Does This Look Like Sherlock Holmes to you?

Sherlock Holmes

Really? I loved reading all the Sherlock Holmes mysteries when I was younger, and thought Jeremy Brett was pretty near perfect as the sleuth. But with Guy “I can’t make a good film” Ritchie behind the wheel and pictures like this, I fear Holmes is not set to make a triumphant return to the screen, but rather it’s another lame effort to try and cash in on something that’s beloved by many (this and this also comes to mind!) and completely ruin it.

I guess part of my problem is that new ideas and stories seem to be in the minority among films nowadays, with the many, many remakes we’ve already had, and remakes of The Karate Kid, Romancing the Stone and Flashdance on the cards, Hollywood feels a little lacking in inspiration right now!

16 thoughts on “Does This Look Like Sherlock Holmes to you?

  1. Jeremy Brett will always be Holmes to me. My six year old and I still watch the re-runs on our local PBS station. I watched them with my dad in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    However, I do like Robert Downey Jr, so I will hold out hope.

  2. I’m looking forward to it. The claims that the film is reaching back to the novels is not as far fetched as it seems. Holmes in the novels is more vigorous and weirder than the popular perception of the older films and tv shows. And I quite like Guy Ritchie’s films.

  3. My husband and I watched a film called On A Clear Day last night, an indie film with a cute story. About 10 minutes in I said, “This is already way better than anything Hollywood puts out.”

    I think Hollywood is just too big. They have to support the machine they’ve created.

  4. Guy Ritchie’s made some great films. I am a Sherlock Holmes fan, though, and no, the picture above doesn’t gel with my perception of him. On the other hand, I think it’s pretty rare that a faithful retelling of a book makes a really good movie.

  5. Well, Holmes was supposed to be a boxer when he was younger. A Study in Scarlett reveals that he was “an expert singlestick player, boxer and swordsman.” So, I guess it isn’t out of the question that he could be more action oriented.But, the stories by Doyle rarely had doing anything like it.

    This movie will probably suck big time. I really think that Holmes is miscast anyway. I think that Jude law (this movies Watson) would make a far superior Holmes, and consequently, Downey would make a better Watson.

  6. I fear this will be another case of an American failing to fill the boots of an English legend. Cf. Robin “Hi, I’m Kevin Costner and I’m not even going to pretend I’m English” Hood.

    Paul Bettany should be playing Holmes.

  7. I like Ian’s idea of the two actors switching places. Downey seems like he’d be a perfect Holmes. After Iron Man I’m willing to give Downey a chance though.

  8. I love Robert Downey Jr., but I confess I’m a Jeremy Brett girl at heart. I’ll see this movie, but I’m going to be comparing it to the Jeremy Brett shows the whole time!

  9. If Hugh Laurie, a fantastic British actor, can play an American doctor based on Holmes, than I think Downey, a great American actor, can play a convincing Holmes.

    Ritchie is more suspect at this point because he’s about four movies removed from anything great. I’m willing to take a flier on this one, though.

  10. Well, Robert Downey Jr. was a great Charles Chaplin, and did a swell English accent (to my Americano ears) in that movie, so I think he’ll be able to pull off the Britishness of Holmes. I hope.

  11. I’d be far more skeptical of the director who only has two good films under his belt (both of the same genre). One horrible film. One so-so film. And one reportedly good, but not as good as his first two. (And also a return to his genre)

    We’ll see if getting rid of Madonna gets him back to form.

  12. Holmes punched out “a slogging ruffian” (IIRC) with his superior gentlemanly boxing skills in one of the stories, so yeah, why not?

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