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03 January 2016 @ 12:51 am
Movie day / night  
It's only taken me eighteen months but yesterday I finally hooked up my DVD player to my sound system. Still can't get the telly running through the receiver but that's a problem for another day. Tonight to celebrate I sat down with three movies to watch - firstly The Man From UNCLE which while it was beautifully styled and shot, was far too full of drawn-out car chases and the like to completely hold my attention. It did sound good, though, running through the big speakers.

Secondly I watched Kingsman which I enjoyed a lot more. You have to park your critical brain at the door before watching in order to fully enjoy it, I think, but being a Saturday night with a G&T in hand it went down surprisingly well.

The plan was then to watch Spy but for some reason the sound decided to stop working at that point, and I could not be bothered pulling everything apart to find out why, so it can wait.

But first thing this morning it was off to the cinema for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride. Huge spoilers under the cut, so if you don't want to have it totally ruined, do not click.

Managed to stay spoiler-free for this one, so the big reveal (Sherlock in his mind palace) came as a real surprise, which had me almost bouncing in my seat. I LOVED how they tied this into the other nine episodes. Here I was thinking that it was going to be a standalone set in Victorian times, and look what we got instead. Now I guess we wait another two years for the next installment.

I had read an interview with Steven Moffat earlier, where he stated that they did "the thing" in this one that they'd always wanted to do, and that we'd know what it was when we saw it. At first I thought it was making Mycroft fat, as he was in the stories, but then wondered if it was having Sherlock say "Elementary" at the end?

And is Sherlock foreshadowing Mycroft's death here? Does he know that something is going to happen to his brother? He was pretty specific in his mind palace about Mycroft dying, and then the way Mycroft begged John to look after Sherlock made me wonder if Mycroft himself knew he wasn't going to be around for too much longer.

When Sherlock threw himself off the Reichenbach Falls, I must admit I was hoping he'd wake up and find that the whole of HLV was actually a drug-fuelled dream. *g*

And Molly! *squee*.

Moriarty was as deliciously creepy as ever - licking the dead skin cells off his fingers - I think Sherlock's mind palace needs a good dusting.

Did anyone else find it a wee bit melancholy that Lestrade and Mycroft went along with Sherlock's mad plan to exhume the bride, while John took himself (and Mary) back home? Even in his mind palace Sherlock expects John to desert him.

Before the movie started, we had a guided tour of 221B hosted by Steven Moffat, who pointed out the not-quite-differences in the flat decor (bison skull with headphones supplanted by a deer head with an ear trumpet for example). Did they play that on the tv as well?

I'm sure there are other parts I'd like to discuss, and I know I'll pick up more on the second time around, but these are the things that made the biggest impressions on me the first time around.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on January 2nd, 2016 03:09 pm (UTC)
I wasn't excited about the return to Victorian England but BAM my attitude changed in a flash. The script writing is genius. Moriarty is so demonic, he's a marvel to watch. And John coming in at the falls! I was gripping the arms of my chair. My eyes were tearing up. And my hubs was scratching his head. He just doesn't GET IT! Thank goodness for fangirls.

Edited at 2016-01-02 03:10 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Sherlock Keep calm and trust sherlockmiwahni on January 2nd, 2016 03:28 pm (UTC)
I wasn't excited about the return to Victorian England... I wasn't, at first, but by the time that tickets were available I'd reached the point that it could have been set on the moon and I'd still have wanted to see it. Just so tired of waiting that I'd take any little bone they wanted to throw to me. And oh god, what if I hadn't gone, and then got on tumblr and seen all the pics and the meta that's already emerging - I'd have been so furious and disappointed.

Yes thank goodness for fangirls indeed. I went with my sister and her husband, and my best friend. Everyone enjoyed it but I think I was the only one actually bouncing. *g* I am so looking forward to reading everyone else's opinions of it.
Spencer's Journal: pic#125164780spencer5460 on January 2nd, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC)
I watched on public television at home but was texting some fangirl friends throughout. It was a blast!
miwahni: Sherlock Sheet and Johnmiwahni on January 3rd, 2016 04:38 am (UTC)
That would have ramped up the enjoyment immensely!
byslantedlight: Magic-OnceUponATime(OhSweetWitchery)byslantedlight on January 2nd, 2016 08:04 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it fab! I'm rather jealous of you seeing it on a big screen too, that would have been great!

So much to think about in the ep too - I really need to watch it again with various things in mind, because I tend to just sit back and enjoy things first time round, without worrying about what fits where...

I did like it turning out to be Sherlock's mind palace we were in, which presumably means that virtually everything we saw could/have extra meaning... John leaving him because he chose Mary (but Lestrade and Mycroft staying with him!), seeing Molly as just another bloke who gets on with her job, oh, and Mycroft's eating... because he gets everything that he wants? But Sherlock doesn't mind really, because he knows that indulgence will kill you in the end? But so does Mycroft know that, and chooses it anyway, so...?

I sometimes think Moriarty is a bit too overdone... but then I guess he has to keep up with our Sherlock. *g*

There might have been some sort of behind-the-scenes Sherlock on one of the other BBC channels, but I didn't look for anything, and it didn't come on with the show - maybe it was just for you lucky cinema-people!
miwahni: Sherlock Buckpalace gigglemiwahni on January 3rd, 2016 04:43 am (UTC)
It was quite an experience seeing it on the big screen. And yes, I'll have to watch it again (and again!) to pick up on all the bits that would have sailed past me first time round, and to straighten out the timelines in my head.

I wonder if Mycroft's eating is Sherlock's way of trying to make himself feel superior to his brother in one respect at least.

I think Moriarty had to be overdone in this ep, because he's Sherlock's mind palace version and we all know what a drama queen Sherlock can be *g*.

There was another behind-the-scenes after the show, where Mark and Steven were interviewing the main actors and each other; I'm sure that will end up on the dvd, along with the walk through 221B.

(edited - twice- to fix the were / where issue )

Edited at 2016-01-03 04:44 am (UTC)
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPA WATSONdraycevixen on January 2nd, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
Congrats on getting your sound system to work.

I enjoyed Kingsman a lot more too, the MFU film felt too much like it was setting itself up for sequels... which it's not going to get because it didn't make any money. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Spy as we'd originally ruled it out on the basis of the terrible telly adverts for it.

I enjoyed the Sherlock special but not as much as I thought I would.
miwahni: Sherlock John eatingmiwahni on January 3rd, 2016 04:46 am (UTC)
I guess I'm lucky that I didn't see any telly ads for Spy, only a trailer on your LJ which piqued my interest. And if I can get the sound working again, I'll watch it tonight.

I enjoyed the Sherlock special so much more than I thought I would, because I sincerely had no clue about the plot twist. That was such a thrill!