The Morning After: Jan 18, 2016

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Set between the third and fourth seasons, BBC drama Sherlock has given audiences something they weren’t aware they needed: a period-set version of their favorite show. Sherlock is an engaging, humorous and rigorously detailed dramatization of the Sherlock Holmes character as if he were a detective in present day London. As he struggles to come to terms with the death of his arch enemy Moriarty and his impending incarceration, Sherlock finds solace within his Mind Palace has he struggles to solve a century-old case that his alter-ego once faced.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the self-centered private detective Sherlock Holmes with support from Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. Together, the two attempt to uncover the truth behind the suicide of a married woman and the later murder of her husband by the now-dead woman. As the plot begins to emerge, the audience is carried along in the sweep of 19th Century London while the terrific supporting cast makes memorable and supremely engaging appearances in the show, taking on roles not too dissimilar from their modern day incarnations.

Cumberbatch and Freeman are superb as Holmes and Watson, pulling the audience along with their incomparable head-to-head banter and fiendish crime-solving skills through a series of fascinating, richly detailed and thoroughly engaging twists and turns. Hearkening back to the first season of the show, the crisp dialogue, erudite plotting and inventive creative design, brings us back to the glory days of the series, a formidable achievement in television production. This case brings the quality of production to new heights and promises, hopefully, that we might get another great period adventure in the future while hoping for a quick turn around for the fourth season.

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