Tuesday, 28 February 2012

20 Reasons Why Sherlock is Awesome

1) C'mon, it's SHERLOCK HOLMES.

2) It's not made by Americans (unlike THIS ONE, which sounds absolutely horrendous. Lucy Liu as Watson? You've GOT to be joking).

3)  If your only exposure to the character so far is the Robert Downey Jr version, then you've got a lot to learn. While entertaining, the movie version was just a little to cloying, and somehow, too AMERICAN for my liking.

4) If your only exposure to the character is the one from the BOOKS, then this be a nice modern update to your idea of what he is like in your mind.

5) THAT title sequence.

6) Benedict Cucumberpatch BLOWS Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock OUT OF THE WATER and INTO THE FALLS. He really IS that good.

7) I especially like how Cumberbatch makes Sherlock so eccentric but not overly so that he looks like a flamboyant but ingenious cuckoo (which RDJ's version seemed to be like at times).

8) James Moriarty is a thousand times more dastardly, chilling, scary, psychotic and ingenius  than the one in the movie. Just the introduction of the character will blow your mind.

9) The romance between Sherlock & Irene seems a lot more sensual (not because Irene is naked), and she is definitely better written than the 'damsel in distress' version in the movies.

10) Irene Adler. Naked. Nuff. said.

11) The two season finales are exactly the sort of episodes that make you WANT MORE I WANT MORE WHY ARE THERE ONLY THREE EPISODES IN EACH SEASON GAAAAAH

12) On the bright side, each episode lasts 90 minutes, which is actually longer than some Hollywood movies. This means there is a lot more to absorb each episode, AND the stories are tied up nicely in the end.

13) He may not be as good looking as Jude Law, but Martin Freeman's Watson is everything I thought Watson should be like - prim, proper, a little awkward, and extremely British.

14) I'm a sucker for the way Agatha Christie used to have Hercule Poirot present the solution to the case in the end - it wrapped up everything nicely with a BIG REVELATION. The way Sherlock presents his solutions here remind me of that sometimes. Besides, if you've watched enough American crime procedurals, everything seems a bit TOO convenient, but though it DOES seem that way in Sherlock sometimes, at least the WAY he solves these cases AND the way he presents the solutions are WAY more fun and ingenious than your average CSI team.

15) Ah, the writing, and the stories. These are not direct adaptations of Doyle's stories but rather, updated, modern version of them, with enough familiar details and situations and iconic scenes thrown in to make it brilliant.

16) Having cellphones doesn't make things easier for Sherlock. It only makes things more complicated.

17) I've compare the way both Downey Jr & Cumberbatch rattle off their deductions in their respective mediums, and found that Cumberbatch's rants are MUCH, MUCH smoother and entertaining than RDJ's, especially since his is a natural British accent, and RDJ just sounds like Tony Stark on speed at times.

18) Nothing to do with Sherlock, but I can't wait to see Martin Freeman as Bilbo.

19) Have I mentioned just how awesome Benedict Cumberbatch is as Sherlock already?



WinnieKepala said...

Cucumber-patch? Hahaha.

I like this version too. Not a fan of Robert Downey Jr's version. This modern Sherlock is perfectly written and has better plots.

The "bromance" between Sherlock and Watson is perfectly articulated. Unlike the underlying gay vibe from Hollywood version.

Also, definitely agree Irene Adler is way more powerful, mysterious and complex in this version. A much better fit and intriguing for Sherlock.

... And Watson is a Blogger. Hahaha. Love it.

jeevs said...

21) I like how they introduce the deerstalker into the story and how Sherlock becomes increasingly annoyed by its representation

22) Not just the use of text messages in replacement of dialogue, but the timing, language and context of these messages to keep the pacing of the story

23) Proper cliffhangers: Two finales, two interpretations of the Reichenbach Falls.

p/s: So do you think the cyclist had anything to do with the ending of Season 2?

buddy2blogger said...

Excellent points about the BBC series. As a lifelong fan of Sherlock Holmes, I can humbly say that this is one of the best adaptations ever :)

Great acting, music and clever scripts make this a must watch for Sherlockians.


Paul said...

If none of you have seen the Jeremy Brett version, you owe it to yourselves to do so. Brilliant.

Neivania Rodrigues said...

Muito bom seu post, eu concordo com quase todos os itens. Irene Adler naked hummmm.. Well, never mind. Congratulations.

Lady of the Lake said...

Hmmm. Clearly you don't care much for us Yanks. OK. But Lucy Liu as JOAN Watson has proven to be quite a character -- and if you are not watching, you're cutting off your nose to spite your face (is that an Americanism? I'm sure you get the gist of it.).

I agree with Paul that Jeremy Brett's interpretation is excellent.

AND, I also really like Cumberbatch's and Miller's version (yes, we get it here in the States) -- different, yes, but also good. There is room for more than one version to be good. :-)