The only Sherlock Holmes I had ever liked was the original books or the Jeremy Brett versions so when a friend told me about this version I was a little sceptical. But when I saw how skilfully Steven Moffat had managed to adapt the original storyline and transform it into a modern version I admit I was hooked. Benedict Cumberbatches' acting in the show is also brilliant. The only issue I have ever had with the show is the inhumane wait between season!!
I love this show. It`s so amazing seeing the world through the eyes of Sherlock Holmes. At thee same time the clever marks and the incredible likeness to the books. For anyone who doesn`t know this is a modern take on the classic character Sherlock Holmes introducing him to Watson and showing you also modern takes on other characters in his universe. When he does crack jokes they are funny and you feel as if he is growing as a character. Also the villians are half the fun. These villians some of them just as intellgent as Sherlock and all have motivations that make sense. My only flaw is that it`s a little long but that could never stop it from being perfect.
A Brilliant well written show with highly believable characters. This is the Sherlock Holmes that I read about when I was a kid. Awesomewell done and can't wait for the new season. My only complaint is why BBC has such a short season. I understand that each episode is like a movie, but I think the writers could pull off more than a few episodes a year. Right?
To my surprise they absolutely nailed it. Cumberbatch is a fantastic choice for Sherlock Holmes-he is physically right (he fits the traditional reading of the character) and he is a damn good actor. Martin Freeman, about whom I wasn't sure at first, is an excellent foil for Holmes without being the dumb sidekick that Dr Watson has often been. I thought that this series would not work, particularly after Robert Downey's interesting take on Conan Doyle's characterisation. I have been proved so wrong-it moved along at a good pace and held the attention brilliantly. My wife started by saying she didn't like it but by the end of the episode she was as enthralled as I. We are both looking forward to the rest of the series, if it is as entertaining as the first story. I was disappointed to read some reviews here that did not love it. Methinks they are too jaded to enjoy anything.
with delight. A brilliantly written, well acted programme. Well done to all concerned. The story had me hooked from the the elements of Holmes are present and correct. So far most of the original characters have appeared, with hints of more yet to appear. It is suspenseful and sometimes genuinely funny. I have read all the original stories, and after the late, great Jeremy Brett, despaired of ever seeing another top notch Holmes film. This is it, Brought up to date into the 21st century, but done with affection and respect to the original. Nice to see the writers have continued the theme of an intelligent (slightly bemused) Watson. CAN WE HAVE A FULL SERIES PLEASE. If not this is one I will return to again and again.
Pure genius, even better than the new movie that was out in the cinema with johnny Depp recently please please we really want more episodes also the actor who plays Sherlock is perfect for the role outstanding performance well done he should be in the movies excellent actor. The new technology in the series is amazing. The last episode was great the ending was a great cliff hanger so no doubt they have to bring in more episode i don't know why there was only 3 episodes I'm sure they knew it was great best damn thing I have seen on Television in years.
I don't know if BBC america shows it but it is 100% worth watching. Maybe if Top Gear (not a bad show) wasn't on 24/7 they'd have time to show it (if they haven't). I really encourage everyone to watch it. I watched it this weekend (both seasons) and fell in love with the excellent writing/plots, fabulous acting and unique/witty humor. Outstanding & Awesome show.
I think season 3 will be filming this year!! I can't wait to see it
If it's not on Netflix or BBC America then stream it or rent it online (google it).
One of the best shows in years. The perfect adaption of Sir Doyle's Sherlock Holmes brought to modern times. I dont even wanna start to tell everyone how great Cumberbatch and Freeman are. As my title says brilliant.
Hats of to all the great writers and producers and the whole cast and crew for showing us how good TV should work.
Watch out for Cumberbatchs performance in the new upcoming Star Trek movie and Freemans incredible genius as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.
So sad that due to their tight schedule we all have to wait till end of 2013 for the next season.
I didn't think I could love a re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes more than Robert Downey Jr.'s, but Benedict Cumberbatch has officially won me over. This show is the trifecta of perfection: brilliant acting, writing and production. Martin Freeman is the perfect balance to this contemporized Sherlock, brilliant in his own right. As a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories, I expected to hate this interpretation of his best mysteries, but I've loved each episode. My favorite thing about this show is its perfect blend of comedy, wit and drama. Adding together the awesome acting, clever dialogue and perfect pacing of the stories, there isn't a single boring moment. I can't recommend this series highly enough, whether you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes, or just plain good TV.
This iteration of the immortal Mr. Holmes is absolutely sublime. The writing is magnificent. The actors are superb. The camera work and visual effects (tilt-shift, variable text labels, split focus...) are spectacular. The only drawback associated with this fantastic show is the fact that i have to wait for the next season.
I apologize for the next part of this review. It MIGHT contain spoilers for season 3.
1. The man we "knew" as James Moriarty really WAS the actor Richard Brooks and he was hired by the real James Moriarty as part of the attempt to discredit Sherlock?
2. What if Moriarty's first name is actually "Jane"? Then, the reporter Kitty Riley could have used Richard Brooks as her proxy. (Redheads are naturally evil...but not in a bad way.)
3. Is Sgt. Sally Donovan an accomplice for Moriarty? She seems to be quite quick to cast aspersions on Sherlock. Perhaps she is a writer's decoy.
Regardless, I will be eagerly waiting for the next episode.
.... 125 years have passed since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle released his first book containing the immortal characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, "A Study In Scarlett" in 1887, and the 2010 BBC series "Sherlock" brings Doyle's classic literary world to the screen with a fresh 21st Century twist.
Although other screen adaptations have placed Sherlock Holmes in a (then) modern setting (including the much-lauded Basil Rathbone films), "Sherlock" is unlike any other Sherlock Holmes screen adaptation in that it is the first to set the world of Arthur Conan Doyle in the streets of 21st Century London. Each episode of "Sherlock" is a faithful adaptation of one of Doyle's stories only composed through a modern prism. But also unlike other Sherlock Holmes TV adaptations, BBC's "Sherlock" has a miniseries feel with its feature-length episodes. This allows time not only for each episode to spin a marvelous web of mystery and really delve into the characters but time for the filmmakers to create a stunning visual spectacle that most television shows cannot.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have been portrayed by a vast number of actors throughout the years (many of whom have been brilliant talents) and "Sherlock" delivers two of the best actors to ever step into the roles. Benedict Cumberbatch is an extraordinary Holmes. Physically, he is perfectly cast; but Cumberbatch also brings all of the eccentricity, coldness, brilliance and wit of Doyle's original literary character to the modern incarnation of Holmes. Martin Freeman is wonderfully cast as Dr. Watson; if I had to choose, Freeman would be my very favorite screen version of the character. Freeman is a charming, loyal and admiring but also capable and strong Dr. Watson who will not get his foot stuck in a wastepaper basket anytime soon. My favorite aspect of Freeman's Watson however has to be his dry sense of humor and cynical nature.
Some fans of Sherlock Holmes are absolute purists. I am not one of them. I want the characters to remain faithful to what Doyle created in all of the essential ways (and sometimes not even that) but I am thoroughly entertained and fascinated by the various different avenues that the characters and world of Arthur Conan Doyle can take. "Sherlock" is a brilliant 21st re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes and stands tall among the classic and contemporary classic adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle's incredible stories and characters.
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