Sherlock: A 4th Series is Upon Us

SHERLOCK (S4)

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CREATED BY: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat

STARRING: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Mark Gatiss, Louise Brealey, Andrew Scott, Amanda Abbington

GENRE: Crime Drama

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, United States

sherlock-season-4-sherlock-with-dogJumping forward in time to when John and Mary have a baby daughter named Rosamund, and Sherlock got off with that whole shooting Magnussen thing. But nothing on Moriarty’s ‘return’ yet. After investigating a case of a death of a student, Sherlock becomes intrigued with the smashing of a Margaret Thatcher bust at the victim’s home. Similar busts are smashed elsewhere, before Sherlock fights the culprit and discovers the last one contained a memory stick containing info about Mary and her past as a government agent. This is just episode one. Don’t want to spoil too much for all of you out there.

So…Who else has been waiting eagerly for Sherlock to come back? I’m a little disappointed that it was here and gone so quickly, but hey, three episodes go by rather quickly. But just like in the rest of the series, the cast performed wonderfully. Normally I praise Benedict Cumberbatch for his show-stealing performance, but this year I think I should give it to Amanda Abbington, who played Mary. Even though her character as a whole at least was done after the first episode, her performance left an everlasting mark on our characters. I also incredibly enjoyed the increased banter this season, as it added plenty more comedic elements (like the show needed any though).

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Today…they are soldiers

Okay the real meaty core of my problem with this season is with the season/series finale “The Final Problem”. While I am not saying that I didn’t like the episode, I just feel that it was a little TOO convoluted and melodramatic, even for Sherlock. For example, they use an entire sequence as a convoluted metaphor that inevitably ends in a mess of a plot. It was incredibly confusing about that status of some characters that I lost interest for just a mere moment. Sherlock, don’t do that to me…ever…again.

PROS:

  • Entire cast performance.
  • Massive suspense.
  • More witty banter.
  • More struggle/drama.

CONS:

  • “The Final Problem” convolution.
  • “The Metaphor”

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

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The Imitation Game: Cumberbatch Not As Sherlock Holmes

Hello everybody! For today’s new movie show we watch dramatic exploits in The Imitation Game.

THE IMITATION GAME

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DIRECTED: Morten Tyldum

STARRING: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Rory Kinnear

GENRE: Historical Thriller

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, United States, Australia

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

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The film is a watered down version of Turing’s short life, but nevertheless the screenplay – taut, engaging and dramatic – has a plethora of poignant moments along with life lessons that propel the tale forward. It offers ample insight into the character of the mysterious Alan Turing.

With excellent production values, the story arc is as familiar as they come for the biopic genre. The first half of the film sets in the intrigue quotient, while the second half lingers on for a bit longer with some technicalities involved since Alan is developing an “Electrical brain, a digital computer.” It’s the final act with its sad and unjust revelation that feels a bit rushed. The dialogues loaded with sarcasm and self-deprecation reflect the stiff upper lip British humour to the core and keep you hooked.

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The film does, though, reduce Turing in his last days to a Gollum-like creature who regards the bombe-like contraption in his flat as a precious reminder of his childhood crush at Sherborne. In this way, this real-life genius, a eunuch even before his castration, remains an enigma, seen only through a lens of psychoanalytically trite pulp romanticism.

PROS:

  • Entire Cast performances.
  • Excellent biopic.
  • Plot.
  • Tension.

CONS:

  • Stretches the truth.
  • Storytelling.
  • Alan Turing’s demise.

SCORE: 8.2 / 10

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Sherlock: Holmes Portrayed at His Finest

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

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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