Thursday, August 8, 2013

More Sherlock, please

by Julie

My husband and I watched the second Robert Downey, Jr./Jude Law Sherlock Holmes movie about three weeks ago. Now I love Robert Downey, Jr. and have since Heart and Souls (fabulous little film, if you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and rent it soon!). I really like Jude Law, too.

The movie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, however, put me to sleep.

Too many fight scenes, explosions, chases, blah, blah, blah. One of these days I'll write a bit more on that topic in general, but for now suffice it to say that when I tune into Sherlock - whether it be in a book, a TV show, or a movie - I'm interested most in how he outwits the villain, not how he out-punches him.

Two days after we watched that film, I decided to give Sherlock, the BBC TV show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman a try. I'd heard good things about it, I liked Cumberbatch in Star Trek, Into Darkness (though I had a few issues with that movie as well), and I longed for a more character-centric endeavor.

Wow. We found all that, and more. We are absolutely loving the show and over the past couple of weeks, have watched all the available episodes on Netflix. There are only two seasons so far, and only three episodes each. They run about 90 minutes per show, but still, it isn't enough.

This version is set in London in the present. John Watson, who has a fascinating backstory I want to know more about, chronicles Sherlock's cases on a blog. They make great use of laptops, cell phones, and all the devices we're used to in the 21st century. But the best part of the show is the interplay between the two main characters. Wonderful. And Sherlock's brother Mycroft plays a much larger role than I'm used to seeing.

New episodes are coming out in the fall. I cannot wait. In fact, I think I'm going through Sherlock withdrawal at the moment. I'll have to rewatch them between now and then.

All except "The Hounds of Baskerville." Have to admit - I thought that one was a little lame.

Have you seen this show yet? What about the other new Sherlock-based show, Elementary? I haven't watched that one at all. Is it any good?