‘Doctor Strange’ and These Other Benedict Cumberbatch Movies Are Definitely Worth a Re-Watch
Oscar-nominated actor, Benedict Cumberbatch first made an appearance in the 2002 TV movie, Field of Gold. Sure he played Jeremy to a tee, but no one could foresee just how big of a star Cumberbatch would come to be.
He tackled a handful of TV series and movies after his debut, even playing the amazing Stephen Hawking in 2004. But, it wasn’t until 2006 that Cumberbatch caught his first “real” movie role, Patrick Watts in Starter for 10.
For the English actor, that was just the start of his big-screen Hollywood career. Cumberbatch has nailed numerous roles over the last 10+ years. From sci-fi to drama, Cumberbatch does it all.
‘Doctor Strange’ (2016)
Sure, Cumberbatch has been spotted in quite a few Marvel movies since his debut as Dr. Stephen Strange. Strange is a brilliant neurosurgeon who embarks on a journey of physical and spiritual healing. In the process he stumbles upon the world of the mystic arts, becoming the OTHER infamous doctor we know and love. The first of course being the Twelfth Doctor in the Christmas story short for the Doctor Who franchise!
Doctor Strange is a visual masterpiece with mind-bending graphics and an amazing story. The character growth displayed and the impeccable performances by the cast make for an experience that is definitely worth running back! Not to mention, Doctor Strange 2 has been announced and there’s no better way to gear up for it than to give the Oscar-nominated fantasy film another go. While you’re at it, don’t be afraid to revisit some of the other Marvel films as the storylines intertwine.
‘The Imitation Game’ (2014)
Before he was Stephen Strange, he was mathematical genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. It seems Cumberbatch is the man who comes to mind when casting for incredibly crafty characters. He even nailed brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes for the seven-year run of Sherlock!
The Imitation Game takes place during World War II and follows Turing as he tries his hand at cracking the German Enigma code. The biographical drama took home an Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay and Cumberbatch was even nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role! While he didn’t take home the award, the nod is a testament to his incredible acting in the film.
The movie also stars some other fan-favorites like the gorgeous Keira Knightley and Watchmen’s Matthew Goode.
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ (2013)
The Hobbit franchise featured Cumberbatch as a Necromancer in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2012. A year later he utilized his voice to take on the role of Smaug once again. He reprised the role in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Cumberbatch does an excellent job at playing neutral/good characters, so it was nice to see him take on the role of the villain in the franchise. In fact, 2013 was full of bad guy roles for the actor!
The film follows Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and the dwarves as they continue to fight against Smaug to reclaim their homeland. While it’s recommended you give all three films a watch; definitely watch this one at least! It was nominated for several Oscars for Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, and Sound Editing. The film really does go above and beyond when it comes to creating atmosphere.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness ‘ (2013)
Sci-Fi fans should run back Star Trek Into Darkness to get some good Cumberbatch action! The J.J. Abrams film follows the Enterprise crew, led by Captain Kirk of course, as they go on a manhunt to capture a weapon of mass destruction.
That weapon, Khan, is of course played by Cumberbatch! Khan is an unbelievable intelligent (seeing a trend yet) and dangerous superhuman. A role that helped lead to his BAFTA/LA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. The other films that are apart of that lineup are The Hobbit: DoS, The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, and the next film on the list, 12 Years a Slave.
The film also stars Chris Pine as Kirk, American Horror Story’s Zachary Quinto as Spock, and the beautiful Zoe Saldana as Uhura.
’12 Years a Slave’ (2013)
12 Years a Slave is the incredible true story of a man who was born free in NYC but ended up kidnapped and sold into slavery. The film chronicles the gripping fight for the freedom he once had. It’s a riveting film that easily took home an Academy Award for Best Picture. Viewers watch Solomon struggle not just to live, but also to retain the dignity he was born with. It’s an insane journey that is definitely worth a watch.
Cumberbatch plays William Ford, a plantation owner who initially purchases Solomon. He’s a kindhearted owner…sadly Solomon aka Platt was unable to stay at that plantation. You’ll just have to watch the film to find out why!
Here are a few more Cumberbatch films to see on movie night!
- Black Mass – Cumberbatch plays Billy Bulger, the brother to Whitey Bulger, the most infamous violent criminal in South Boston’s history.
- The Fifth Estate – Cumberbatch plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in this drama that chronicles a quest to expose corruption worldwide.
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – In this Cold War film, espionage vet George Smiley needs to get back on the job to find a Soviet Agent hiding in MI6.
- War Horse – During World War I, Albert enlists to serve out on the front lines. Another war-torn film joins the ranks!
- Starter for 10 – Don’t forget to catch his big-screen movie debut! The comedy tells the story of Brian Jacksons (James McAvoy’s) first year at Bristol University and is definitely worth the 1.5-hour runtime!