Posted: 11/30/2010


Sherlock: Season 1

by Del Harvey

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In 2009, while Guy Ritchie was crafting a new version of Sherlock Holmes for the feature motion picture market, the BBC was re-tooling Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic sleuth for the small screen. The result was a modernized, contemporary take on the world of Sherlock Holmes, but one which remains amazingly faithful to the iconic elements of the original. If anything, this version presents a classic detective in wrappings which even the youngest would-be sleuth can really enjoy.

Sherlock: Season One is a fast-paced adventure series featuring Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, The Last Enemy) as the quirky, hyper-intellectual Mr. Holmes. Martin Freeman (Britain’s The Office, Love Actually) is former soldier, doctor, and trusty colleague Doctor John Watson. Recognizable Brit actor Rupert Graves appears as Inspector Lestrade, whose buffoonery has been replaced with a healthy respect for the consulting detective’s powers of deduction. As noted, the iconic details remain, although in some cases updated for modern times. For example, the “three pipe problem” has been replaced with the “three patch problem,” with Sherlock exhibiting three smoking patches in lieu of his Meersham pipe. The two mystery hunters still occupy the same address - 221B Baker Street - and somewhere in the murky London fog waits Moriarty, scheming and plotting foul deeds against an unknowing society.

Own it on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 9th from Warner Brothers. Available here.

To watch a trailer, click here.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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