Sherlock Holmes, a name which has become synonymous to the word detective, resurfaces on our television for the umpteenth time but with a twist. Sherlock is not yet another tedious adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle novels but instead updates the characters all together and sets them in 2010 London while still retaining the traits and personalities that make them the characters we know and love.
A brain child of two of the UK’s best writers, Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis, it is because of the modernization that this version of Sherlock Holmes adaptation is a hands down winner.
The creators have erased many traits of the historical Sherlock and transformed him into a new character at the same time giving him the features that defined the sleuth, with strong signs of asperger syndrome, which Benedict Cumberbatch plays brilliantly. The problem with most of the remakes is that they seem less fresh and much predictable. Yet with Sherlock, the creators have invented a new Sherlock Holmes, found ways of integrating new technology with his detective work and re-structured the stories in order to fit in the modern world. For example, John Watson’s notebook is replaced by his blogs about the cases. Mrs. Hudson, the servant has been taken over by Mrs. Hudson, the land lady who criticizes Sherlock Holmes for his crazy habits.
Enacting one of the most famous character which has already been enacted by some of the finest actors (read Jeremy Brett and Basil Rathbone), Benedict Cumberbatch gives a scintillating performance. He plays Sherlock Holmes so effortlessly that you forget you are watching an actor. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in this role. Benedict Cumberbatch is that good!! It is not easy to portray a character such as Watson but Martin Freeman does an outstanding job. His character is a complete contrast to that of Sherlock and Freeman makes the character interesting and sympathetic, both at the same time. The soundtrack is another high point of Sherlock.
It is a brilliantly written and enacted drama with great mysteries. It is intelligent, funny and sometimes intense. A must watch for every living soul!!