Monday, February 27, 2012

A Game of Shadows

What is it about Sherlock Holmes that is so enduring? I've been in love with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved Sherlock and Watson since I was about ten years old. This past week I went to see the latest Sherlock movie, A Game of Shadows and I loved it. I would have liked more romance to balance out the action, but it was still great and I'm coming around to like Robert Downey, Jr. as a different type of Sherlock, I had trouble with that in the first one with Downey, but he seems to have captured Sherlock's intellect and shrewdness in this one and I like it. Jude Law is great as ever as Watson.

Professor Moriarity played by Jared Harris is an excellent villain.

Here's a link about Doyle's Biography A paragraph on this site reveals a lot and so much I didn't know: " The young medical student met a number of future authors who were also attending the university, such as for instance James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson. But the man who most impressed and influenced him, was without a doubt, one of his teachers, Dr. Joseph Bell. The good doctor was a master at observation, logic, deduction, and diagnosis. All these qualities were later to be found in the persona of the celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes."

Also, I think he solved a dilemma that many of us struggle with. I wish it was this easy for me. He had a serious bout with the flu that nearly killed him. "When his health improved, he came to realize how foolish he had been trying to combine a medical career with a literary one. "With a wild rush of joy," he decided to abandon his medical career. He added, "I remember in my delight taking the handkerchief which lay upon the coverlet in my enfeebled hand, and tossing it up to the ceiling in my exultation. I should at last be my own master."

I love a great mystery. Is this what makes the team of Sherlock and Watson so enduring and endearing? This team goes on and on . . . why is that? 

My very favorite Sherlock Holmes book and movie was and is, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Do you have a favorite? Are you a fan of a different type of mystery?


DRC said...

I liked a Game of Shadows too. Because I wasn't brought up with Sherlock, I have no real problems with Robert Downey Jr playing part.

Having said that, have you ever heard of/watched the UK modern version called Sherlock? It's still sherlock as we love him but set in modern day london. I love that TV series, and I think it's a new take on the story that works really well.

Jillian Kent said...

Hi DRC,thanks for stopping by today.
I have seen the new UK version and I love it! There's just something wonderful about mystery. I think I may be a latent mystery writer. :) It's probably all those Nancy Drew novels I read as a kid as well. I wonder if UK kids read Nancy Drew?
Have an awesome day.

Bruce Hennigan said...

I am blown away by the BBC version of Sherlock with that Cumberbatch actor and Martin Freedman. I have watched the first season episodes three times each (there are only 3 and are available on Netflix). And, I managed to watch this seasons three episodes thanks to my daughter having a friend in London who sent us the links for the downloads.
What an awesome show. The episodes capture Sherlock's personality from the books and sets him and Watson in a modern day setting. The writing is SO smart and I am very envious of the fantastic story development.
Check it out!
I am Sherlocked!

Jillian Kent said...

Sounds like we need a Sherlockian party. I'll watch all and everything Sherlock. I can tell you are hooked! :) Isn't it great?

buddy2blogger said...

My favorite novels are "The Valley of Fear" and "The Hound of Baskervilles". My favorite short story is "The Silver Blaze".

I like Agatha Christie mysteries with Poirot. But Poirot is a distant second... Holmes is my all time favorite detective/fictional character of all time :)

Happy to meet a fellow Sherlockian!

Jillian Kent said...

Hey there buddy2blogger,
You obviously have excellent taste. Always nice to meet a fellow Sherlockian. Thanks for stopping by.