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?


18 comments:

Shel said...

Oh I am a confirmed Sherlock nut! Chris and I both love it. I'm not usually one to go ga-ga over male celebrities (or female ones either), but Benedict really sends me.

Marina Sofia said...

We are all crazy about Cumberbatch and Sherlock the series in the UK. Geeks rule! New series should be out - in the UK at least - in autumn, or so I hear.

Aurian said...

My boyfriend watches everything Sherlock Holmes he can find, I read the books a long time ago and enjoyed those as well. I did watch the first movie with him.

Denise Z. said...

In the interests of full disclosure, I love the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies. But then, I like Adam Sandler movies too, so that might make my taste suspect.

That being said, I really enjoy "Elementary." I like having a female Watson, and I enjoy the relationship between them and the detective. I also like how the writers skillfully wrap in the drug abuse/12-step recovery angle.

"Elementary" (like "Longmire" and "Mentalist - when Red John is not involved) is a show I make time to watch.

Jenn Just Reading said...

I have yet to see the Robert Downey Jr. version because I'm such a huge fan of Jeremy Brett. I just can't wrap my mind around RDJ as Holmes... I am so stuck on Brett, it made me leery of any modern version. But one night with nothing on the DVR and nothing on TV I broke down and watched the BBC's Sherlock. Best. Decision. EVER.

I adore the Cumberbatch/Freeman pairing. The third season is too far away, but I'm thrilled that it's in the works.

My love of the BBC show led me to try Elementary, which I enjoy. It's interesting seeing Watson as a woman and Miller/Liu play well off each other while keeping it completely platonic and cerebral.

Between this and your review I may have to explore the RDJ version while I wait for more Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to show up on Netflix.

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Mary @ BookSwarm said...

I adore the Benedict Cumberbatch version of Sherlock but the time between episodes is ridiculously long and there are usually only a couple of episodes per season. Seriously sad. But Elementary is highly enjoyable. I was surprised by how much I liked Lucy Lu in her role as Watson and it's very smartly written.

Amanda Towne said...

Love the RDJ/Jude Law movies. Even the second one. :)

We ADORE the Benedict Cumberbatch series--just cannot wait for season 3.

Haven't watched Elementary. Meh--just couldn't get into it.

Joanie said...

Yes, I am indeed a card carrying Cumberbitch--first hooked when he starred in a Masterpiece adaptation of one of Agatha Christie's book, and received an alert from PBS just this morning that offered an online preview to Masterpiece's upcoming third season for Sherlock. Find it at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch-online/previews/sherlock-season-3-preview/?elq=4eb7ba1a7bce43d2b8ad1720dc660b07&elqCampaignId=661

Be sure and turn up the sound for the theme music.

LORNA BARRETT (aka Lorraine Bartlett) said...

I am definitely Sher-locked! I spend far, far too much time on Pinterest just looking at Benedict Cumberbatch. *Sigh*

Julie Hyzy said...

Quite a Sherlock following here! Maybe we should start a fan club :::grin:::

Mary Ann Schlacks said...

I love almost every Sherlock I have ever seen. Many are really lame and not true to the "Canon" as true faithful call it. I guess I don't care. I do love the PBS series too. I enjoy seeing them the second time, since they move so quickly I think I miss dialog.
Benedict is really a great villain in Star Trek but I agree the movie had holes. (Why couldn't they thaw more of the frozen followers and cure more people?? ) (The Tribble was cute but obviously going to be important if you knew the old TV show.)
Anyway, I feel the same way about Star Trek. It has flaws but still is better (for me) than most other movies being released lately.

Julie Hyzy said...

I have similar quibbles about Star Trek, Mary Ann. I enjoyed the film a lot, but there were a few holes. Worse for me, though - and maybe this has more to do with the fact that these are movies rather than episodic TV, is that the stories ST always presented made you think. They made me ask big questions. I liked that. The new movies are entertaining but they aren't much more than that. I'll see the next one, and the next one after that. And I'm sure I'll like them all, but I do miss ST:TNG every week. DS9 and VOY, too.

Julie Hyzy said...

I want MORE!!!!

Linda in MA said...

I thought I was the only one not watching the Mentalist when they have the Red John episodes.

ladyvyvian said...

I adore Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock. I also enjoy "Elementary" as well. I, too, enjoyed the Jeremy Brett "Sherlock" series. I have always felt it was the closest to the original stories. I enjoyed the first Robert Downey Sherlock but was some what underwhelmed by the second one. I felt it was too much shoot-em-up action and not enough Sherlock investigative action.

Stash Empress said...

OK, this is my first comment on this blog (just found it last week) but I have to add my 2 or 3 cents worth -- LOVE LOVE LOOOOVE the Cumberbatch version of Sherlock. CANNOT wait until the third season comes out (and I have to wait for DVD at that..) --- that said --- while we're waiting, how about you knock out a few new White House chef books? Just to keep the rest of us occupied???? I'm just saying.....
;-)

FranMcP said...

I really didn't expect to like Sherlock. I mean really, set in modern day London? But in just one episode I was hooked. I can't believe how good it truly is. I just watched the trailer at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch-online/previews/sherlock-season-3-preview/?elq=4eb7ba1a7bce43d2b8ad1720dc660b07&elqCampaignId=661

I watched it three times, because I just couldn't get enought. Waiting until 2014 is just too painful.