This is what I love about movies. Even looking at the same scene, we all see something different.
I wasn't even thinking about the sheer physical threat. I was transfixed by his facial expressions, the set of his jaw, a crease near the eye. And I Loved his line delivery. Hubby even leaned over to me and whispered that he felt sorry for Pine and Quinto, as he felt they were completely out-acted.
Of course, that is how we saw it. Others see it differently. One of my co-workers was underwhelmed, while another one felt that Cumberbatch completely stole the show.
Clearly we all see things differently!