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Old 01-28-2012, 03:49 PM
 
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I just saw the current Sherlock Holmes movie (A Game of Shadows, with Robert Downey Jr.), and apart from whether the movies are good or bad as movies, I find them really irritating as transpositions of book to screen. There are all kinds of small things that bother me, but the single biggest annoyance is how grandiosely violent the movies are. If you've read some Holmes, what do you think? Unfortunately, I've never seen the earlier incarnation with Basil Rathbone.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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My favorite on-screen portrayal of Sherlock Holmes is/was Jeremy Brett.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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My husband and I are now addicted to the new BBC version starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
The movies with Robert Downey are entertaining, imo, but more action packed.
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:18 AM
 
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Jeremy Brett IMO was the incarnation of Holmes as imagined by Conan Doyle. A Perfect incarnation of such a famous character. Basil Rathbone was excellent too , very cerebral but did not possess the stillness and darkness which haunts Holmes and which Brett captured so well.

Robert Downey Jr to me is about a trillion miles away from Sherlock and the CGI overload is just ridiculous. The movies are made to look more like Martial Arts Action Films than the Gothic Masterpieces the stories are. It is as though the scriptwriters have never even read the books. The last movie in particular was abysmal beyond belief. I was bored silly and a young guy next to me was actually fast asleep ( and snoring) during a major Explosion/gun battle.


I saw Roger Llwellyn on the stage in a one man show about Holmes and he was astonishing capturing the essence of the man so beautifully.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role beautifully well and I do enjoy the series "Sherlock" BUT because of its modern transposition you lose once again that Gothic feel of Victorian London and England which is in itself a character of the books. I think Cumberbatch could make an outstanding "orthodox" Holmes though.

I adore the books and was reading them avidly from about the age of 10.
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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I remember reading that Jeremy Brett was very vocal about keeping the stories in his series true to actual Holmes stories. He couldn't understand why the writers kept wanting to add all of this extraneous plot, when the stories were good as written.

I thought the first RDJr Sherlock Holmes movie was fun, but it had nothing to do with Doyle's Holmes at all. Making Irene Adler an actual romance showed that the writers didn't understand the character at all.
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:56 PM
 
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I was glad that in the RDJr film they didn't make Dr. Watson a bumbling nitwit sidekick, but other than that I felt the movie didn't "feel" like a Doyle story. I still enjoyed it, though. (I haven't seen the second one)
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:49 PM
 
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People, I was talking about the movies, not television!
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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People, I was talking about the movies, not television!
Ok, how about I adore Basil Rathbone...first Sherlock Holmes I remember
seeing, something about him made him the perfect Sherlock.....
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:30 PM
 
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I have to admit that I like the new Sherlock Holmes movies...although the first one threw me because I was expecting more of a cerebral experience, like the books. But I can enjoy both
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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I haven't seen the new Downey films. Nothing against them. I just haven't gotten round to it yet.

I LOVE the BBC series with Jeremy Brett. Filmwise, it is undoubtedly the best portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle's version of Holmes.

But I really liked BBC's new Sherlock as well. We have yet to see Series 2 here in the USA, but I loved Series 1. It managed to do something that not even Doyle himself ever managed to do: It made Watson interesting. Watson has always been likeable and sympathetic, but I never found him all that interesting, even in the original stories. He's there to show Holmes's brilliance, which he does. But he is never interesting in himself. But Watson in Sherlock is just as interesting as Holmes himself.
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