Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

Preparing for an exam on Arthur Conan Doyle's first two Sherlock Holmes novels ("A Study in Scarlet", 1887; "The Sign of the Four", 1890), the first episode of "Sherlock" (2010, with Benedict Cumberbatch) and the first two episodes of "Elementary" (2012, with Jonny Lee Miller), I confirmed my previous experience: despite great performances from Miller and Lucy Liu, Elementary gets tiresome over time, while the resolution of that first "Sherlock" episode is so disappointing I didn't want to watch any more. Sherlock should have laughed at that taxi driver: "Is that your thing? A narrative cliché? You watched 'The Princess Bride' and thought, 'I can do that.' What an utter letdown." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 15 March 2023)

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