- Genre: Detective/Suspense
- IMDB Rating: 9.1
- Seasons: 4
- No. of Episodes: 13
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Binge Watching Time: 19 hours 30 minutes
- Watch on: Netflix
Sherlock is a British crime television series based on detective stories “Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle aired from 2010 to 2017. It’s a production of the BBC network. It should be watched for the quality of its writing, acting, and direction. Sherlock forces us to engage with the material, to really think about the information that is being so unconventionally given to us. It allows us to think like the famous sleuth, to try and figure out what it is we’re seeing, to solve mysteries, which is not only these centered around murders and disappearances but around diegetic time and space.
The story is about the detective “Sherlock” who cleverly solves various mysteries in London, a city full of mystery, crime, and deceit. When the police can’t solve the cases of robbers, blackmailers, smugglers, and serial killers, they call upon Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his unconventional methods of deduction to shed light on the matter.
Benedict Cumberbatch is the perfect choice for the lead character “Sherlock Holmes” as he fits the traditional reading of the character and he is a damn good actor. Andrew Scott’s portrayal of Moriarty was extraordinary. Martin Freeman’s performance is natural too. The supporting cast was also excellent. Molly’s nervousness, Lastrade’s frustrations, Irene’s arrogance, Mrs. Hudson’s hip, Mycroft’s cool. They all seemed to fit in like pieces of a rather amazing jigsaw which you had no idea would produce such a brilliant image.
Cinematography and Editing:
Sherlock uses framing, camera movement, and clever editing techniques to let audiences on the complex mystery-solving process of the titular character. There are even entire sequences that take place inside Sherlock’s Mind Palace. In these scenes, lighting is used dramatically to show Sherlock’s state of mind. One particular scene, when Sherlock was injured and unconscious, the lighting is bright and blindingly white as his body goes into shock. In the same sequence, clever camera angles were used, the camera pointed downward at the top of a long spiraling staircase as Sherlock struggles to climb up them and back to consciousness. Hence, the cinematography and editing also make Sherlock a masterpiece to watch.
The series is primarily filmed in Cardiff, Wales, with North Gower Street in London used for exterior shots of Holmes and Watson’s 221B Baker Street residence.
The soundtrack to the series was again one of the really really good ones for a television series, and accompanied the series very well. The opening theme is one of the best.
What Sherlock teaches is that the power of observation creates knowledge that leads to more power.
If you like suspense, drama, crime, fun then Sherlock is a complete package for you. It’s binge-worthy show for self quarantined!!