Cumber Bomber himself and it’s his time to have his film and TV work looked at. Click here and scroll down to find out what my fave movie of his is and see the video of him bombing the photo of U2 at the Oscars and stop off on the journey down to look the other actors present so far. 

BEST PERFORMANCE: He is beyond good in ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ adding to the rich cast and story of spies. He holds his own against experienced actors at a time when he still hadn’t become the phenomenon he is now. He demonstrates wonderful range, highs of anger and lows of subtle reactions. He also beats blood out of Tom Hardy with a rageful entrance to the room. 

NOT SO BEST PERFORMANCE: He was still good in the film but a short role with nothing of great interest to get his teeth into left Cumberbatch feeling like a late addition and spare part in ‘August: Osage County’. A film that felt too stagey and one of it’s only strong points could be found in the table scene. He was too whimpery and any actor could have done the role, it wasn’t a spectacular or even great acting showcase.

FAMILY FRIENDLY: The Hobbit movies are appealable to all ages and his role as the wicked Smaug is a big role to entice the kids into recognising who he is even if it is motion capture. He’s also set to appear in the penguins spin off from Madagascar. I can see him having more voice work in film soon with his British posh voice likely to attract Hollywood for more villainous characters. 

MATURE ROLE: ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ is heavy going, long and adult in its theme of double crossing and spy nature. He’s also been in ‘Four Lions’ a film about terrorism and comedy that is definitely not for family viewings unless you’re letting them watch the wrong sort of films! 

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One thought on “Benedict Cumberbatch

  1. Oh man! No love for Khan?! Haha. I do agree though–he’s pretty great in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and he is perfectly cast as the voice of Smaug. I have yet to see August: Osage County, but from what I’ve heard it does sound like one of his weaker roles, though even his weakest stuff probably outshines half of Hollywood. 😉 Nice write-up!

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