Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Sherlock Holmes, steampunk genius

Let me precis this by first stating that I am not a fan of Guy Ritchie's films. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was a tired retread of much better 1970s gangster films, and lacked originality, artistic quality, decent script, and, even worse, foistered the unwelcome visage of Vinnie Jones upon us, blinking into the magical light which cinema should be. Mr Ritchie's works since have failed to capture even the faux celebre which his first film achieved.

However, his latest directorial endeavour may yet change my mind. Sherlock Holmes may not be due for release until Christmas Day 2009, but it provides a means for the (re)birth of Mr Ritchie's directorial ambitions. Not only this, it seeks to continue the reintegration of Mr Robert Downey Jr into polite society following his performance in Iron Man.

The new interpretation of Mr Holmes is a far cry from that of the brilliant and lamented Mr Jeremy Brett. Mr Brett's interpretation was intergrally based upon the original Conan Doyle stories, with Holmes depicted as a manic-depressive, drug-addicted genius. The new Holmes is all action, dynamic, and bursting with energy, but still grounded in the pugilistic, fencing, and science investigative character of the original. Jude Law's interpretation of Watson is more akin to the original character than previous interpretations, which have seen him as a bungling side-kick, prone to errors, and unable to follow Holmes's trains of thought. Watson, remember, was a soldier, an army surgeon who had seen action in Afghanistan, and an intelligent man who completed his own investigations with Holmes.

For steampunks, the reimagining of Holmes provides the chance to see him with alternative technologies, an early 'utility' belt, and using an early electrical 'taser'. The trailer may be viewed on the Warner Bros. site, or below.

1 comment:

  1. Went to see the film today with my wifeand we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Did pick up on the taser and utility belt which I coverted and was rather interested in the poisons and chemicals used to move the story on. Very good CGI of places in London we know so well.