When it comes to movies, and TV for that matter, I prefer American-made stuff, I find it superior in every way. Of course there is good and bad, as there is in everything, but what I mean to say is that all of my favourite movies and TV series are American. In comparison I find British-made stuff physically embarrassing to watch, I just can’t do it. I don’t even try to be honest, but I do slip once in a while and give the odd thing a try, and every time I do I regret it. I can’t even fully explain exactly why I’m so biased, not by any scientific means anyway.
Now don’t get me wrong here, my problem is in the production of British material, when it comes to England on film, usually London let’s face it, or English actors on screen I have no problem with that if it’s in American-produced material. As a matter of fact some of my favourite character portrayals have been done by Brits. And that brings me neatly to my point, yes I do actually have one.
I recently saw the latest Star Trek movie, Into Darkness, as a matter of fact I’ve watched it at least five times in the last few weeks. Anyway, there’s one stand-out factor in that movie, not the special effects, the script, the music or even Zoe Saldana’s wetsuit. It is one character, Khan, not even that, it is Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of him. It is utterly exquisite in my humble opinion.
And now a confession, and my point, finally. Because of Cumberbatch’s Khan, I decided to go looking for what else he has done and came across Sherlock. I remember hearing a lot of good things about this TV series but it was a British-made thing and therefore not my cup of tea. But, since I’m now a big fan of its title actor I thought why not give it a go, even though I’d just turn it off after a few minutes like I always do with home-grown productions. Thanks to Lovefilm I’ve now watched all six one and a half hour episodes from the first and second series in quick succession. I was utterly blown away by it, what a fantastic rendering of such a classic character brought into present day, portrayed brilliantly, excellently scripted and flawlessly directed. I’m still not interested in British movies and TV as a whole but I will yield to the sheer superiority of Sherlock. I’m now desperate for the third series!
All the best.