Last week I borrowed the Sherlock Holmes DVD from the Pinecrest Library in Miami-Dade, Florida. You may have to reserve it, but it is free. Before HDTV, it was always a let down to view a movie at home, but things have changed!
Robert Downey Jr. Nails It!
I am a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes.
I have enjoyed many of the old films with Basil Rathbone acting. (Wikipedia)
Basil Rathbone starred as Sherlock Holmes, alongside Nigel Bruce as Dr Watson, in fourteen US films (two for 20th Century Fox and a dozen for Universal Pictures) from 1939 to 1946, as well as a number of radio plays.
Jeremy Brett gave a more updated interpretation.
Jeremy Brett is generally considered the definitive Holmes, having played the role in four series of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, created by John Hawkesworth for Britain’s Granada Television, from 1984 through to 1994, as well as depicting Holmes on stage. Brett’s Dr Watson was played by David Burke and Edward Hardwicke in the series.
Robert Downey Jr. has had his problems, but yet he is one of the most brilliant actors of our time. Downey broke from the traditional depictions of Holmes, and illuminated his antisocial personality with a superb performance. It didn’t seem like acting - it made me feel like I was there! This was not the stiff performance of a Jeremy Brett!
Contemporary violence is reflected in this old English setting. Nobody left their seats for the action-packed duration of the film - no one said a word till the credits started to roll!
This movie is not for everyone, but this is the topic of my next blog.