Damn, for the first time in a while on this board I'm excited about a movie's release. Not the long-nosed, cap-wearing Basil Rathbone-type Holmes I've grown up to love, but I'm liking what I see none-the-less. I mean, it's got a great cast and an exciting director.
With Downy and Law as the stars, this will arguably be the gayest Sherlock Holmes in history. In his native tongue Downy always comes across as a bit flamboyant. With an English accent he'll be flaming in his knickers. I'm sure Ritchie will provide the testosterone.
My personal secret hope is that this drives down the cost of the DVD sets of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the ridiculously awesome British series from the eighties that boasts Jeremy Brett as Holmes. Brett was the greatest and best Sherlock Holmes of all time.
Otherwise, I'm pretty ambivalent to all this. I guess it's sluttier? More violent? So that's good?
ben c wrote:keep in mind, the deerstalker cap etc wasn't set in stone as holmes's look until well after the books came out.
Ben, Sidney Paget added the deerstalker to Holmes' look when he illustrated the original stories in The Strand. A deerstalker was the type of hat you'd wear going to the countryside, which is when Paget had him wear it. Otherwise, he was in a top hat or nothing at all. (In my recollection.)
"holmes" research was invaluable when
i did "dracula". (then again, so was "the
importance of being ernest".)
i have nothing against the "continuity"
look, i just think it's so easy for people
to forget how many things evolve in the
growth of these sorts of characters.
i think i've been warped by all the
adaptations i've been doing in recent
years -- even WW!
I'm a strictly Basil Rathbone type fellow. Basil IS sherlock.
However i like Robert Downey Junior as an actor... Jude law is a wee bit
of a hump but i think this looks pretty good... me and my dad will be having a peek for sure
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