Benedict Cumberbatch: 5 movies that should be on your watchlist

An actor par excellence, Benedict Cumberbatch is inarguably one of the finest actors in today’s world.

Ask any acting student about their idol and many of them would surely come up with the name Benedict Cumberbatch. An actor who is equally good on stage, television and cinema, Cumberbatch has been winning our hearts with his charming personality, baritone voice, green eyes and versatile acting skills since years. While theatre (most notable works include ‘Hamlet’, ‘Frankenstein’ etc.) shaped him as an actor, television (example: BBC’s ‘Sherlock’) has brought him into limelight and made him a global superstar. Also, he has acted in some critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies that should be on every cinephile’s watchlist.

  1. Atonement (2007): In this romantic war drama directed by Joe Wright, Benedict Cumberbatch had a minor role and still managed to stun everyone with his brilliant acting skill. This period drama tells a hard-hitting story and leaves its viewers completely awestruck. Benedict played a negative character named Paul Marshall and his effortless portrayal will make you literally hate the character while watching the movie. The scene where he offers a chocolate bar to a young girl and says, “Bite it. You have to bite it.” is enough to prove how brilliant actor he is!
  2. 12 Years a Slave (2013): One of the best movies on the brutality related to slavery, ’12 Years a Slave’ revolves around the tragic story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was forcefully sold into slavery in the mid-19th century. Cumberbatch played the role of Solomon’s owner named William Ford and brilliantly pulled off the kindness and hopelessness of the character.
  3. Star Trek into Darkness (2013): If you have seen the movie, you know how challenging the character of Khan is! But Cumberbatch, being an incredibly talented actor, portrayed the role with utmost perfection and made it conventional on screen. The film offers a spine-chilling experience and Cumberbatch as the villain will literally make you fear the character.
  4. The Imitation Game (2014): Directed by Morten Tyldum, this film tells the story of the genius British mathematician Alan Turing who protected his nation by cracking the Enigma code of the Germans during World War II. Benedict’s brilliant way of portraying the raw, intense and genius characteristics of Turing brought him an Oscar nomination that year.
  5. Doctor Strange (2016): Arguably the most interesting film in MCU, this film showcases the wide range of Cumberbatch as an actor. The film revolves around a brilliant neurosurgeon who ultimately gets involved in mystic arts. Benedict as Dr. Strange is so perfect that no other actor could have played the role better than him.

Benedict Cumberbatch is truly an unparallel talent whose each performance makes us fall in love with him more and more.

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