Sherlock: The Abominable Bride review

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The modern day version of Sherlock Holmes garnered many accolades and popularity, because of which the social media sites went haywire when the special episode was announced. The story takes place in the original background, i.e. 19th century Victorian London. Fans of Sherlock Homes are no strangers to the Baker Street and John Watson’s journal where he writes down everything, ranging from his personal feelings to Holmes’s professional viewpoints. The result of this particular episode was not satisfying, but overall it was a good ride. The base of the whole crime in this episode is associated with a social or human rights issue and the twist, or Sherlock’s findings were good but it was presented in hard-to-believe manner.

The story is loosely based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Musgrave ritual”. A bride named Emilia Ricoletti (Natasha O’Keefe) who committed suicide in full public view, apparently comes back from the grave to haunt and kill various men. Sherlock takes the case, but he eventually loses interest after seeing the bride’s dead body in the morgue. But then, the bride’s “ghost” continues to haunt and kill and both Sherlock and Watson are in for a much bigger challenge. This was presented to them after he sees a message on one of the victim’s body.

Until this particular moment in the show, there was avid suspense. After that, the whole thing became a porridge. The chain of events that followed is all jumbled up and they garbled several plot points happening in the past and present (I don’t want to give anything much away) and at one point, the whole track seemed obscure. However, it was a good turn of events as far as innovation is concerned, people might not anticipate a change in the past/present scenario like the one presented here.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman maintained the true core of their respective characters. But then, the filmmakers also stuck to the old school tradition of satire mixed up in real deal suspense, For eg: the scene where Watson says “I’m a writer, I know when I’m in a story” I went “What?”. Also (during the climax scene) why did they have to show Sherlock losing the hand-to-hand combat, especially after his monolog on how his opponent is going to fall off the edge. The lady who played the bride overacted her heart out, making us loathe this character. If that’s what the filmmakers want then they have succeeded.

The beginning was impressive, but the filmmakers over did the whole thing after the second-half. Especially by dragging in another dead character into this story (I’m not revealing who). Maybe it will sink in as far as the whole show is concerned, but the show is named “The abominable bride”. By bringing in this dead person, the title character’s importance just became secondary. Also, it didn’t even give Sherlock enough time to complete his final verdict, which took place toward the end of the show, amidst a dangerous cult that resembled Satan worshipers (an unfair depiction of human rights movement, which it was). Thankfully, there could be more in the coming episodes, which will not be airing until 2017.

*Sigh*

2.5/5

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