Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the acclaimed modern retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic stories. But now, our heroes find themselves in 1890s London investigating a mysterious ghostly bride who appears to have committed murder from beyond the grave.
My daughter turned me on to Sherlock. I was dubious at first because I'm a Brett fan, but I really enjoy it. Everything is top drawer. I think that the people who do the show really respect the stories, and even though there is some creative license because it is "modern", it all works. I was anxious to see them do their show "period". I really enjoyed it as well. Everyone is on their game to transform modern London into old London. The story had the twists and turns it should and of course the acting is well done. I thought it was interesting to see the differences in not only how the characters dressed from new to old, but also their portrayal of the characters changed just a bit too. Good stuff. Great way to spend family night. Also the "extras" are really cool too. The behind the scenes stuff is always interesting to me and the extras are chock full of goodies.
This was very good, I immensely enjoyed seeing Sherlock and Watson back in their 'real', so to speak, time period! Made me wish that the entire series had more of these episodes which were also much more faithful to (and used more dialogue) from the original Arthur Conan Doyle Tales....Just the right amount of emotional tension between the two main characters. Lots of fun.....and to have the infamous scene at the 'falls'.....what a treat!
I read every bit of Sherlock Holmes I could get my hands on when I was younger, couldn't get enough. Of all the versions I've seen onscreen, this is the only one in which the relationship between Watson and Sherlock is on center stage-and in which the two characters are equally important. There is always the tendency to make Watson into a bafoon (Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce: OH I remember decades ago my brother and myself would stay up late on a Friday night, once a week, to watch those old black and white treasures! I'm talking about before the dawn of the internet and availability of constant streaming of any and everything you wanted 24/7. You actually waited a week to see the next showing, it was a different time, and I think, in many ways, a better one......)
Also loved the extras....My only complaint is that I really don't care for the way Moriarity is portrayed throughout the series. I dunno, a kind of lunatic disgusting irritating adolescent....yuck.......
I will try to say this as best I can without spoiling anything. [Warning: some of the negative reviews contain major spoilers. Inaccurate spoilers, but important nonetheless.]
This has never been a show about the cases. Never. The cases are often exciting, fun, a little silly, and a bit melodramatic (never more so than in this episode), but if you dwell on them too long they fall apart. What doesn't fall apart is the character arc (both of them, rather). The thing that draws me to the show in general is that it is the single most carefully crafted and successfully executed development of two fictional characters and a relationship that I have ever personally experienced. Sadly, this is only evident (so far) if one questions motives, looks for cracks in the masks, drops preconceptions, and seeks patterns that are only visible if one draws back to view multiple episodes at a time. All of this has never been more true than in this episode, which takes metaphors that have always existed and pulls them right up to the surface.
You will need your brain. That doesn't mean it's not fun to watch on a popcorn level. It also doesn't mean you need a masters degree: I found the truth easy to see from the start simply because it happens to fit one of my favorite character/story types. It just means that you can't really appreciate this episode fully without having at least a cursory understanding of what was really happening in the first three seasons, and that might mean letting go of your preconceived notions of what this show is about. Of course, if you're confused by that, then this episode has a good chance of clearing things up for you. Just don't deny the obvious, and remember that in storytelling, every scene has a purpose. You might have to watch it twice.
I honestly believe this might be the best episode of the show so far. It's beautifully done on every level, from the writing to the acting to the production and the editing. If you're looking for a crime procedural with an ensemble cast, move along; this isn't even a detective show, in the usual sense. On the other hand, if you love a good heart-wrenching drama, stick around. It's only getting better from here.
Full disclosure: I'm one of those people who couldn't get enough of Benedict Cumberbatch when the Sherlock series started, but then a few years ago got sick of him. I wasn't going to watch this because I didn't want to spend the money (I caught the first few episodes on amazon when they were free!). But I couldn't resist seeing what they'd done with it. I thought it was quite good. Despite all the focus on the "relationships," I was pleased that the plot was complicated. I enjoyed it the way that I enjoy the old fashioned, puzzle-driven Sherlock Holmes stories, rather than as an excuse for the actors (Cumberbatch) to show us how great they are. Although, if you like that, there's a lot of grandstanding too. Oh, and the costumes were brilliant--ironic, over the top take on the "period" genre. It was well done.
WOW!!! I didn't think Sherlock could get any better, but the movie reworked so many plot points in the series that I've had to watch it several times just to make sure I "get" everything. I love that! It can be watched on a topical level for sheer enjoyment or plumed to the depths for more. It's soooo well written with knowledge of the original Sherlock Holmes canon, but I also see allusions to other authors' attempts to prolong the Holmes journey. For instance, I saw several instances where the works of Laurie R. King are alluded to, unless that was just me inserting something that wasn't meant.