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What a spectacle!,
This review is from: Sherlock - Series 1-2 [DVD] (DVD)
*May contain spoilers if you have not watched it before*
This box set, containing Series 1 and Series 2 of the critically acclaimed BBC Drama Sherlock, is a must buy for everyone. Every one of the six movie length episodes provides a mix of tension, excitment, exileration and wit.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock, is an amazing actor who plays Sherlock with brilliance and ease. His perforamnce of the charecter is perfect to a tea and is compells you without you even realising and combined with the acting talents of Martin Freeman, who plays Dr John Watson, they are partnership that work together very well. The acting of this pairing is outstanding and there are many times that you really do forget there acting - there that good!
Also combine the acting of Cumberbatch and Freeman with Andrew Scott (who play's Sherlock Holmes arch enemy Moriarty)you realise that it cant get any better. Scott himself does an excellent job portraying the chanrecter and personality of Jim Moriarty.
Then you come on to the storylines themselves, which are based on Sir Arthur Cannon Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories. Each episode (which are more like films at 90 minutes length each) provides an intruging story for the watcher that you are captivated from right from the beggining. I must say out of all 6 episodes my favourite was the last episode of the 1st series - 'The Great Game', I was really on the edge of my seat as Sherlock solved all the captivating puzzles.
A lot of people say "What makes this different adaption of Sherlock Holmes?" - well I shall tell you! This adaption is showing how Sherlock's wit and charecter is presented and works in the modern day, as all of his cases are set in the modern day (for example instead of John Watson writing a diary like in the original stories he instead keeps a blog). This idea of putting Sherlock in the modern day (which was thought up by the producers) is an amazing idea - and allows the audience to enjoy and connect with Sherlock like never before - and it really is extrodinary.
So you start with Series 1 - the opening episode 'The Lady in Pink' is a great start to the drama - as Sherlock is put on the case of serial suicides, but Sherlock soon realises that there may be more to the story. This episode shows right from the start the complete wit and 'cockyness' of sherlock, and just how clever he really is. Also in this episode John Watson moves in with Sherlock and helps him on the case. In the second episode, The Blind Baker, Sherlock is put on the case when Graffiti is found in a secure tight room, but as he looks further in to the case he gets tangled in a web of lies and deception that leads him to a new discovery all together. In the final episode of this series, titles 'The Great Game' Sherlock is set a series of puzzles by his arch enemy Moriarty, but the question is can Sherlock solve the cases before the time runs out... and what is it all leading up to?
Now you move on to Series 2 - the first episode 'A Scandal in Belgravia' where when Sherlock is put on to the case of compromising photo's held by sex pest Irene Adler (played by Laura Pulver) he finds himself locked in a battle of wits with Irene - but is she all that he seems? The second episode 'The Hounds of Baskerville' is a slant on the original story when Sherlock cant resist an invitation to Dartmoor - but is shelock at a stump or does the Baskerville really exist? The last episode titled 'The Reichanbach Fall' see's the return of Moriarty - and after he breaks in to three of the most secure locations on Britan Sherlock is put on the case to crack him down - but as Moriaty plays his games, Sherlock begins to get in to trouble - very big trouble!
So overall I can say that Sherlock is an amazing drama, and I definatly reccomend you buy this DVD - because you can enjoy it over and over again.