Communion Of Dreams

. . . and I don’t think I’ll see this movie.
July 23, 2009, 6:20 pm
Filed under: Failure, Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling, movies, Steampunk

Went to see the new Harry Potter movie last night (which I enjoyed), and of course had to sit through about six days worth of “Previews of Coming Attractions” (which I didn’t). In amongst the usual eminently forgettable fare they were threatening us with was one particular movie that sent a chill up my spine.

No, it wasn’t a horror flick, though it certainly looks to be pretty horrible. It was Sherlock Holmes.

Good lord, they’ve tried to turn him into an “action hero”.

Now, granted, Holmes was able to take care of himself in a fight. Sir Arthur specified this in the books & stories. He was capable with sword, walking stick, and his fists. And most of those play their part in his lore.

But this preview wanted to portray him as some steampunk version of Batman. All that was lacking was a mask and cape.

Methinks the writers (there are four of them – never an encouraging sign for a movie) heard that Robert Downey Jr was to be in the role and thought that they had to somehow connect the story to Iron Man. And no, according to the ImDB, the screenplay is not based on any of the actual works of Conan Doyle. This is what can happen when fictional characters pass into the realm of the “public domain”.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

Jim Downey

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OhhhKay-how about this?
What IS your favorite Holmes movie? Any/all allowed.

Comment by Gerhardt

Well, maybe something, you know, actually BASED ON THE BOOKS & STORIES, rather than just the generalized character.

The Granada Television adaptations with Jeremy Brett were quite good.

Jim D.

Comment by James Downey

I saw that preview last night at the beginning of “HP” also (which we noted actually began at 7:17pm for an announced 7:00pm show) and my comment to my seatmate was “Sherlock Holmes for the ‘Matrix’ and ‘X-Men’ generation.” Sheesh!

Gerhardt, as an old movie fan I thought the series with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce was quite enjoyable. I think some were books-based and others combined elements from a book for something “new.” I think a few of these occurred during WWII and were a thinly-veiled slant against the Nazis.

Not at all a proper Sherlock Holmes movie, “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother” is a fun viewing if you suspend everything except enjoyment of the actors doing silly characters.

Comment by ML

Didn’t you see the subtitle? “Sherlock Holmes: Bigger, Louder, Dumber” I’m sure that’s what it read …

Comment by Steve Tuck

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