Monday, January 2, 2012
Sherlock vs. Sherlock Holmes
I'd rather have them in theaters watching Sherlock Holmes in disguise wearing a bonnet and lipstick than seeing a carefully filmed naked woman parade in front of Sherlock and make not only Watson but the audience uncomfortable.
No major spoilers within, just my brief mention of disappointments and personal warnings.
I believe my sister may be right, after all. Sherlock Holmes is different from any other version. We've seen the perfect and pristine Holmes. Jeremy Brett is my overall favorite of the classic Holmes because I think he epitomized the character. He became Holmes, as it were. The world doesn't need another perfect Holmes. Which is why Robert Downey Jr. is almost a breath of fresh air to the Holmes industry. The movies are weird and quirky and downright bizarre. But they don't really leave me with that uncomfortable sensation in the pit of my stomach that Sherlock gave me tonight.
To prevent giving away too much for those who won't see the episodes for months, I will only say that Irene's characterization proved a highly sexual one and a disappointment. She paraded nude in front of Sherlock and John and was about as far from the original writings of Arthur Conan Doyle as one could get. She became shameful and shameless instead of a wronged woman. For Sherlock to hold any admiration for such a woman upsets me immensely. I thought better of him. He's imperfect, as we all know, which makes him intriguing. But by changing the very basis of Irene's nature, you change the reason why Sherlock admired her in the first place. She was clever and wise and it was that cleverness, her mind, that gained Holmes' admiration. Irene was brilliant and in every way THE woman. This Irene doesn't even come close.
Of the two new Holmes options out there, I'm casting my vote at the moment for the new film. Sherlock frankly disappointed me tonight. Don't get me wrong, I love Sherlock's actors! Benedict Cumberpatch is exquisite in the role of Holmes and Martin Freeman won me over before 15 minutes had elapsed into the 1st season. I like them more than Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law for they fit the ideal characterizations. If only the series hadn't degraded itself to such perverse sexual levels. I'm holding out hope that Irene doesn't return and that I can fully enjoy the rest of the season. With only 2 episodes left, I hope the writers have made better use of their time and skill than the waste of A Scandal in Belgravia.