January 14th, 2012

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - A very belated review

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Subtitled: Raks eats her Deerstalker!

I finally - very very very - belatedly went to see this tonight in recognition of Guy Ritchie getting us the story on South Today re the Undershaw Alliance.

And ... I liked it! There was more than enough Canon and genius in there to keep any Sherlockian or Holmesian happy. As a result, I will now eat my deerstalker - the one that you all saw me wearing on TV!

What I loved:

- Numerous Canonical References
- The friendship and love between Holmes and Watson
- Jude Law, as Watson, was truly excellent. I just loved his playing of the role and it was perfectly in keeping with the Watson of my imagination. Jude, like Mr Scott, is a bit of a genius and is always brilliant in anything he does
- Colonel Sebastian Moran - he was the epitome of pure evil and was excellent
- The humour in the film. It was very funny (I laughed out loud several times) and there were some great one liners
- Mycroft calling Sherlock "Sherly"; that was a real treat!
- The fact that it was, most definitely, an adventure
- The Victoriana - I am a sucker for that!
- The big budget and the millions they had to make the film. You could see it in the locations, the sets, the costumes, and critically, the effects, which were genius. The film was a feast for the eyes
- The ending. Holmes and Moriarty, locked in combat and in eachother's arms, falling off the ledge and down into the heart of the Waterfall. Beautiful and breathtaking and just what I expected and wanted
- The fact that in this version, you don't have to wait years for Holmes's return; just a few minutes and there he is, alive and well, and back in Watson's study
- Watson typing "The End". And Holmes adding a question mark - ? What further adventures, if any, will they have together?
- My favourite line referred to the fact that travelling in a motorcar was a bit conspicuous. "It's so overt, it's covert." This really chimes with the multiple references in Sherlock to hiding in plain sight

What I didn't like:

- This is always the key problem with the Guy Ritchie films for me. I cannot accept RDJ as Holmes. I just do not believe that he has a genius mind, or that he is super intelligent, or that he can outwit people. The playing of it is all wrong. RDJ does not do any of the physical traits that are in Canon that Benedict does so well. RDJ does not have the face or the physique for Holmes. And, last but not least, Holmes should be an English gentleman (Benedict nails this!); RDJ just looks and acts like a thug
- Holmes's thought process and the deductions were hard to follow and clumsy. Compared to the clarity and quickness and sheer genius of the deductions in Sherlock they were a bit not good

However, what I will say is that, overall, I enjoyed the film and there is more than enough to it to keep any Sherlockian or Holmesian happy. This film is also much better seen on the big screen not at home so catch it before it leaves cinemas for good!

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RIP Sherlock and Jim? smashes all Box Office records at The Umbrella Organisation

This is now happening with increasing regularity. We have a new winner for the post that has received the most hits this com has ever had in one day and it is ... RIP Sherlock and Jim?

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There was no story, just a Canon quotation and a promo for Sherlock. Sherlock and Canon win every time!

The winning post is here:
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The Final Problem: The Ending

Canon and Sherlock were the winning combination yesterday so that is what I am running with today as well. Yesterday I ran the beginning of The Final Problem. Today I am running the ending.

This is how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty, in The Final Problem, which was meant to be the last Sherlock Holmes adventure ever. Conan Doyle had no intention of ever writing another Sherlock Holmes story. Things turned out differently!

The Death of Sherlock Holmes by Sidney Paget
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A few words may suffice to tell the little that remains. An examination by experts leaves little doubt that a personal contest between the two men ended, as it could hardly fail to end in such a situation, in their reeling over, locked in each other's arms. Any attempt at recovering the bodies was absolutely hopeless, and there, deep down in that dreadful caldron of swirling water and seething foam, will lie for all time the most dangerous criminal and the foremost champion of the law of their generation. The Swiss youth was never found again, and there can be no doubt that he was one of the numerous agents whom Moriarty kept in this employ. As to the gang, it will be within the memory of the public how completely the evidence which Holmes had accumulated exposed their organization, and how heavily the hand of the dead man weighted upon them. Of their terrible chief few details came out during the proceedings, and if I have now been compelled to make a clear statement of his career it is due to those injudicious champions who have endeavored to clear his memory by attacks upon him whom I shall ever regard as the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known.

- The Final Problem, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The final scene at the Waterfall is faithfully recreated in the Guy Ritchie film, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and most of the Canonical text above is used in the film. This is not going to be the case with Sherlock. Even more reason then to remind people of the original story.

What really happens at the end?
Watch the final episode of Sherlock Series 2 to find out - 9pm, BBC1, Sunday 15 January.

The Reichenbach Fall
The return of Moriarty. The crime of the century. Can Sherlock possibly survive?

Jim Moriarty, Sherlock's arch-enemy
The image above scares the life out of me or, should I say, burns the heart out of me!
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For non-Sherlockians and non-Holmesians, Sherlock Series 2, Episode 3, The Reichenbach Fall, will be based on the Canon story, The Final Problem.
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Coming Soon: This Means War, starring Tom Hardy

Just for a second, to change the topic away from Sherlock Holmes ...

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I am a HUGE Tom Hardy fan. I have seen the trailer for this in the cinema. I am so up for this. Bring it on!

You can watch the trailer for yourself here:
You will see what I mean. This film has it all. This film has got it going on!
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Watch out Sherlock: Someone is coming to get you!

No prizes for guessing who!

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Jim has broken into 221B and left a special message for Sherlock. Follow the link (featuring Andrew scott's voice!):

The return of Jim and Andrew Scott.
1 day and counting.

Cut and pasted from the BBC Sherlock website:

The Reichenbach Fall

The return of Moriarty. The crime of the century. Can Sherlock possibly survive?

James Moriarty possesses the greatest criminal mind that the world has ever seen. Sherlock and John knew he wouldn't stay hidden for long. But even they never guessed the sheer scale and audacity of the crime that would propel Moriarty back into the headlines. The crime of the century. The Tower of London, the Bank of England and Pentonville prison - all sprung open on the same day, as if by magic! But Moriarty's plans don't stop there...

Sherlock and John lock horns with their old enemy in one final problem that tests loyalty and courage to their very limits. Sherlock must fight for his reputation, his sanity and his life. But is he all he claims to be?
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Sherlock: His Genius Mind and His Occupation (Unofficial Consulting Detective)

Photo courtesy of The Sun newspaper.

He did not seem offended. On the contrary, he put his finger- tips together and leaned his elbows on the arms of his chair, like one who has a relish for conversation.

"My mind," he said, "rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession,--or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world."

"The only unofficial detective?" I said, raising my eyebrows.

"The only unofficial consulting detective," he answered. "I am the last and highest court of appeal in detection. When Gregson or Lestrade or Athelney Jones are out of their depths--which, by the way, is their normal state--the matter is laid before me. I examine the data, as an expert, and pronounce a specialist's opinion. I claim no credit in such cases. My name figures in no newspaper. The work itself, the pleasure of finding a field for my peculiar powers, is my highest reward."

- The Sign of the Four