The opening salvo in this modern reboot of everyone's favorite detective, setting up the relationship between the cold, analytical, and frankly semi sociopathic Holmes and the haunted, human Watson....this one is interesting more as a sample of what is to come, featuring an annoyingly self-congratulatory villain and a nod at the nexus of villainy he emerged from...Poppy fun...The game is afoot!, erm, I mean ON....
As a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, I was very satisfied. Clever, fun, and Cumberbatch and Freeman are both great. An ideal example of great adaptation. It captures the essence, modifies what it must, and makes additional changes that allow it to feel fresh and original. But most importantly, it stands alone - you don't have to be familiar with Doyle's work in order to appreciate it.
I caught this last month. It's basically the same as the original Arthur Conan Doyle story (but with cell phones) and didn't bring much new to the table. It features a groan-inducing final 20 minutes that practically guarantee I'll be staying away from Sherlock in the future.
What I love most is the kinetic energy brought to this adaptation. Cumberbatch holds a magnetic presence on screen, and I never tired of his character. The duo of Watson and Holmes is one of the greatest in all fiction, and Moffatt and the two leads do a great job of bringing the dynamic and chemistry to life. What worked the best was how believable the characters were. They felt fresh and real, not caricatures.