Benedict Cumberbatch: 3 Important Films
People say, “This is your moment.” Well, I hate to say it, but I don’t believe in moments. I don’t believe in one-offs. I believe in something continuing and continuing, and I want to be doing this job for the next 50 years if I live that long. – Benedict Cumberbatch
Before he was a talking dragon protecting gold, Before he was the swift-talking-inhuman-robot living on 221B, Baker Street, before he was a terrorist with an ideology bringing darkness on to the Enterprise, or before he was turning up pages, firing people and calculating possibilities of making a machine to stop the war, he was a British actor who was waiting to be recognized.
Starter For 10 (2006) | Director: Tom Vaughan
Starring James McAvoy in the lead, this British coming-of-age comedy is about a boy trying hard to fit the bill of a cool college student. It shows the awkwardness, heartbreak and disappointment that drags you along as you try to get to the top.
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Benedict Cumberbatch appeared as Patrick Watts, the fast-talking, emotionally-drained, priggish head of the University Challenge team at Bristol University. His conniving acts and naive outlook make you hate and love him in equal measures. While he is supposedly a disciplined, well-blown participant in the Quiz Show you just can’t stop grinning when he shouts “Let’s take these mothers out.”
Third Star (2010) | Director: Hattie Dalton
A story of some-thirty something men who set off to some remote area of Wales. While the film is a simple journey of friends connecting with each other over personal issues, internal betrayals and death, it also takes a sharp jib over the iPhone generation which is more concerned about the random app they downloaded while someone in their living room is fighting for their life.
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Third Star was uneven in its narrative but the acting, especially by Benedict Cumberbatch, made this something worth cherishing. Playing James, he makes way for all the unsaid things and strange revelations as he forces his mates to go to his ‘Favourite Place in The World.’ He stares into the endless sea and raises a toast to his friends: “So I raise a morphine toast to you all. Remember that you were loved by me. And that you made my life a happy one.”
Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007) | Director: David Attwood
It’s hard to notice anyone when Tom Hardy completely overpowers you with his gut-wrenching portrayal of Stuart Short. But Stuart’s life can’t be portrayed the way it has been done if there was not a writer on board.
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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alexander Masters who initially cringes about writing Stuart Short’s unconventional biography when he asks him to “‘Do (Write) it backwards. Like a murder mystery..what murdered the boy?” But slowly Alexander takes over all socio-cultural boundaries and develops a sweet, genuine and eccentric friendship with the self-harming homeless freak.