Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sherlock Holmes/Again

I was a fan of Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes.   In the 1950s he and Nigel Bruce defined the Conan Doyle characters in a number of black and white movies.  A couple of years ago, Robert Downey and Jude Law tried to redefine the characters into a more modern version (interestingly by going back in time from the period that the Rathbone/Bruce versions used - contemporary to when the stories were written.)  From my view, they did a marvelous job by not trying to recreate the prior performance.  The first movie (Sherlock Holmes, 2009) was great fun.

I looked forward to the sequel.  And again I was delighted with the results.  Many of the first themes are readopted and the rhythms of the first movie are recreated without trying to extend the first movie.  The plot is fun and engaging.  I cannot wait for the third version.

1 comment:

eveningson said...

Amazing versions these. I have read all of holmes and now am chewing on the modern writers mimicking conan doyle. i.e. house of silk. The audio version of this story is worth a listen.