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As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I approach any adaptation with trepidation.
Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly entertained.
Steven Moffat and pals once again show that they have a suitable finger on the pulse of modern, accessible drama. Although (and because) many attempts have been made, the Sherlock Holmes work is a notoriously difficult piece and genre to translate for a modern audience while remaining true to the elements that make it so popular. I think the team made some bold creative choices and pulled off the additional challenge of establishing world, characters, and back story while getting into the action as soon as possible.
Cumberbatch does a masterful turn as the complex Sherlock, playing the fast-paced script with believable eccentricity and mastery. Freeman's character was the ideal counterpart to this, if a little unresponsive at first. The interplay between these two and Lestrade (Graves) was nicely and humorously set-up without falling into a extremely well-trodden three-character path in this genre.
The script was sharp and efficient, moving fast but with pauses to catch your breath, and the story had good twists and turns to keep you guessing. Those who are used to an obesity-inducing diet of gritty crime thrillers may see this series as tame but I think that the team delivered a first episode that achieved a great deal and, most importantly, was hugely entertaining. Can't wait until the next episode...
a couple years ago i was watching the second installment of the Robert
Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies and i found myself wanting more.
after getting some ebooks and reading some original material from Doyal
i wanted to start watching something. I don't quite remember how i
stumbled upon this show exactly. i think i saw the opening theme for
the show on you tube or something.
So i watched the first episode and when i first say Benedict Cumberbatch (having never seen him in anything before) i was about 100% sure i didn't think he was going to be any good for the role.. or that he wouldn't meet up to the same level as Downey.
BOY WAS I WRONG!!!!!!!!!! This entire show is an 11 out of 10 no doubt. The modern twist to bring Sherlock up to date with modern times is with out a doubt some of the best writing i have ever seen. Imaging if Sherlock had access to the internet via a cell phone. well with this show you don't have to. The screen play is FANTASTIC. the integrity is there. the respect to the original works is shown in every scene. The re imagining of old stories is pure brilliance. And what i love most about the show is its use of graphical text on screen to show you things that are say.. being put into a cell phone text.. or things that Sherlock is thinking almost putting you in his shoes as you watch.. making you feel as if you could have somehow came to the same conclusions as him.
if you have not seen any of these and you are a fan of Sherlock.. be it the original books, the original series, the new movie reboots or even the rescue rangers version (lol) then you will not be disappointed with this... Last i checked it was on netflix.. go watch "A Study in Pink" (obviously a revamp of "A Study in Scarlet") and sit through that. you will not be disappointed i promise you.
If i had to give this show any cons it would be that they sometimes talk a little fast which i can still catch what they are saying but occasionally a word or two gets mushed together and i miss exactly what they were referring to but you usually gather from context.. and trust me you will watch this show enough times that you will eventually get everything... I've watched each episode at least 9 times each if not more.
Let me see where i can begin it from??? Oh, i got it... Sherlock Holmes! Well, what can i say about this... My brother asked me to watch me this show but i ignored him and when he literally started to insist me i said, "OK BRO, let me give it a shot". I never knew that my addiction would start from that minute.. Put on the show and in 5 minutes i was blown away.. Let me get straight you on this (Don't mind if i use the excellent word again and again). Excellent show, excellent cast and every single thing is excellent.. It keeps you on hook till the credits start to roll over.. One of the best shows i've ever seen in my life. Cummerbatch has been amazingly extra-ordinary in his Sherlock role as well as Freeman. The chemistry, humor, suspense, mystery everything keeps you so involved that you forget what time it is and you want to watch more... It truly gives a cherish feeling of WOW, NOW THAT's MORE I LIKE IT!!!! If you haven't watch it then its a recommendation.. DON'T WAIT, JUST WATCH IT!!! I am giving it 10 because this show has become my new admiration that gives me long thoughts before sleep!!!
Does anything more than that need to be said? Sherlock is an absolutely brilliant show. Benedict Cumberbatch is absolutely stunning, abhoring us with his lack of care of others, while intriguing and appealing to us when he shows his vulnerable side. Martin Freeman is the perfect everyman who's found himself enjoying being caught up in these strange events. The chemistry between these two (not necessarily romantic, but it's possible) is amazing, and you can tell the actors are giving it their all. And the writing is the best writing ever conceived for a crime drama. While most tend to be formulaic and rely on gimmicks, Sherlock eschews all of that in favor of using the mysteries as a means of studying the characters, and the people behind these crimes. And while it may take place in the present day, it's clear that Doyle's original works have never been forgotten in the translation, something Elementary hasn't quite figured out. Whether its a direct influence on the plot, or just a simple mythology gag, Doyle's presence is always easy to feel. While it does have a few slip-ups here and there, it's just so good the rest of the time, you really can't tell. Or at least, you're not dwelling on it. This is an absolutely fantastic show, and I encourage anyone who likes anything to do with detective stories to give this a try.
I thought it would be another show , about someone solving crimes and
stuff, but to my amazement i was Awed! literally speechless the way
they portrayed him in modern day scenario I did not expect that, apart
from the that each new episode will rattle your mind and make you
think. Gripping Plots and excellent villain to watch :)Each character
is delight so is the direction , even the minute details are taken care
It is complete package and It is yet another work of British telly that is just too good , You would be awestruck :) It would be a loss if missed it :)
This is an extremely unique version of Sherlock Holmes and it is
absolutely brilliant. The way they have taken this classic character
and adapted him to the 21st century works so well and makes him much
This series would be nothing without the two actors who brought their characters to life, them being Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Their on screen chemistry is fantastic and they portray Sherlock and Watson in a new and entertaining way.
Each episode in these series are around and hour and a half long which is great as it gives time for a really good story to develop and unfold in each one. Throughout the series there is some thrilling action, some dramatic suspension and also some subtle British humour here and there. It is also really interesting to see Sherlock and Watson meet at the very beginning and watch how their friendship develops.
I am extremely looking forward to the next series, I can't wait to see how it will start out after the dramatic end to series 2.
I do not give 10/10 to TV shows. They must take it from me by force,
They must grip me with the strength of a gorilla and make me beg for
more when they end. They must make me feel elated, they must make me
laugh, cry, get mad and feel awed by the writers' work.
They do not need to be perfect for perfection does not exist, but merely make me feel an uncontrollable urge to sacrifice my own precious time to tell complete strangers about them.
Sherlock Holmes does all this in spades. The characters are likable and memorable, the villains are delightful, This is the first 90 minutes TV show I've ever seen and the format works great somehow.
As of my writing, there are 6 episodes total and at least 2 of them are absolute masterpieces. Both of them in the second season. The remaining 4 episodes are "merely" excellent.
All in all, this is the best Sherlock Holmes adaptation ever. Better than the originals. Yes, I said it. An absolute must watch, worthy to be placed next to series like "The Wire" or "Game of Thrones".
Watch it and weep with joy!
Half way through the first episode, I had laughed and smiled a dozen times and had to admit to myself, "I already like this". All of the main characters are so interesting and fun to watch. Hats off to Martin Freeman whose facial expressions are clear enough to be seen while subtle enough that no one would notice unless they were staring (which is exactly what you do). Benedict Cumberbatch is an odd bird with piercing eyes and a peculiar manner that makes one think of an advanced race of brilliant aliens, and this one is pretending to be human, and in a strange sense, isn't that exactly what Holmes must do. The overall story in the first was pretty good, not great, but the acting, character development and dialog were so good, it made this one just plain fun to watch!
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They introduce Moriarty. Both Sherlock and Watson are charming, and
interesting, with excellent play against each other.
It's been a wonderful modern interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, and not nearly as ridiculous as the American created Elementary. Quite honestly, it's amazing how good British television is.
But then they bring in Moriarty. Being that this is Sherlocks biggest foe, the way they brought him into the story was both fitting and dramatic.
The problem is the guy they got to play him. They COULD have gotten someone with a deep voice who just exudes charm and sophistication. Instead, they chose someone whose voice cracks when he talks like he's a teenage boy, who has no charm at all, and exudes something incredibly annoying that just rubs me the wrong way (no idea what exactly it is). I don't mind the fact that the characters has vague gay overtones (more power to him) but I do mind that his voice and attitude are like nails on a chalkboard. He has nothing going for him other than being good looking.
Why didn't they choose someone better for the part? It kind of blew the whole thing once they'd introduced him. Now I'm not sure I can watch anymore episodes because he is sooooo annoying.
For those of you who thought that a modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes wouldn't work, think again. The BBC have truly struck gold with Sherlock and with the greatest actor to ever take on the iconic role, Benedict Cumberbatch. Sherlock is a very intelligently written show that keeps the viewer in total awe of upcoming events, to stunning effect, whilst managing to emotionally engage the viewer also. Many of the classic Holmes stories have fitted seamlessly into the modern urban environment and Steven Moffat must be credited for this truly stunning piece of work. Martin Freeman is fantastic as the noble sidekick John Watson and he and Urna Stubbs's Mrs Hudson provide many moments of comic relief, which are much welcomed when the plot becomes overbearing. Andrew Scott deserves praise for his unique portrayal of the insane and very camp Jim Moriarty. However it's Cumberbatch who really raises the standards of the show with his stunningly accurate portrayal of the emotionless, enigmatic and utterly intelligent super sleuth that is Sherlock Holmes. Ultimately Moffat has created the greatest crime drama on TV, with its witty humour ,plot based narrative, unpredictable events and utterly brilliant main protagonist. Who said that the British couldn't make good TV?
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