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 –


8 Responses to Sherlock

  1. Pingback: Series – Sherlock | Glutton for books, movies & series

  2. Sajib says:

    I heard Sherlock Holmes II will be back (a sequel to the original Sherlock Holmes) at the end of this year. Now where this Sherlock has come from? 😕

    • fictionworms says:

      Actually, there’s a bunch of Sherlock Holmes adaptations, Guy Ritchie’s (the one you’re mentioning I guess, starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law) is just one of them. So I woudn’t call it the “original” :/ And yes, I’ve also heard there’s a sequel coming soon :]

      This series started last year on the BBC… I just found it by chance, but I’m so happy I did 😀

      • Ben says:

        Oooh Jude Law. In case you don’t know, Jude Law acts as Lemony Snicket in the movie “A Series Of Unfortunate Events”. He has a solid and convincing voice ❤ ❤ ❤

      • Sajib says:

        I think I remember watching a movie called ‘The hound of Baskerville’ by BBC. So it’s a sequel to that?

    • fictionworms says:

      Yes Ben, I knew he was Lemony Snicket in the movie! 😀 I love Jude Law, and not only because of his voice ♥♥♥ haha 😀

      Sajib, the series I reviewed is something independent, I mean, it is not a sequel of anything… “The Hound of the Baskervilles” is one of Conan Doyle’s books, and as well as the rest of Sherlock Holmes books, it has LOTS of adaptations. According to Wikipedia, The Hound of the Baskervilles has at least 24 film adaptations (how crazy is that?). Check it out:

      BTW, thanks to both of you for always taking your time to read our posts and leave a comment 🙂

  3. I love this series! Totally recommend it to a lot. And it works for me because of the chemistry of the actors particularly Cumberbatch and Freeman. Mycroft, Sherlock’s brother, is so funny too!

    This review is great =) I didn’t find something missing at all maybe I am bias hahaha!

    But yeah the second episode isn’t really that great.

    • fictionworms says:

      That’s true, Cumberbatch is not the actor I would have chosen for Sherlock, but you can’t deny theres’ chemistry between Freeman and him. They work really good together 🙂 Oh, and BTW, I hadn’t seen Martin Freeman acting before, but now I have… he’s PERFECT for Bilbo Baggins! 😀 Haha, can’t wait to see The Hobbit.

      I’m glad you liked my review 🙂 And thanks for reading it!
      So, see you around 😉

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