Benedict or Robert Downey – Who is the better Sherlock?
2 Super hero v/s just a detective
The TV series Sherlock was not just a consulting detective; he was portrayed more like a superhero with the superpower of his wits. In the movies, we saw a detective who was wise yet struggling many times to deliver.
This made RDJ a more relatable Sherlock, but Cumberbatch a more powerful character. Cumberbatch made us feel for Sherlock!
The movie’s Sherlock was smart, he could calculate the moves and the counter-moves well in advance. Remember that fight sequence?! But the TV show’s Sherlock was ahead here too. Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes was a walking human decoder, who could look at you and tell your deepest secrets with his ability to make words float (like how did he do that?).
3 Sherlock Holmes as a person insight
Another big difference was how the movies failed to explore the emotional aspect of Sherlock Holmes. Fans know that Holmes is a practical and observing man, but is there is a scope for emotion too? The BBC series explored this so called “high functioning sociopath”, and fans got an insight on why Sherlock is the man he is! As revealed in the last season of the show, Sherlock was quite an emotional baggage, with merely the defense of sharpness. We realized Sherlock is not a psychopath or a sociopath at all, instead he is a little cupcake who melts at the sight of trouble on his loved ones; and well the speech he gave at his best friend, John’s wedding…awe! Sometimes Sherlock was sugar, and other times bitter truth.
The main character struggling through his expression of emotions was quite a journey. The TV show gets an edge for bringing that to screen, but we must consider that a movie has a bigger time restraint than an episodic plot. Afterall, you can’t really express every tiny bit in 3 hours that you can over 4 seasons.