Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Snippets: A very surprising Sherlock Holmes!

I know everyone is talking about Downton Abbey on PBS but my son suggested I might enjoy the British series Sherlock instead. Currently Netflix has the first 3 episodes available on instant streaming so Mark and I checked it out. Episodes are also scheduled to air today, as well as January 29th.
WOW! Bloody brilliant. Dead brilliant. Smashing.  Benedict Cumberbatch (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) is Sherlock Holmes in this fresh, funny and contemporary adaptation. Martin Freeman - he was Tim in the original British series The Office, Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and is Bilbo in the upcoming Hobbit films- is Dr. John Watson. He's newly returned from serving in Afghanistan and has a 'psychosomatic' limp. The chemistry between the two characters is sparkling; Holmes is the self-obsessed mad genius; Watson is the solid, sensible sidekick. While constantly irritated by Holmes complete desregard for anyone and everything, Watson is blown away by Holme's mad skills...as are we.
It is just delightful how they've updated the original; while Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Dr. Watson wrote up Holme's adventures in The Gazette, this Watson has a blog. Where Holmes would say "Elementary, my dear Watson" and indulge in a pipe to help him think, this Holmes says "Obviously" and calls Watson, John, and wears 3 nicotine patches at a time. Cell phones, text messages, gps all figure largely and they all work. Watch the first episode A Study in Pink (the original was A Study in Scarlet). It had us grinning ear to ear.
We own several collections of Sherlock Holme's stories; Mark, my resident Conan Doyle expert thought this televised version were the best screen adapatations he'd ever seen. I've seen plenty myself and have to agree. The music is amazing. The production design is as well; you can't miss the outstanding wallpaper! The trailer should give you an idea but really watch an episode and you'll be hooked. Have you seen it? Do you love it too?


Don't forget to enter my Giveway contest to win a free ONE FOR THE MONEY book. Katherine Heigl is Stephanie Plum in the film version coming out on the 27th of this month.

4 comments:

  1. My son & I watched this when he came home to visit for Christmas, on Netflix also. I share your opinion and thought it was brilliant how it was updated to modern times rathern than just another SH remake. I've never seen Benedict Cumberbatch in anything before but fell in love with him. I hate John LeCarre so don't think I'll be watching that movie but would like to watch him in something else.

    I didn't realise the other guy was "Arthur Dent". Was that in the movie or the old British series? Probably the more recent movie, eh? He'd be much too young for the other. I loved that but the old British mini-series was fabulous!

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  2. Hi Nicola! Yeah, 'the other guy' was in the 2005 movie - which actually had an amazing cast.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0371724/ that's the imdb link.
    I never saw the miniseries but I'll watch for it now!
    Cumberbatch is exciting to watch isn't he? I LOVE how he flashes about as Sherlock. Apparently he's in War Horse which I can't bring myself to see; he was also in Atonement and The Other Bolyn Girl. Hate LeCarre? But why?

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  3. I read the Spy who came in from the cold and I don't think a book has ever made me so made at the characters. The communist woman was the stupidest character I've ever met, she totally messed that up for the guy and why on earth he turned back to her at the end I'll never know, which made him just as stupid as her in my eyes!

    Then, since my dad is such a Smiley fan, I decided to try another one hoping it would be better. Well Call for the Dead was soooo boring I could not finish it, in fact I dreaded picking it up! Mind you, it's not the topic because I love cold war spy books, there the only spy stories I read. If the bad guys aren't Russians, East Germans, commies, KGB, etc. it's just no fun for me (LOL)

    Maybe I'll watch War Horse. I like Michael Morpurgo and can read that for the WWI challenge then watch the movie!

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    1. Nicola, you are hilarious! I'm going to have to take peek at both of those books, just to see what made you so darn mad! Interested to see if you like War Horse; if you do, maybe I'll give it a go.

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