And it’s here! One week after the press conference, we get to see Benedict with his TIFF Tribute Actor award! Check out his acceptance speech and photos with the award below:
Now that The Electrical Life of Louis Wain has premiered at both the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival (where it’s getting an extra in-person screening on Wednesday!), we think we have enough reviews to make a post dedicated exclusively to them.
We’re including only the non-spoiler-y bits from each, but we’re linking them all below. Just click on the outlets’ name for the full versions, if you’re interested, but please keep in mind some have serious spoilers.
Also, we need to point out this isn’t an exhaustive list of reviews, some aren’t included because they’ don’t talk much about either Benedict’s performance or the fillmaking or do so by giving too much away.
That being said, here they are!
From Peter Debruge’s review for Variety:
Benedict Cumberbatch Is the Cat’s Whiskers
This peculiar British comedy features an adorably awkward Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role […]
The movie needn’t make the case for Wain’s greatness to justify its own telling: His story is compelling, especially in its early chapters, and Sharpe’s distinctive style shows the director no shortage of tricks up his sleeve (with more to come in a career worth watching).
From Anna Smith’s review for Deadline:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy and a cast of cats make an irresistible combination in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. Director Will Sharpe (Flowers) makes witty, poignant work of the story of English painter Wain, who specialized in exaggerated cartoons of wide-eyed felines from the late 1800s.
Day 2! Yesterday, 11 September, Benedict attended the press conference for the TIFF Tribute Awards and the premiere for The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. Here’s everything we got on them, so far. We’ll updated this post whenever something new comes out!
Please beware of possible spoilers in the interviews!! And, for Day 1, please see this post.
Tribute AwardsContinue reading
Benedict is back at the Toronto International Film Festival, with two films no less! And to receive an award! So because we’re getting a lot of content at the same time, we decided to organize things by day and event, instead of dedicating one masterpost to the whole festival. We hope this works better for you!
Benedict arrived at TIFF on Friday, 10 September for the premiere and press junket for The Power of the Dog. Here you’ll find photos and videos of the event and the interviews he gave. We’ll updated this post whenever new interviews come out.Continue reading
We got a brand-new, lengthy, meaty interview and a new photoshoot as Benedict is the cover for today’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter!!! Check it out below:
And, if you’d rather read the interview here:Continue reading
What a weekend, friends!
Benedict left Venice and went straight to Telluride to promote both The Power of the Dog (which had its North American premiere) and The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (which had its world premiere)!!
Here, we’ll try to organize everything that came out about his time at the festival but the first reviews for Louis Wain because we didn’t get many and we’d like to make a post entirely dedicated to them (like we did for The Power of the Dog), so we’re gonna do it after the movies premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend.
Here we go:Continue reading
IndieWire just published an interview with Benedict and his The Power of the Dog costar Kodi Smit-McPhee about the movie and we think it’s a very interesting and important one however it’s about what is arguably the story’s most important development, its biggest revelation. So please, please beware there are definitely spoilers ahead!!!Continue reading
The Power of the Dog had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival yesterday!
And we got a whole lot of content, didn’t we? So we decided to make this post to organize everything as best we could for you. Here you’ll find videos (from the press conference, the red carpet and interviews) and photos (in UHQ and shared by fans). For critical reviews, please check out this post we published yesterday fully dedicated to non-spoiler-y bits we selected from them.
What a day, friends! While The Power of the Dog was making its world premiere at Venice, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain was paving its own way into festival season too!
Let’s start with the lovely first look clip:
On our gallery, you can find screencaptures we took from the clip, gorgeous new stills, one new behind the scene pic and the brand-new interview with Benedict about the film that can be found in the newest edition of Empire magazine:
Now, we just wait for the premiere and the first reactions!
The Power of the Dog made its world premiere earlier today at the 78th Venice International Film Festival and…they’re very positive, friends. We selected a few – non spoiler-y, of course! – bits from all the reviews we could have access to, so that we can all safely appreciate the film’s reception and rejoice!
Please click on the publication’s name to open the full review, if you’d like but beware of spoilers! Here we go:
From David Ehrlich’s review for IndieWire:
A career-best Benedict Cumberbatch is equal parts Jack Twist and Daniel Plainview in a masterfully tense Western drama.
Cumberbatch is astounding in the role, as the actor knots his default sarcasm into a lasso of constricted menace. The unforgettable performance that results — a definitive career-best — is at once both terrifying and terrified […] Cumberbatch plays each side of that equation at full tilt.
“The Power of the Dog” sticks its teeth into you so fast and furtively that you may not feel the sting on your skin until after the credits roll, but the delayed bite of the film’s ending doesn’t stop it from leaving behind a well-earned scar.A (IndieWire Critic’s Pick), gave it a 100 on Metacritic
From Carlos Aguilar’s review for The Wrap
Benedict Cumberbatch gives perhaps his best performance to date, as part of a powerhouse ensemble that includes Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons
Cumberbatch wrangles an earth-shattering performance, perhaps his best ever, with an excessive bravado that seems to consume Phil from within.
The actor manifests a malleable persona, superficially rigid but softer in the face of kindness, more notably when he tastes the hope that someone might comprehend his tortuous preoccupation. […] Cumberbatch knows precisely how to bring his persona from apparent calmness (a rehearsed image of control) to the verge of a breakdown with believable potency.
“The Power of the Dog” thrives on having actors so submerged in the fiction that they are creating a reality. Their subcutaneous labor translates what’s unsaid into fleeting but telling gestures.Gave it a 85 on Metacritic