Preview of Guy Ritchie "Holmes" movie
As soon as I read in the initial press release for this film that they intended to, "put more emphasis on the action/adventure elements of the original stories," I realised I couldn't wait to see the many exciting fistfights, carriage chases, shootouts, martial arts battles and people running away from explosions in slow motion from Conan Doyle's original stories finally realised on the big screen!
Imagine my excitement when they hired Guy Ritchie to direct it! A man who gave us all the glorious sub-genre that is the, "Modern, Cockney Gangster Flick," that I have always loved so much, holding it in my heart just above films about talking animals that can play sports! A man who, in an eleven year career has managed to produce one successful film..... Eleven years ago! Yes, he has managed to produce some of the most worthless dreck ("Swept Away," "Revolver") since but you know.... He obviously wasn't really trying, what with being too busy getting over having to wake up next to Madonna every morning! Who better to bring The Great Detective to the silver screen once more?!
And who better to play the man himself than Robert Downey, Jr? A terrific actor, a mix of leading man and character actor who suddenly finds himself a box office draw thanks to, "Iron Man." A man who seemingly, if the trailer is anything to go by, believes an English accent is what Patrick McGoohan (by way of Dick Van Dyke) spoke with.
Jude Law as Watson? Genuis! How I've loved him in..... errrr..... STUFF! And Mark Strong as Moriar... sorry... Lord Blackwood? A man whose cinematic output is only eclipsed by whatever insanely innapropriate wig the make-up department attempts to staple to his head! Then the wonderful way the managed to cast Rachel McAdams so that Irene Adler can finally be portrayed the way Conan Doyle intended her to be, as an 18 year old member of the Pussycat Dolls! A masterstroke if ever there was one!
And then that trailer! Oh my word! Finally! There on the big screen! The slapstick humour I have always loved in the original stories! How thrilled I was as that classic scene, I forget which story it comes from, where Irene Adler strips off down to her sexy undies, kicks Holmes in the nuts then leaves him cuffed naked to a bed was finally brought to celluloid at last! Along with the explosions, slow motion fights and martial arts that always made my pulse race whenever I read them! I can hardly wait til Christmas now!
Seriously now, I love the Holmes stories, I love the characters, but I'm not a finger wagging type fan who feels the need to preface everything they say about the subject with phrases like, "I think you'll find....." I have no problem with writers and film makers changing things, putting an new spin to them. And Holmes has been around so long that no end of that type of thing has gone on already, everyone and his cat has had a go at doing it. I enjoy it when they do, especially when it's original, clever, entertaining, etc. I still love the original stories, nothing anyone does spoils that or the things that people have done since with Conan Doyle's original creations that I enjoy too. But that trailer..... Oh dear..... If they were doing all that kind of stuff with it and it actually looked good, then I could probably go with it but that....? That just looks.... awful! And why bother to adapt something if you're going to change it that much (and yes, I know it's based on a comic book, not the original stories.... but the comic book is!). If your opinion is, as the producers would seem to think, that your average cinema goer (i.e. 15-25) doesn't know who Sherlock Holmes is anyway therefore you need to give them the type of hero they expect in a film, to create a, "modern hero for a new franchise," why bother even using Holmes in the first place? Why not adapt one of the Victorian pulp fiction heroes that actually does all that stuff? Or, here's a shocking idea, actually create one of your own?!
I can honestly say my heart sank as I watched that trailer. It was like watching someone you love getting happy-slapped repeatedly for two minutes on YouTube.