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Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie, 2009) January 15, 2010

Posted by Richard Bolisay in Hollywood, Literature.
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Directed by Guy Ritchie
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong
Based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters and stories

I’m sure whatever it is that I don’t get in the film is in the books, which I haven’t read, but the closest I have managed to relate to Sherlock Homes is through House—yes, House, the medical drama—so I was still able to follow at least. House as Holmes and Wilson, of course, as Watson; and Moriarty shooting House at the end of season two will probably be coming in the film’s sequel. The wordplay is intentional as much as the allusion is, not to mention how both characters interact and deal with each other, Holmes and Watson apparently engaged in bromance decades before the word is coined, even before they are aware that such relationship will be an important stuff of TV sociology as it is right now. The homosocial intimacy is part of the appeal of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, to the point that Adler may not have existed and it wouldn’t hurt the story that much. It may not be faithful to the text, but who cares? Holmes mentions, Crime is common but logic is rare, and Guy Ritchie prefers the former, the text intact and the execution almost as we have imagined, but is still lacking because the logic is not chosen as priority. Interesting is when Holmes ponder his actions before doing it— like a bullet reflecting on its direction before hitting the target—and Downey just has it, his eyes are always lovely to look at. But as he proves his point to Lord Blackwood, There was never any magic! Right, there was never any in the film.

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