Aside from having a name that’s hard to pronounce quickly without tripping over it Benedict Cumberbatch is quite the skilled actor and has proven as much throughout his many appearances in film and TV. A lot of his characters seem rather haughty and even egotistical since they’re designed in this manner but the man himself seems a little more down to earth and is more composed than some of his characters would lead you to believe. He is the kind of person that sees life in a way that others either choose not to or can’t simply because they’re too busy looking to the next horizon in an attempt to get on with the bigger, better deal. The reason for this is that he’s been through a few things in his life that have shown him that life is going to happen one way or another, the only thing you can be grateful for is getting out alive whenever possible.
Here are some of his best movies to date.
5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Anyone that had an issue with the Hobbit movies needs to sit down or watch something else since these films were a huge jump over the 70s cartoons that went through the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books in a grand and somewhat chaotic scope. If you can remember from the cartoon Smaug looked like a cross between a cat and a giant lizard and was less fearsome than disturbing when he really got going. In this version Smaug is absolutely terrifying since he could easily raze an entire city without barely trying and does just that when it comes down to it. The manner in which he’s taken out was a point of frustration with some folks but it was still right from the book so it’s hard to argue with.
4. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Ever notice how spy movies are kind of like shuffling a deck of cards? Eventually the one card you’re searching for will come back to you if you shuffle long enough and in a certain manner since it’s a matter of statistics, skill, and possibly a lot of luck, but in the spy game this is done by moving pieces around on the board or shuffling one player from one position to another until what’s revealed is what the other person desires to see. Yeah, it gets confusing and yet it’s something that a lot of people want to see and will pay good money for in order to find out just who was playing who in the end.
3. The Imitation Game
The heroes of World War II were often those that were never spoke of and did a great deal to help those that were in the field and therefore in the most visible place for people to see what they were doing. The undercurrent of any conflict usually comes back to those that are calling the shots and making the hard decisions on where to send the soldiers and how many might possibly be lost in any one engagement. Therefore the cryptographers in this movie were more than just nerds and brains slaving away with numbers and hidden messages, they were the nerve center that allowed the body of the Allied army to know what was going on and where to go.
2. Avengers: Infinity War
So yes there are two Doctor Strange references in a row but there’s a reason for this. His appearance in the Avengers is great because it identifies him as a part of the same universe, which we knew already, and it pits him against one of the heaviest hitters in the MCU, Thanos. To see him fighting the mad titan in this manner is pretty cool since no matter what you want to say about Doctor Strange he’s never been much of a melee combatant since his skills are formidable but his overall durability just can’t match up to a lot of the heroes and villains in the MCU. But he’s still a heavy-hitter so long as he can use his hands.
1. Doctor Strange
It would be a certain hell to not be able to use the talents you’ve developed for so long when the two most important parts of your body have been damaged beyond repair. But when he begins to learn the mystic arts Stephen finds that his life was destined for another path anyway as he becomes a mystical guardian that is meant to combat the threats that even the Avengers can’t take on without some help. The fact that the movie showed Dormammu, one of Strange’s most notorious and strongest enemies, was pretty cool even if it was a very one-sided battle up until the bargain that was struck.
Benedict Cumberbatch is a bit of an odd person at times but he is a very skilled actor.