As a seventh grader I always had my nose in my musty, leatherbound, Complete Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I tried writing my own Holmes-esque capers and my first email address was holmes25, hotmail style. I wanted to marry a guy with the last name Holmes so I could name my kid Mycroft, and I had all the Basil Rathbone black and white movies on VHS.
Soâ€¦now that you know what a nerd I was (am), you can imagine my delight when Sherlock started to get cool. Iâ€™m like a hipness pioneer, fifteen years ahead of the curve on that one! I think Robert Downey Jr. makes everything he touches solid cool, but Sherlock Holmes is the perfect vessel in which to pour a generous dose of RDJ eccentricity, charm and animation. I love the fast paced inner monologues where Sherlock is punching the guy in slow motion, deducing exactly what the opponentâ€™s reaction will be and how to block it. I appreciate how director Guy Ritchie flits the camera shot around the room from clue to clue, illustrating how thorough yet quick Holmes is at cataloguing a crime scene, and oh, I love Robert Downey Jr. Heâ€™s quite handsome in that slightly frazzled, erratic, crazy-eyed way, as Holmes.
While the big screen version of Holmesâ€™ escapades is a suspenseful and stylized delight, the BBCâ€™s Sherlock delves much more into the cynical intricacies of Holmesâ€™ anti-social, Asbergers-esque habits. Benedict Cumberbatch is the perfect mix of witty and aloofâ€”he is simultaneously arrogant and likeable. I particularly enjoy the direction in this series that highlights just how eccentric Holmes is. He get whiny when heâ€™s bored, heâ€™s addicted to drugs, hasnâ€™t the faintest interest in the women who fancy him and is a downright jerk to anyone beneath his intellectual altitude (everyone). Additionally, I think the present day twist and the modern crime-solving tech that comes with it is one that has been long awaited by most Holmes fans.
Finally, I cannot express how excited I am for the upcoming Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Back to RDJ and Jude Law as Sherlock and Watson, this flick hits theaters in December. You bet your boots Iâ€™ll be first in line! Sherlockâ€™s older brother Mycroft will make an appearance and word on the street is Irene Adler will pop back into Holmesâ€™ escapades (and heart) once more. The plot is to loosely follow the vein of Conan Doyleâ€™s â€śThe Final Problemâ€ť so we can expect a scintillating power struggle between the wits-matched Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Is it wrong to hope for a dramatic baritsu brawl, waterfall-side? I donâ€™t want to spoil the ending for anyone whoâ€™s not familiar, but if youâ€™re the zealous fan I am, youâ€™ll know what a killer ending and perfect cliff-hanger (wink, wink, nod, nod) it would be!
The Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street (221b, to be exact) in London is the perfect venue to stalk your favorite consulting detective as if he really existed. The rooms are set up as exhibits displaying moment from his famous adventures and all the appropriate trimmings can be found in his study, from the pipe to his violin. It’s cheap, it’s delightfully faux-historical and it will hold you over til the movie premiers!
Or, once you’ve read “The Final Problem”, book your luxury hotel in Meiringen, Switzerland, to beat the inevitable pilgrimage to Reichenbach Falls where dozens, if not hundreds of (hip, cool) Sherlockians like myself will be paying tribute to the brilliant, albeit fictional sleuth. Excellent Hotels has guaranteed low rates and is standing by to assist you with your booking 24/7, just call us at 1-877-444-2222.
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