Sherlock Series Two
An Emily Blunt Review
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin
Freeman, Mark Gatiss and so on
Directed by: Toby Haynes and Paul McGuigan
Writers: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Steve Thompson and Sir Arthur
speaking? Brains are indeed the new sexy…and Sherlock
Series Two delivers multiple, err, pleasures…In fact it’s
a trifecta for the brain endorphin-wise. You get a heaping helping
of raw sexy, mystery and intrigue complete with scary bits, and
the finale serves up a gut-wrenching thrill. And Sherlock Series
Two's three new films dare to step forward into the Doyle Classics;
Scandal in Bohemia, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Final
yes, they went there, and the reworks work. Hell, they’ve
even neatly managed to work in the infamous deerstalker! It’s
hard to top the phenom the whole production crew brought us in
the first myth-shifting
series. I mean they had to approach concisely the bromance,
the modernization and of course nod to all us Holmesians –
with our self-righteous eyes looking for any flaw; complete with
the “Why I oughttas” awaiting. But, worldwide we were
quietly awed then thunderously applauding.
are brought back in with, 'A Scandal in Belgravia.' Of course
the title is obvious. And the “plot” is about royalty
and scandalous pictures. Normally a yawn, ah, but not here there
Johnny. Sherlock (Benedict
Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin
Freeman) run around in gloriuos subplot land as the real focus
is on one woman - The Woman - Irene Adler (Lara Pulver). All the
series of films thus far has attempted to knock you upside the
head with how not gay Watson is, but, have left Sherlock up to
one’s imagination. Is this man an Elder Virgin or perhaps…
as we shall all discover all the lad needed was an equally brilliant
brain-force and some good old-fashioned gorgeous-to-boot looks
thrown in and he too can be befuddled by the opposite sex. Purr.
Snap. (<- if you know what I'm typing here...and I think
that you do)
acting in these sexually-fueled frames is particularly brilliant
from the trio; S, J and I. Watch the eyes and tells.
up is The Hounds of Baskerville. Now how on Earth are they going
to manage this work you may harrumph aloud as the film starts.
Fear not, they have and quite (as we are coming to expect) brilliantly.
Clever is too mundane a word. Brilliant too used. Let’s
just go ahead and say it. But, here, the word is neither over
used or quaint; The film is genius.
there’s something going on out there on the moors alright
Joe, and you’ll have eyes fixed upon the television wondering
just what this hound thing is anyway!
are some clues: Baskerville is now a military testing area, and
strange people do strange things, the townsfolk don’t mind
having a dog beast for fiscal intake purposes, and one young man
has a long history with the hound….which would have to be
either on a third generation, or twenty odd years old and still
running about tearing poor moor wanderers apart like an old chewie
toy. And, thankfully, there’s plenty of foggy atmospheric
additions to help your psyche go along for the hunt.
Finally they’ve attempted, and succeeded, in The Reichenbach
re-imagining. This film is so completely thrilling, I forewarn
you not to eat prior to viewing or your tummy is sure to burp
and bother at you in protest through out.
Scott) is back and he’s even more twisted and riddled
up in a conundrum then when we first met him temper-tantruming
about at the pool. Moriaty is the Yin to Sherlock’s Yang.
He almost steals the show – both actor and character. Seething
evil and diction the actor is given some of the smarter bits ever
caught by a lens. This Scott fellow can act. Yes he can. Have
they actually put belladonna drops in his eyes, you may ask, or
has he got that look naturally? Hmm.
premise, or plot, starts to shape up to be about how once an idea
is planted in one’s mind there’s no uprooting. Kind
of like you can not un-hear something. That’s really all
I can say without slipping the game up.
aware R Falls’ end is sure to leave you utterly breathless
and perhaps stunned with a tear or two rolling down your face….I’m
just saying. I can say no more.
Except to say, the characters you’ve immediately come to
know and enjoy are all back and in the crispest of form from Series
One; Mycroft (Mark
Gatiss), Mrs. Hudson (Una
Stubbs), suffering Molly (Loo
Brealey) and Lestrade (Rupert
kit bonuses include a short on behind the scenes where cast and
crew share the warmth of reception and show you how they shot
a few really swell scenes and audio commentary.
again I bow to all
in and around the productions for a tremendously entertaining
recommendations: Pack of cigarettes for Scandal - or
a few nicotine patches...frankly, what ever you enjoy post coitus;)
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