Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Sherlock Holmes

This movie might be fun, I don't know (set for release on Christmas day), but it looks more like a typical Hollywood bastardization. And yeah, I'm aware it's "based" on a comic book, but I have to ask, what was the comic book based on? As one site puts it, it's based on an original story/comic book by Lionel Wigram. "Original" story? What happened to Conan Doyle? If I'm not mistaken, it was the Edinburgh native that created the character of Holmes.

Is this a new Holmes for the 21st century?

Will there be sequels, and if so, will the Baker Street Irregulars be appeased or appalled by future entries in the series?

Really, as long as a new Sherlock is being presented, why not go all the way with the makeover?

For my tenth birthday I asked my dad for a hardcover copy of the collected Holmes stories. I still remember my disappointment when I didn't receive it (Dad had said that he couldn't find the book) and so he gave me a book of illustrated stories based on Disney feature films and shorts in its place. I still have that book, but I so wanted the Arthur Conan Doyle volume instead. I can't say it was one of the great disappointments of my life, but if my life had only been ten years long, it would have been.

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