Stories about Benedict Cumberbatch

Brexit is a shambolic mess: Will its movie adaptation be the same?

Ever since the referendum took place in 2016, the shambolic aftermath of Brexit has been laid bare for the whole world to see. Following an agreed deal with European Union (EU) negotiators, Theresa May has faced a perilous journey trying to persuade her fellow party members that the deal, as it currently stands, is the best one for the UK. May has faced criticism from the opposition, a vote of no-confidence from her party members (which she survived), and countless to-ing and fro-ing from EU negotiators who are remiss about changing their stance on the Northern Ireland border or on ...

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Darker and drearier, ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ lacks its bare necessities

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, the latest live-action cinematic take on Rudyard Kipling’s story of a boy raised by wolves is a peculiar beast. It’s the old familiar tale but with a dark, gory spin. Mowgli (Rohan Chand), an orphaned infant, grows up in an Indian jungle after being rescued by the panther Bagheera (Christian Bale) and adopted by a family of wolves. The pack offers him protection from Sher Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), a fierce tiger who killed the child’s parents and now wants to devour the man cub as well. The young boy is mentored by the bear Baloo (Andy ...

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The Grinch: A memorable story’s unmemorable (and uninspired) adaptation

Illumination Entertainment clearly has a thing for anti-heroes. The animation studio has practically established itself on the popularity of Gru and the minions, making billions by telling tales of the lovable super villain and his endearing helpers. And now, their love affair with sympathetic villains continues in The Grinch, yet another adaptation of Dr Seuss’s well-known Christmas classic. Based on the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by the ever-popular children’s author, the movie retells a story that has already made its way to the screen twice before – in the form of a (beloved) 1966 animated television holiday special and a ...

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The Alienist might not be the greatest show ever, but it is definitely worth a watch!

My love for a crime thriller with a period setting should not be a surprise to anyone anymore. So when the adaptation of Caleb Carr’s 1994 bestseller The Alienist was announced, I was already sold. The deliciously macabre period caper is set in the 1890s and can be considered as the grim American version of the classic Sherlock Holmes, with Dr Laszlo Kreizler playing the titular character. For the uninitiated, the title refers to the 19thcentury belief that people suffering from mental illnesses were alienated from their true natures and the experts studying them were known as such. Or in ...

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‘The Grinch’ is proof that Hollywood has officially run out of original ideas

Hollywood’s fondness for revisiting familiar ground to make quick money keeps leading to rehashing of old, well-known tales, which explains why we’re about to get another adaptation of Dr Seuss’ book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. The classic story of the holiday-hating curmudgeon was turned into an animated television special, with Boris Karloff voicing the titular character in 1966, and then adapted into a live-action movie starring Jim Carrey in 2000. Now, Illumination Entertainment has created a big screen animated adventure inspired by the Christmas tale. Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, The Grinch finds Benedict Cumberbatch voicing its anti-hero protagonist; the infamous ...

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ just might be the ultimate superhero crossover

“There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more. So when they needed us, we could fight the battles that they never could.” In many ways, the opening line in the new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War pretty much sums up everything the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been building towards up till now. After 10 years, everything comes full-circle, so to speak. Photo: Giphy The ever-growing threat of the franchise’s big bad Thanos (Josh Brolin) has finally come to the fore and stopping him would ...

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8 reasons why ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is the best Thor movie by far, edging towards surpassing ‘The Avengers’ even

Years ago, when we heard there was going to be another Thor movie, our reaction was eerily similar to this: Photo: Giphy The film’s trailer however, proved all the doubters, including us, wrong. Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok looked unlike any other Marvel movie we had seen before – and we’ve quite literally seen them all. The trailer had us hyped for the movie, and – take our word for it – the final product does not disappoint. The response to the sequel has been fantastic so far, and here’s why we feel this is one of the strongest ...

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Is ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ the weirdest Marvel offering to date?

It’s hammer time, or not! Considering we just had Hela aka the Goddess of Death stopping Thor’s trusty weapon Mjolnir mid-flight and then shattering it to pieces. Okay, now this might sound a little confusing to a whole lot of you out there but by surprise-dropping the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok , Marvel Studios has caught a vast majority including myself off-guard. So forgive me if I am getting a little ahead of myself in terms of excitement, but boy, this first trailer of Norse God of Thunder’s third solo adventure  has me all psyched up. Following 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, Thor: ...

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Sherlock – Season 4: “The game is afoot”

After the success of the first three seasons, Sherlock came back with a fourth season. For those of us who have been living under a rock these past few seasons, the highly anticipated and popular British Broadcasting Company Television (BBC TV) drama series is based on the character from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s series of crime-fiction novels. It accounts the peculiar yet ingenious investigation techniques of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. In the previous three seasons, his erratic yet ‘high functioning sociopath’ behaviour has earned him quite the reputation, one that is both positive and notorious, and this fourth season is no different. This time around, both Sherlock Holmes (Benedict ...

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Sherlock S04E01: Back… with a whimper!

If you thought with 2016 over, the infamous celebrity death streak would show some signs of abating, then think again. Twenty-seventeen was not even a day old and the celeb version of the Grim Reaper was back with a bang. Princess Leia’s untimely demise was sad but Sherlock becoming the first shock casualty of this new year was totally gut-wrenching. A whole goddamn year I waited for him. He even arrived; munching on ginger nuts and nonchalantly tweeting about his liberating recall from a certain inevitable fatal assignment, while his murderous excursions were being brushed under the rug by the MI6. I was getting in the ...

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