Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Detective Fiction (Sherlock Holmes)
Director: Mark Gatiss (Creator), Steven Moffat (Creator), Paul McGuigan, Euros Lyn, Toby Haynes
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes), Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson), Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson), Loo Brealey (Molly Hooper), Rupert Graves (DI Lestrade), Mark Gatiss (Mycroft), Zoe Telfrod (Sarah)
A couple of weeks ago I happened to come across a British series remaking the most famous detective of all times: Sherlock Holmes. Only that this time he would be solving mysteries in a 21st century London, with mobile phones, Internet, GPS and all. I must say that I was quite doubtful at the beginning, but this version of Conan Doyle’s masterpiece turned out to be pretty good. The bad thing? There is only one season so far, and consisting of just three episodes. The good thing? Each of them lasts 90 minutes!
Sherlock Holmes remains as brilliant as always, only that considerably younger. Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who embodies him, is in fact only 34 years old, his skin smooth and beardless and his hair maybe too long. But having got used to his appearance, one can see that Cumberbatch doesn’t actually do a bad job. Although one can’t either avoid comparisons and say things like “Hugh Laurie would be way much better for the role”. With the detective’s companion, on the contrary, I didn’t have any problems. At least for me, Martin Freeman is the perfect Watson. He just fits, and I don’t exactly know why.
As regards the plots of the episodes, I particularly liked the pilot’s, wasn’t so sure about the second’s and found the third’s a bit too convoluted. But in general, they’re all quite decent. The three episodes kept me interested in what was happening (despite the fact that they last an hour and a half) and I really didn’t want them to finish.
Then there are all the smaller details I enjoy the most, like some great quotes coming out of Sherlock’s mouth, the beautiful photography and music, and the smart techniques used in the series. For instance, I love the inventive transitions between one scene to the other, as well as the appearance of white letters on the screen telling you what is being typed in cellphones and computers or the course of Sherlock’s thoughts (I saw something similar in the movie Stranger Than Fiction). There are also many references to Conan Doyle’s books, which his fans will love to discover.
Still, there’s something the series lacks to be regard as excellent. Could be the main actor, could be something else, but Sherlock had all the potential to be top-notch and it is not. Don’t get me wrong, the series is good indeed and I love it. I just think it could have been even better and I’m sorry for that. Do I recommend it? Totally. You won’t be wasting your time.
Watch the trailer ↓ (it’s fanmade… I liked it more than the original)
– Written by GuadiRC –