Reviews: Benedict Cumberbatch Edition

Featuring: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Sherlock Season 2; Third Star

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:
I’m studying the unit “After The Bomb” in Extension English, and one of our chosen texts is “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold”. Seeing as “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” is practically the same thing (okay, it’s by the same author and set in the same universe) I convinced my mum to let me take a study break and go see it. My true motivation, however, was the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing one of the main characters. 
I’m studying Cold War Espionage in two different subjects, so the movie was extremely interesting and brilliant for me, but I could understand how others (especially those of my age) may not like it. The story is relatively simple: people working for a British spy agency trying to work out who the double agent is. It’s a pretty awesome cast, and really makes you think. 
Rating: 3.5/5

Sherlock Season 2:
The wait for the second season of Sherlock has been pure hell (but seeing as it’s written by Steven freaking Moffat that shouldn’t be surprising), but finally, we got our hands on the much awaited for three episodes. And after seeing all three, we kind of wish we hadn’t. Don’t get me wrong, all three were pure brilliance, perfection, amazingness, etc, etc, etc, but the final episode The Reichenbach Fall shattered fangirl hearts around the world. The pain was so real, so raw, so horrible, that we can’t believe we have to wait another eternity before we get to see the next season and hopefully have something resolved. 
There was a lot of character development in this season, and a lot more of sexy villain Moriarty (played by delicious Andrew Scott). This season involved “A Scandal In Belgravia”, “The Hounds Of Baskerville”, and of course, “The Reichenbach Fall”.  This season we get more laughs, more character development, more angst, more sexual-tension, and just general epicness all around. I’m pretty sure I like it more than season one, and that’s saying something. 
Season Two started airing on Australian tv last week, but you can catch Hounds and Reichenbach over the next two weeks. And please do, because it is absolute perfection. 
Rating 4.5/5 (I had to take 0.5 off for the devastation) 

Third Star: 
I watched Third Star mere hours after finishing The Fault In Our Stars which, in retrospect, was a very silly decision as they are both based around the same heartbreaking ideas. Third Star is one of the most tragically beautiful movies I have ever seen and I cannot recommend it enough to everyone. Benedict Cumberbatch plays James, a thirty year old dying of cancer, who is taken on one final trip with his three best friends. The journey that follows is not just the literal, physical journey they take to reach their final camping spot, but also a personal and emotional journey as they confront the true realities of living and dying. It’s very arty but it has such raw emotion that even the most mainstream of film lovers would have to adore it. It didn’t have a very wide release, but the dvd is available on Amazon UK for a rather cheap price, and it works in my dvd player here. 
Rating: 5/5

frangipani princess xoxo

5 thoughts on “Reviews: Benedict Cumberbatch Edition

  1. omg, you're doing After THe bomb in ext 1 too! Do you like it? I personally find it a bit of a bore and all the paradigms are sorta making me want to shoot myself with a pistol :/ Do you know what related texts you're doing?

  2. Yes! Doing After The Bomb! So far I'm liking it, but I'm a fan of the time period, and of Plath (which is all we've studied thus far, beginning Godot tomorrow). I have no idea what related texts I'm doing, but there seems to be many out there, so I'll just have to look around and take my pic, I spose!xo

  3. I quite liked Godot, Hiroshima and Plaith but Spy Who Came in From the Cold killed me a bit… But wishing you all for the best this year! You're trying to get into Sydney Uni right?

  4. Yeah, I'm not looking forward to studying The Spy, kind of wish we were doing Catch 22 though, cos personally I enjoyed it a lot more. I'm yet to read Hiroshima, but it's in my to-read pile!Yes, I'm aiming to get into an Arts Degree at USYD :DGood luck to you too!xo

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