Some men can do the Victorian clothing style really, really well. Benedict Cumberbatch is one of them. Have you ever thought of it in those terms though? Like, Harrison Ford’s limit is 1930s-style clothes. Anything before that, no one is buying it. Benedict’s “look” would be comfortable anywhere from 1750 to 2015. That’s what I was thinking about as I watched the first real trailer for the Sherlock Christmas special, where Holmes and Watson somehow manage to find themselves back in Victorian England, just as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle intended. To say that Benedict is comfortable in that particular style is a major understatement.
I come out of it sort of missing the old Sherlock music. It’s too BAUMMMMM BAUMMM, like we get it, this is just a one-time thing, it’s Victorian England, we can’t have the light-touch music like before. Anyway, this looks really good. It looks like a stand-alone Sherlock film, quite honestly. Like something Guy Ritchie would do if he had a smaller budget. That’s one thing that I’ve always appreciated about Moffat & Gatiss: they make the show seem like stand-alone films. That was especially true in Season 2.
It’s been so long since I’ve written about Sherlock, I’m honestly out of practice. Should I make a joke about how Bendy looks even more ottery with that hairstyle? It’s true. He looks like he has a damp, oily otter pelt. And poor Martin Freeman and that unconvincing mustache.
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