Between Bilbo & John Harrison There Is Sherlock

February 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

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Two unrelated movie universes united by two characters and the brilliant actors that portray them.

BILBO BAGGINS

The long wait for the first chapter of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy felt endless at times.  Finally, the journey to the Lonely Mountain began and one of the standouts (and rightfully so) was Bilbo himself.  Martin Freeman.

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I had a few minor issues with The Hobbit’s bloated mid section but it was still an inspiring return to Middle Earth.  The landscapes were just as breathtaking and the film is packed with incredible monsters and spectacular battles.

Between Bilbo & John Harrison There Is Sherlock | The Hobbit | Star Trek Into Darkness

Peter Jackson must have felt enormous pressure to cast the right actor as Bilbo.  Having seen The Hobbit, I can’t imagine someone other than Martin Freeman as the titular character.  I first encountered the actor in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and I thought he was perfect for the part.

He’s truly becoming one of my favorite actors.  So, when The Hobbit ended I immediately began hunting for more projects featuring Mr. Freeman.

That’s when I discovered his fantastic work as Dr. John Watson.

JOHN HARRISON

However, there is no Watson without Sherlock?  I had heard many people rave about Sherlock but never bothered to check it out until the first two series popped up on Netflix.

Why not give it a shot?  I would get more Martin Freeman but also a closer look at Benedict Cumberbatch.  The actor who will be terrorizing the crew of the Enterprise this summer in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Between Bilbo & John Harrison There Is Sherlock | The Hobbit | Star Trek Into Darkness

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“You think you’re safe?  You are not.”

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There has been much speculation regarding Cumberbatch’s character, John Harrison.  Is he Kahn?  Perhaps he is really playing Gary Mitchell? I think he’s an original villain named John Harrison and that’s okay with me.  With so many characters we already knew, why not introduce some new people into the franchise?

I’m fascinated by the mystery surrounding John Harrison and I truly hope it stays that way until the lights dim on May 17, 2013.  Until then, I’m more than happy watching Cumberbatch as…

SHERLOCK

I just finished watching the first series of 3 episodes on Netflix and I adored them all.  While I’m jealous of the skillful writing, I think Benedict & Martin’s performances truly make this show a must watch.  There’s an interesting contrast between a show that is paced on the slower side featuring a character who speaks a mile a minute.  Sherlock’s keen observational skills are incredible and it’s pretty amazing to watch him piece together the tiniest details.

Sherlock, the world’s only consulting detective, is joined by witty Watson.  The dynamic between the two is extraordinary.  Both Benedict & Martin work wonderfully together.  It all results in a perfect fusion of performance and storytelling.  I’m thrilled to have another 3 episodes to watch.  Especially since they are each 1.5 hours long.  I can’t wait to see how Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty challenges his superior intellect.

Still, the wait for Star Trek Into Darkness is getting harder and harder to bear…

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