Detective

True Detective Season 2 Premiere Review

From the first evidence, this seems to be an even darker themed season than the previous one. With perplexing characters that aren’t in the mood to let the whisky down and continuously make questionable decisions. We probably need more to go on, in order to fully understand them and their actions, however we’ve got enough to be intrigued.

Colin Farrell portrays Ray, a character that for those that watched the first season, looks to be more than a loose cannon than what McConaughey’s Rust was. By that, the clear assumption is Farrell had his work cut out for this one but from this first look he delivered, hopefully the great performances continue until the end. The same holds for the all the members of the great cast which includes, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch. Judging by that it should be a great watch.

There is again the feeling of watching a true cop show, maybe even more than before, with the cops/detectives not being invincible heroes, but real human beings with problems and obstacles than need to be overcome. Maybe over-dramatizing them slightly, nevertheless without removing their integrity and authenticity.

The episode, continues along the lines of slow pace, and all it gives for the most part are unconnected dots and disjointed characters and plot. However in the final minutes, just when you start wondering what the heck is going on, you start to put the dots together and everything starts to make a bit of sense; and we are off, already anticipating the next episode.

Many have posed the question: Can this be as good as the first season? And although the final verdict will come after the last episode, one can only be optimistic from this first taste.

8/10

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Contemporary Sherlock Holmes part 1

With another Sherlock Holmes movie coming out in the summer, we take a look at other interpretations of the genius consulting detective and how well they have done in recent years.

Movies/TV Shows considered:

contemporary sherlock holmes

First part of the discussion will be the one thing that all three executions have in common and that is great actors in both major roles of Sherlock and Watson.

In Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey Jr. plays the homonymous character accompanied by Jude Law in the role of John Watson.  One of the most widely recognized actors of his generation RDJ adds his unique touch to the character, elegant and explosive, he delivers everything superbly with a minor yet satisfying old English accent as the only non-English actor of the three in question, from puns to monologues of deduction, he is just fascinating to watch on screen. 8.5/10

On BBC’s Sherlock we have one of the rising stars of our time, Benedict Cumberbatch with Martin Freeman playing the doctor.  Cumberbatch is incredible as Sherlock, he has a way with the character that transfers his eccentric energy and sociopath status to the viewer like no other.  Walking on the fine line of being so irritating that sometimes audiences find it too much, he gets the most out of the narcissistic and uncanny side of Sherlock. Along with Freeman they achieve both great moments of drama but also comedy, something that adds another dimension to the show. 9/10

In Elementary, it’s Jonny Lee Miller who shows his acting chops, out of all 3 interpretations he has the most dramatic tension in scenes and he gives scintillating performances time and again in the 3 years the show has been running.  He consistently manages to capture the feelings of Sherlock to perfection and it is when he has to show emotion that he shines. On this occasion Watson is portrayed by Lucy Liu and she might not be of the same caliber as Law or Freeman but she does a good job to keep up and support Miller. 8/10

To be fair, there isn’t much between the actors portraying the main man.  However as far as Watson is concerned, although Lucy Liu is a decent actress, she simply doesn’t have the star status and charm that Law and Freeman bring to the game.

Part 2: The production and theme.