Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman as John Watson
Rupert Graves as DI Bestride
Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson
If you haven’t seen the fandoms, memes, or gifs, you need to get on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Facebook. NOW. Believe me, it’s worth the effort.
The reimagining of the classic characters and stories by Moffat and Gatiss is remarkable. (Yes, I tend to get a bit formal when writing about anything British. Get over it.) To have the super-narcissistic super-sleuth in 21st-century London, running down cabs in a peacoat and scarf, pissing off everyone he “works with”, is a fantastic update. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.
And then there’s the cast. Hmm. How can I put this so the boys can read it without hearing the girls screeching in the background?
Molly (Louise Brealey) is awesome…not sure how she keeps putting up with Sherlock’s crap, but there it is…
Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) is a breath of fresh air in the stale, creepy flat…
Martin Freeman is just incredible. Compassionate, human. Perfect 180⁰ turnaround from his counterpart…
Okay, okay. Sorry, fellas. Can’t put it off any longer. This is primarily for the ladies, anyway; look at the blog title.
It’s Mr. Cheekbones himself. Benedict Cumberbatch. He is the PERFECT reincarnation of Holmes. Inspired performance. He’s also rather fun to listen to…the voice rivals “The Voice” (reference: Alan Rickman as Metatron in Dogma ), of which, ironically, Cumberbatch does a magnificent impression (forgot to add YouTube to the list; look it up).
Not sure when I’ve last seen a TV series with such solid writing throughout. Moffat and Gatiss (oh, Mycroft…) really GET IT. The small details from the original stories creep in and add to the timeless quality of the episodes. The updates for modern London (no more smoking, magnifying glass, or Deerstalker) are still reminiscent of ACD (nicotine patches, pocket peeper and the hat joke) and used to enormous effect by Cumberbatch.
I know, I know…I’m fangirling right now. Sorry. But I really am taken aback by his portrayal. Yeah, he’s cute. But he’s also very talented. Every single one of his film roles (Star Trek villain [I’ll have that one reviewed and up soon; spring break is around the corner!], dragon, WWI rapist, 70’s reporter with bad hair) is so different from the next; he’s so versatile! He’s not an actor, he’s the character. It’s awesome. I mean, Sherlock’s a TOTAL dick, but man, is he good at it! You love him because he’s awesome, but you also hate him because he’s arrogant and (seemingly) unfeeling.
But that’s why he’s got Dr. Watson. John has all of the admirable qualities that Sherlock lacks. He’s a genuinely good man. You can tell that the on-screen chemistry between Martin and Benedict is rooted in a real-life bromance. They are so great together—a real partnership. That’s why the scripts, sets, locations and stories are so effective.
I get obsessed with shows pretty easily; I managed to find both season 1 and 2 USED (never thought that would happen), so I’ve already watched them through once, and am starting again. It’s a bit rough, because each “episode” is 90 minutes (thank you, BBC, for throwing such an intense curve ball across the pond to screw with the way Americans view television), but it’s worth it. So from here on out, I’ll just do the short synopsis and rating of each of the three per season (what? WHAAAAAAT?! Yeah, again, thanks, BBC. You get us hooked and then disappear for 2 years. Nice.). I’ll also do my best to save you my ravings of the acting.
Weepy Meter: 3/10 Only in a couple of instances, in specific episodes. It is pretty damn funny, though, so maybe you’ll cry from laughing?
Man Meter: 9/10 Mystery. Murder. Comedy. Thriller. Drama. Chase scenes. Arrogant man who is always right (even when you don’t think he possibly can be). What’s not to love? Just don’t squeal too loudly or you’ll be watching by yourself from that point on.
Overall Rating: 10/10 For real. It’s that good. Can’t see anything wrong with it. IMDb ratings are averaging above 8.5. Critics love it. It’s not just for fangirls. Smart, insightful, witty, emotional. Sherlock’s got it all.
Well, not Sherlock the MAN. He’s an ass.