Monday, September 24, 2012

The Thrill of the Game.

Sherlock Holmes is one of my most favorite fictitious characters, and probably for many others as well which is why he has survived so many popular manifestations. The two most popular are the films re-done by Guy Ritchie starring Jude Law as Dr. Watson and Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes; the films are very successful, and I have to admit are a lot of fun to watch. They retain a good deal of what I consider the original Holmes created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but there is also an immense amount of fantastic originality to the two films so far released. The next popular re-imagining of the famous detective is the British television show Sherlock which takes place in the current London with all of the technology a detective could ever want. Martin Freeman plays Dr. Watson (who will also be starring as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy with the first part being released this December) and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock. I began watching the second season of the show Sunday and I watched the second episode which was a different angle on the Hound of the Baskervilles. Umm.....this series I continue to go back and forth with, because sometimes it comes off really wonderfully, and then there are times when they go over the top and try to make Sherlock Holmes more of a.....well....genuine human being honestly, which he isn't at all. He doesn't show fear (unless it's in private) he comes off as omniscient; he doesn't make mistakes, he only can solve things too slowly at times. I don't know, I suppose that I am not that impressed with their interpretation of the character, although I do like Martin Freeman as Watson. He adds brevity, and he does a fantastic job with his role, but so does Benedict Cumberbatch. That man plays Holmes so well that he almost makes it appear effortlessly; he's an admirable man of his craft. If you like Sherlock Holmes then you'll probably like this show as long as you keep an open mind, and if not then I'm sure that average person would like it more if they know less about the world's greatest detective.

Sherlock Season 2 Preview

Q&A with the Stars and Creators of Sherlock

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