Is it OK to make Sherlock Holmes younger and dishier?
Heresy! Sherlock Holmes is now contemporary. Masterpiece Theater on Sunday evenings is screening the new BBC "Sherlock" set in modern times. And it kinda works! And Benedict Cumberbatch (the weirdest name ever) is definitely the sexiest Sherlock ever seen.
Cumberbatch (who was the sleazy friend of Keira Knightley's brother in the movie "Atonement" - for which he got rave reviews) is a little younger, a little more humorous and has an interesting, attractive voice.
Some people are alluring just through their looks, but Cumberbatch is a little more subtly alluring. When he speaks, the way he moves his mouth, and with his slighly upper-crust accent, he's well, frankly dashing.
The difference between his Sherlock and those of before is that as the story progresses, we see how he deduces things, as they are explained. You don't have to marvel at the end "how the hell did he figure that out". This time around you watch how he figures it out scene by scene. I found that to be a bit odd at first, but hey, why not try a different tack. If you didn't, why would anyone want to replace the fabulous Jeremy Brett who pretty much "owned" it for many years.
Notice how the number of the house on Baker Street has been altered by 200 years to add a pun relating to the show being set in modern times!