What to see: Benedict Cumberbatch’s 4 must-see movies and 2 series after ‘Doctor Strange’

The star of ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ has done a lot of amazing work as an actor, and here we review the best. All available on platforms to see before, during and after the great Marvel premiere.

Benedict Cumberbatch has already been established the label of “actor” for many people, and his mere presence on the poster of a movie or series already guarantees interest. It’s no wonder Marvel wanted him so badly to play the great wizard of comics, who returns this week in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

To prepare the ambitious marvelous adventure directed by Sam Raimi, or to delight yourself with other works of the actor if you have been left wanting more after seeing it, we have fully entered the career of its star and we have selected his best works. A total of 6 great proposals, 4 films and 2 series, all on platforms of streamingwhich will remind you why he is one of the actors of the moment.

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Sherlock (2010-2017)

If Benedict Cumberbatch is recognized and admired as one of today’s best performers, it has been mainly for his role as sherlock. The unique series by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss caused a sensation beyond the British Isles, with a good dose of mystery, psychological exploration and because it knew how to perfectly bring the particular deductive methods of the character to the screen.

With seasons of three episodes, each lasting practically a feature film (90 minutes on average), the series found an interesting balance between premium entertainment and challenging exercise. His mysteries were intricate, but always attracted attention. And he counted on the fabulous relationship between the Sherlock of Cumberbatch and the Watson of Martin Freeman, which became for many one of the best television relationships.

You can see it in full at Amazon Prime Video and on RTVE a la carte.

‘The mole’ (2011)

It is difficult to stand out in a film with so many great British actors, such as Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Mark Strong or Tom Hardy. But Cumberbatch manages to live up to such a squad in The molea meticulous and formidable adaptation of the English espionage novel by John le Carre.

A veteran British agent prepares for early retirement after failing on a mission in Hungary, but is suddenly tasked with uncovering a Soviet “mole” within the leadership of MI6, the British intelligence service. This complex labyrinth of intrigue and investigation is told in a calculated and elegant way by the Swedish Thomas Alfredson.

You can see it in Amazon Prime VideoFilmin and Movistar.

’12 Years a Slave’ (2013)

cumberbatch has enough charisma and talent to lead all the productions that are put in front of him, but he also has an incredible ability to play a great supporting role that enhances productions. This is the case of 12 years a slave, where he has a minor but formidable role, playing one of the few slave owners who is not unnecessarily cruel with the character of Chiwetel Ejiofor.

That punctual appearance gives greater depth and nuance to an incredible slave story directed by Steve McQueen and scripted by John Ridley, two interesting authors of the last decade. Her work was widely recognized, triumphing in awards such as the Oscars where she managed to win the award in 3 of the 9 categories in which she was nominated, including that of Best film Which he got quite deservedly.

You can see it on Amazon Prime Video, on HBO Max, Filmin and on Movistar.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)

His stint at Marvel playing Doctor Strange has given the British actor another wave of popularity that it would be unfair not to acknowledge. PIt was more than in his own solo film, where a certain discomfort is perceived and where the role suffers when trying to profile himself as the next Iron Manit is in Avengers: Infinity War where he manages to give the sorcerer his own charisma, making him the best on-screen version of the doctor.

Despite all the accumulation of characters and subplots, derived from the macro-event condition where all the Marvel heroes go to battle against the great villain Thanos, his part with Robert Downey Jr. Y Tom Holland it is one of the strongest. The movie of Joe Russo Y Anthony Russo He finds in those small interactions moments to enrich his heroes, making that devastating ending more shocking.

You can see it on Disney+.

‘Patrick Melrose’ (2018)

adapting in miniseries format of 5 episodes the novels of Edward St Aubynin patrick melrose we find Cumberbatch embroidering one of his usual roles as an ambiguous and even unpleasant protagonist, due to arrogance and pettiness. In each episode we see the fight against Melrose’s inner demons throughout time and from different places in the world.

patrick melrose offers us a classic story of fight against alcoholism and other addictions, to which the protagonist throws himself to cope with the traumas of a terrible childhood full of abuse and restrictions, in addition to a father who is also an alcoholic. The series knows how to carry itself on the shoulders of an impressive Cumberbatch to create a complex drama full of tension, but also reflection.

You can see it in full at Movistar.

‘The power of the dog’ (2021)

Although Cumberbatch has generally tended towards a certain type of role, from time to time he is able to surprise by giving a new twist to said register or to his own charisma. It is the case of The power of the dogthe masterful and award-winning work of Jane Campionwhere his interpretation of toxic masculinity was more than saying that he was awarded the prize for Best Actor who chose the Oscars.

Here he plays Phil Burbank, who with his brother (Jesse Plemons) runs a ranch in Montana in a “gentle” way, until said brother finds love with a woman from the town (Kirsten Dunst) who will alter the family dynamics with your child (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Cumberbatch’s work is excellent, capturing all the cruelty of the character and also his corners of fragility when the story requires it.

You can see it on Netflix.

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What to see: Benedict Cumberbatch’s 4 must-see movies and 2 series after ‘Doctor Strange’