Movie Review: ‘The Power of the Dog’ Story

Review: ‘The Power of the Dog’ Shows us a New Side of Benedict Cumberbatch

From his villainous turn in Atonement to his ornery Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to thorny characters.

He has seemed to specialize over the course of his career in a specific type of jerk: the intellectually pretentious, anti-social sort that characterizes both his Sherlock Holmes and his portrayals of Alan Turing and Thomas Edison.

But The Power of the Dog sees him inhabit a completely new type of role that certainly proves his acting abilities (not that they were in question).

In this Western period drama, Cumberbatch portrays macho cowboy Phil Burbank whose presence intimidates not just everyone around him, but the audiences themselves.