Moriarty: The Devil’s Game Review

By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

This review is spoiler-free.

Synopsis:

Audible’s bold new addition to the Sherlock Holmes universe, Moriarty: The Devil’s Game, dares to ask: What if Holmes’ most villainous nemesis was actually an innocent man?

Moriarty: The Devil’s Game turns one of literature’s most famous rivalries on its head, recasting Professor James Moriarty as a desperate fugitive framed for murder and hunted by dark forces who will stop at nothing to exploit his brilliance.

The series is created and written by Charles Kindinger (Kill Switch) and Kindinger does an outstanding job of flipping the script when it comes to the world of Sherlock Holmes and its characters – yet still doing all the characters justice! The story is gripping and exciting, written with plenty of wit, ending each episode on a tantalising stinger ensuring you’ll fly through the episodes with ease!

As for the performances, it’s a positive experience overall! Dominic Monaghan (Professor Moriarty) is outstanding and is wonderfully supported by Billy Boyd (Colonel Sebastian Moran), with the pair’s stunning chemistry stemming from their real-world friendship. Phil LaMarr (Sherlock Holmes) dons the deerstalker hat and delivers a unique and compelling performance of a Holmes that we rarely ever see! There are also wonderful supporting performances from Lindsay Whisler (Rose Winslow), Josh Robert Thompson (Inspector Lestrade), Carlo Rota (John Clay), Curtis Armstrong (Chief Inspector Gregson), Victoria Smurtfit (Madame Charlotte), and Lindsay Jean Michelle (Additional Voices).

In terms of the production, it’s a mostly positive experience. I’d be interested to know where and how some of this series was recorded, as some of the recorded audio quality dips in some scenes. I’m not sure if it’s a mixing or recording issue or a creative choice, but it’s noticeable when you come across one of these scenes. But, for the most part, the speech and performance come across nice and clear and blend well with the sound effects and music – so just sit back, and enjoy the ride!

Moriarty: The Devil’s Game takes the world of Sherlock Holmes and flips it on its head in imaginative ways and is packed full of great cast performances and a story full of exciting twists and turns lurking around every corner!

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