Funny, very British, yet the ending wrecked it a bit

Featuring
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson
Rupert Graves as Greg Lestrade
Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson
Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes
with Andrew Scott as Prof. James Moriarty

I really miss Sherlock. It’s been a long while since the end of season three, and though its American counterpart Elementary plods along with its perp of the week type stuff, the sense of humour and clever cases in Sherlock are just so much better than those with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. So it’s with great anticipation that this year, the Sherlock team got together to make a Christmas special entitled The Abominable Bride.

Anyone who’s watched Sherlock will know that the show is essentially a reimagining of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories in the modern era. Well, this one takes us back to the Victorian era of horse and cart, telegrams, top hats and moustaches.

The story goes that a woman shoots herself in the head in front of a whole bunch of people, but then manages to kill her husband in front of even more witnesses afterwards. The strange case lends itself to even more copycat murders, and Sherlock and Watson investigate.

What I can say is that this is very much a typical episode of Sherlock. It’s funny, the banter is witty and the case is just strange enough for the writers.  However, I can say that (spoiler free, of course) the end of the episode kind of ruins it for me, because if you think this is just a little side episode from the main series, then you’ve got another thing coming.

That’s not to take away from the general gist of the episode itself. I managed to snag tickets to a special screening at the cinema, including the making of an interviews of the cast members, who seemed to have a lot of fun making it. The fact is that sense of fun and adventure really shines through on the big screen, and it was still good to watch.

If I had my time again, I don’t think that I’d watch The Abominable Bride at the cinemas again. The cost is not prohibitive, but the fact that it’s essentially a movie length television episode just seems to be a little bit strange. But, what’s done is done.

Rating

Great hour and a half of television. Not the best movie I’ve ever seen.

Watch this if you…

Are invested in the Sherlock series. It’s pretty damn good.

Skip this if you…

Are a man out of his time.

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