Sherlock – a review


Dear faithful readers,

I am still trying to catch up on all of the shows I’ve missed while I was away.

And my Sherlock review is long overdue. If you haven’t seen it already dear readers you simply must. Seriously it is a brilliant piece of telly.

I can understand that for true Holmesians it might seem like utter nonsense to make Holmes a modern man. In fact I remember when I was reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books all those years ago one of the things I loved the most was the setting of Victorian London. For what it is worth (and I’m sure any Anglophiles will appreciate this) there is plenty of London porn (the kind of London porn that makes you want to book that ticket to UK pronto).

But as Mark Gatiss, one of the creators of Sherlock (also appearing in the series as Mycroft Holmes and more importantly the writer for the third episode the Great Game which I absolutely loved) said himself on BBC TV blog:

This may sound like heresy but really it isn’t. Although Steven and I are second to none in loving the flaring gas-lit atmosphere of a lovely old London, it felt as though Sherlock Holmes had become all about the trappings and not the characters.

Also, the original stories are models of their kind. Incredibly modern, dialogue-driven, fast paced and short! What better way to get back to the roots of these fantastic creations than to make Holmes and Watson living, breathing, modern men just as they had been originally?

Dear readers make no mistake it is fast paced, so freaking fast paced and what I loved even more about this modern version of Holmes is that although each episode is hour and a half long they do not let you off the hook for a second – you constantly need to pay attention to the details or you might miss something. Very similar to what I have come to expect from Christopher Nolan and Cuse and Lindelof. And that my dear readers is always (ALWAYS!) a good thing.
The dialogues are a joy to witness and I did love the dynamic between Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

I have seen Martin Freeman in different stuff before but Cumberbatch was a mystery. He did deliver. He managed to make Holmes part annoying, part stand off-ish, even Asperger-ish in a way but still dry and witty as hell. And he got that Holmes’ fluidity down to a pat without turning himself into a copy of other actors that portrayed Holmes before him. (OT but I still love Jeremy Brett to bits as his version of Holmes is the one I grew up with).

I loved the score by Michael Price and David Arnold and costume design by Ray Holman and Sarah Arthur (which funnily enough sparked a new fashion trend).

To make it a more interactive experience BBC launched four websites connected with the show – The Science of Deduction, John Watson blog, Connie Price message boards and Molly Hopper website – a good attempt by old auntie Beeb to make the whole experience a bit more interactive and add another layer to the story.

Since we do get a lot of American readers you might be wondering where and when you can catch Sherlock. The series will air on PBS on October 24th under their Masterpiece banner.

Anyhow check the trailer below and in case you have seen Sherlock do let me know what you thought in the comments.

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