July 25, 2010

CRANK UP THE BOX:

Sherlock, BBC One, review: Serena Davies reviews the much-anticipated new drama series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Serena Davies, 23 Jul 2010, Daily Telegraph)

The character of Holmes as reworked by writers Mark Gatiss (the multi-talented League of Gentlemen comic) and Steven Moffat (Doctor Who’s new supremo) is a conceited, sociopathic ass whose genius ranges somewhere on the autistic spectrum, but who nevertheless possesses a sense of humour.

Cumberbatch conveyed all these facets within three seconds of our first encounter with him, when he happened to be flaying a dead body with a horsewhip (to research how quickly bruises came up). He was also filmed in such a way that, with a shock of blackened hair, his parchment-pale skin and liquid eyes took on a translucent quality that made him appear both sickly and mesmerisingly other-worldly. [...]

Sherlock worked because it was having fun. It also let down the po-faced pretence that the suffocating abundance of TV detective shows often labour under: that the detective actually cares about the victims. This Holmes revelled in horror: “Four serial suicides and now a note. It’s Christmas!” How have Barnaby, Taggart, Marple et al hidden their own jubilation for so long?


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Posted by Orrin Judd at July 25, 2010 7:04 PM
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