Sherlock: A Review
Sherlock. The first thing that comes to mind is the character we all know and love, the world’s only consulting detective, the man of cunning and wit. And then, inevitably, the second thing that springs to mind is the BBC’s award winning miniseries of the same name. Sherlock is a wonderful modern adaptation of the classic novels. With Benedict Cumberbatch playing the emotionally detached detective, and Martin Freeman as his loyal companion, Doctor John Watson, the BBC’s take on the memorable characters is far different to those of the late Victorian ones, portrayed in film and television series alike. Of course, the essence of the characters has stayed the same, but the modern twist adds a relatable and humorous touch (as John insists, for the thousandth time, “I’m not gay!”. Sure, John. You keep telling yourself that. But more on that later.) Steven Moffat, head writer for Doctor Who and Sherlock enjoys making our brains hurt, as he invents confusing schemes and puzzles to mess with us, with actor and co-writer Mark Gatiss (“You say it GAY-tiss. That’s how I remember.” he said on Twitter) at his side. Gatiss also has the role of Sherlock’s older, more sophisticated brother, Mycroft, in the show. And, oh, how he plays that role. With his umbrella, tea and the best bitchface ever, Mycroft is certainly a memorable character. And of course, every fairy-tale needs a good old-fashioned villain. And Sherlock definitely delivers on that aspect. Andrew Scott plays a terrifying – if incredibly sassy - Jim Moriarty. He is psychotic, demonic, with a penetrating stare and great taste in fashion (and music). A scene from the second series has Sherlock and Moriarty drinking tea (dealing with villains the British way) and Sherlock essentially getting threatened by the world’s only consulting detective. “In a world of locked rooms, the man with the key with king. And honey,” he says softly, sipping tea and carving an apple, “You should see me in a crown.” I think we all flailed at this point, as Sherlock remained impassive, simply stating, “I never liked riddles.” There’s another plot twist after this, but I won’t give it away, because let’s face it, this show is stuffed to the brim with bloody plot twists.