Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect as the aloof, arrogant neurosurgeon who damages the nerves in his hands after a car crash and - in search of a cure - ends up honing his sorcery skills in Kathmandu
Benedict Cumberbatch is perfectly cast as the aloof, arrogant neurosurgeon who damages the nerves in his hands after a car crash and - in search of a cure - ends up honing his sorcery skills in Kathmandu with Tilda Swinton's bald, androgynous Ancient One and her lieutenants Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong.
Rachel McAdam as the ex-lover-cum-surgeon he treats churlishly and Mads Mikkelsen's world-threatening baddie add sterling support, while the visuals - conjuring up the origami dreamscapes of Inception - truly dazzle. But it's Cumberbatch's star turn that makes this latest Marvel super-hero origin story work.
Sardonic and funny, he fits into the movie's comic-book world surprisingly well, pulling off his character's trademark Cloak of Levitation with panache, not to mention all the occult mumbo-jumbo. We should have known. When it comes to acting magic, Cumberbatch really is a sorcerer.
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