A year ago today I watched Sherlock Holmes at the Omni Vue in Edinburgh. And it kicked off a year of Sherlock-ian stuff. Well, okay, it’s not like I went to 50 Sherlock Holmes-related events or something, but I did go to three (which is a lot since that sort of thing doesn’t really come my way often) and besides, I attended the same university as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. ha.
(Incidentally, for the past week or two, I’ve been re-reading all the Sherlock Holmes short stories. I think I’m about 3/4 through.)
The movie was quite fun. (I rambled about it here.) It was definitely a whole lot better than Avatar, which I saw the day after.
I think the violin was made from the wood of a tree that Conan Doyle planted… or grew in his backyard or something. Shucks, I don’t remember anymore. (Day, help me out here…) But I do recall that it was nice hearing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in full and in person. Front row seats too. haha
Nothing awesome there – small amateur production. The thing I remember most vividly about it was that they had some girl playing Miss Marple and she was really… shrill.
I did have a bit of a tricky time adjusting to Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes because I’d just seen him in Third Star at the end of the film festival, where he played a terminally-ill man who goes on a road trip with three of his buddies. Because he’s so so so pale as well, I kept thinking of him as a terminally-ill Sherlock Holmes. Took a while to knock that thought out.
But overall I really liked how they’d updated Sherlock Holmes. If you haven’t seen it and you like Sherlock Holmes, I highly recommend it! The third and last episode (the UK likes mini-series, for some reason) was incredible. I usually don’t like hanging endings but this one seemed perfect.
… Which is why when I heard that they’re making a second season I was rather disappointed. It feels like it would detract from the impact of that last episode (The Great Game). But hopefully they pull it off well?
(And I have just realised that Martin Freeman, who played Dr Watson, is supposed to be Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit? According to Wiki anyway. Hm. Interesting.)
The BBC mini-series trailer: