Sherlock: Holmes Portrayed at His Finest

Hello Everybody! Today on the movie club/tv show we have BBC’s adaptation of Sherlock.

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STARRING: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

CREATED BY: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat

NO. OF EPISODES: 9

GENRE: Crime, Drama

YEAR: 2010-Present

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

A modern adaptation of the famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Sherlock Holmes lives in 21st century London, a city filled with mystery, crime and deceit. The back streets are alive with robbers, blackmailers, smugglers and serial killers. When the police are desperate they call upon Mr Sherlock Holmes and his unconventional methods of deduction to shed light on the matter. Ably assisted by Doctor John Watson, a recently returned Afghanistan vet, Sherlock attempts to solve some of the countries most intriguing puzzles. But is solving crimes enough to keep the boredom at bay?

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I have never really been into Sherlock Holmes, but I really want to give the BBC series a serious try. This also came from much praise from other friends and colleagues. This series actually got me interested in Sherlock! From the drugs, the booze,the comedy, the action, the suspense, and the witt,I actually thoroughly enjoyed this show. Cumperbatch and Freeman’s performances are superb, and even the supporting cast is phenomenal. The mini-series format works perfectly for the show, as it tackles many of his popular cases.

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This new Sherlock is a little more loveable than the original, then—and that’s not just because of Cumberbatch’s understated charisma. He doesn’t do drugs, for instance, and has even been working hard to give up his trademark pipe. Some days are better than others, of course, but it’s still a really good thing, given that he has a hard enough time staying alive as it is.

Other concessions to 21st-century sensibilities are less welcome. Sherlock swears here—as do other characters around him. And while Doyle’s Holmes was prone to get into tricky scrapes on occasion, rarely were they so brutal or visceral as we see here.

PROS:

  • Great mix of comedy and action.
  • Cumberbatch and Freeman performances.
  • Supporting cast performances.
  • Mini-series format.

CONS:

  • Gave up many unique sensibilities that made Sherlock.
  • 21st-century sensibilities.

SCORE: 9.5 / 10

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