Endlessly witty, the new (sort-of) installment bridges series 3 and 4 brilliantly, giving us a glimpse of Sherlock's inner works, which, as one would expect, entail an incessant craving for mental stimulation and plenty of repressed foibles. It's not the best episode in the canon but it's definitely one of the most interesting.
completely and utter bogus, but still some pretty damn fun 90 minutes. it is actually the first time that Sherlock ever looked and felt like a tv show, which is good/bad in it's own way. I just wished it was a one-off with no connection whatsoever with the main storyline...yeah, that went downhill really really fast.
A load of absolute nonsense. At one point I thought it was trying to be The Shining at another it seemed to be going for Inception. The characters are simply clichés that for some reason we're meant to find funny. The women are so poorly written that it makes Michael Bay look like Virginia Woolfe. A waste of time and talent.
(1.5) gatiss' sherlock has the problem of forcefully trying to be the coolest kid on the block through visual flair and continually putting down everyone who isn't the show's hero. it never stops slapping you with "look how cool this is", "this is soo complex", "that's diabolical innit" but never really structuring the story so that you can realize it. you're told it's like that and god forbid if you disagree.
I was hoping this was going to be an actual stand-alone feature set in the 19th century, probably because I wish Sherlock would return to a narrative style truer to the original stories instead of trying to impress us with cheap theatrics. We also see the same old problems with female characters: I don't want to be paid lip service with lines like "I'm your landlady, not a plot device" or a pseudo-feminist monologue.
A metaphorical journey between dreams, period era and halls of the mind palace, where inner self struggles with cracking the case that comes from the dark corners of past events, distorted by the memory. It's a clever play on fruits that were bearing throughout the whole series as well as an excuse to present Sherlock Holmes in his more classical form, while maintaining larger than time spirit.