I’ve now watched both seasons of the British TV series Sherlock. I must start by saying that I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes as book character. I’ve read every piece of fiction written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at least once, and when it comes to his detective stories about Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, I’ve read each of them countless times. Having said that, I’ve been avoiding watching these movies, as I get easily offended when something I love gets interpreted in a “wrong” way. And I must say I felt very divided after watching the TV series.
Firstly, the contemporary surroundings did not appeal to me. But ok, I can live with that.
The part that I didn’t like at all was the way Sherlock Holmes was interpreted by the film makers. In the movies he did and said things that would have been very out-of-character for the actual Sherlock Holmes. The modern Sherlock just didn’t have the class and the style I would have liked to see, to say the least. Besides, I found the appearance of the leading actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, somewhat unattractive (which, of course, is very unfortunate, and I sincerely hope he’s not reading this).
On the positive side, I really liked how some of the century-old crime cases were translated for the modern audience. The Baskerville Hound case, for instance, had some unexpected turns even for me, who “knew everything” in advance.
Also, I really liked the performance of Martin Freeman, who played Doctor Watson. We’ve all seen him in Love Actually and The Office, but I didn’t realize he was such a brilliant actor until now! Can’t wait to see him in the next Lord of the Rings movie! Andrew Scott who played the arch-villain Jim Moriarty was great, too.
All in all, if you’re not a Sherlock Holmes fanatic like myself, I think you might enjoy these movies in case you haven’t seen them yet. It’ll help if you haven’t read the books, too. However, when it comes to me, occasionally I was just too tense and critical to actually be wholeheartedly entertained.