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Two New SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Posters!

Published at: July 10, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

Nordling here.

At this point, I know very little about the SHERLOCK HOLMES sequel except that Moriarty (Jared Harris) plays a more prominent role this time around, and that Sherlock's brother Mycroft (Stephen Fry) joins in the fun this time. Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, and Eddie Marsan all return to reprise their respective roles from Guy Ritchie's film, and now we have two new posters, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies:

So far I'm enjoying Ritchie's take on the classic characters.  I think Downey and Law have good chemistry together.

Nordling, out.

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  • July 10, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to these...

    by steele8280

    ...funny lookin' scar on Downey Jr though...

  • July 10, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Kind of bland...

    by reddwarfcas

    Looking forward to the movie.

  • July 10, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Why does every movie need "character posters" now?

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    It was cool when it was Tarantino doing this for Pulp Fiction ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO, but when Crazy Stupid Love is doing it, it loses all its cool points. When you do character posters the second time in a row for Sherlock Holmes it starts to damage the art of the movie poster. Show me a gorgeous, moody gaslit poster. Something unique that makes me want to see this movie.

  • July 10, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    krypton kid

    by Continentalop

    You do realize Doyle's Sherlock Holmes was a master of many different fighting disciplines?

  • July 10, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    *Stark

    by golden tribw

  • July 10, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    you see...

    by steele8280

    It's EDGY! And ROUGH!

  • July 10, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Hmm

    by The Fuck

    Orange and blue, only colors in movieposterland

  • July 10, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Damn you Gay Watson!

    by Big Bad Clone

    Still, he loads better than Dumb Watson. Is the Watson on the current Sherlock TV series the best Watson has been potrayed?

  • July 10, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Yahoo Movies

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • I want to see if he can recapture some of the brilliance of his father. Besides Harris, I have pretty much no reason to see this film; the terrific BBC/Moffat version satiates my Sherlockian needs.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    A completely redundant movie franchise after the REAL Sherlock!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    BBC's Sherlock IS so damn good and so damn clever and so well acted and so brilliantly written it makes Guy Ritchies take on the character look like Carry on Sherlock in comparison.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Re: Big Bad Clone -- Best Watson

    by Rathbone

    To say any Watson is the "best" will always be a subjective statement. The most we can honestly ask of anyone is to choose their FAVORITE. My favorite is probably Edward Hardwicke. He gave off the assured, quiet intelligence of a doctor and writer while still deferring to the eccentric genius that was Brett's Holmes. Brett's other Watson, David Burke, was more robust and arch, but also excellent. But let's not take ourselves too seriously as fans that we don't allow ourselves to appreciate Nigel Bruce. Yes he was dim and bumbling, but there is a reason he became inextricably tied to the role. You couldn't ask for a more endearing performance.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    GREATEST MODERN TAKE ON SHERLOCK HOLMES

    by KilliK

    i loved really loved the first movie,RDJ's Holmes was refreshing and superb,Law's Watchon was perfect and his chemistry with RDJ was the soul of the movie. All the rest was also in great quality level,the secondary characters,the main villain,the mystery,the sceneries,the music,all great. CANT FUCKIGN WAIT FOR THE SECOND MOVIE.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    The only thing I hated about the BBC version was Moriarty

    by sunwukong86

    Just way too cartoonish for me. He seemed like a comic book villain

  • but not ok when it is about black people? or your argument is that Jared proved to be worthy of his castings? yeah right... if it was Smith's son involved in this movie you would have already been turned berserk and trash the boy. at the end of the day it is all about fucking hypocrisy.and no i wont say the other word.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    He's using a 9mm Mauser?

    by zinc_chameleon

    Where's his loyalty to the British Monarchy! He should be carrying a .55 caliber Webley, like every other British officer.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    @krypton kid Original SH was a martial artist expert and

    by KilliK

    some stories were involved with those skills of his.so if you think the american version of Holmes was stupid,then the same thing applies for the original one.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Must....Have....Giant...Heads

    by Rex Carsalot

    On every fucking poster.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    killik...you're really very annoying.

    by Rex Carsalot

    People who scream racism have got to be the most tedious people on Earth.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Re: Big Bad Clone -- Best Watson, part 2

    by Rathbone

    In addition to the Watsons that I already mentioned, there are many others who contributed memorable moments to the Holmes canon, for which I'll always be grateful. I'm currently watching the Wilmer series. Nigel Stock is a bit passive, but he makes up for that deficiency in terms of loyalty and admiration for Holmes. Anyone who has seen Murder by Decree has fond memories of James Mason's "You squashed my pea!" moment. I agree that Martin Freeman brings an interesting weariness to the role, highlighting Watson's military service. For fans of his performance, I would also recommend watching Robert Duvall in the Seven Percent Solution or Ian Hart from the BBC's 2002 adaptation of the Hound. I also want to make quick mention of H. Marion Crawford, who practically served as Holmes' muscle opposite Ronald Howard in the 1954-55 TV series. That brings us back to Jude Law, who probably best embodies the "ladies' man" quality of Watson's character that has so often been hinted at. It's no less valid an interpretation than any of its predecessors that I've named.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    killik

    by carey adams

    I laughed. Ed Harris was 11 years old when Jared was born. :D He is, however, the son of Richard Harris.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    killik you utter idiot

    by golden tribw

  • July 10, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    The first one was so...

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    fucking boring. I wanted to turn it off, but didn't in the hopes that it would get better. I love RDJ, but this role isn't for him. A huge paycheck, I'm sure, but not much of an acting challenge. Guy Ritchie's films have become increasingly unwatchable following the brilliance of Snatch.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Where is a giant cleavage poster for Miss Irene Adler?

    by tphile2

    or a big booty poster will do as well

  • July 10, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    the random gypsy woman is . . . .

    by tphile2

    Rachel McAdams as Miss Irene Adler the guy with RDJ should be Professor Moriarty which must be our first look at him

  • July 10, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Gypsy is Noomi Rapace from Dragon Tattoo

    by Knugen

    She is playing a mysterious gypsy. You know the mystery of being a criminal who can dance and play catchy tunes.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Not a fan of Ritchie and Downey's Sherlock.

    by Knuckleduster

    They basically took the Batman formula and turned Holmes into a "Combat Genius". Really fucking lame. And Ritchie's Snyderesque (that's a word) speed-ramped action scenes are pretty shitty. Watch the new BBC Sherlock if you want to see a great modern reinvention of the character.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    oh fuck me.i mixed up the two Harris.

    by KilliK

    but my statement stands.

  • not to me here.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Nepotism & Holmes movies

    by Rathbone

    I wouldn't want to cast aspersions on any actors, being entirely unaware of the circumstances of their casting. But there are a couple of interesting bloodlines that run through the Holmes filmography. Ronald Howard, who starred as Holmes in the 1954-55 TV series, is the son of actor Leslie Howard. The elder Howard was Ashley in Gone with the Wind and Prof. Henry Higgins in the 1938 version of Pygmalion, which he also directed. Arguably the most famous of all cinematic Holmeses, Basil Rathbone, also has a relative still active in movies. Jackson Rathbone from the Twilight series can trace his ancestry to Basil through a third cousin of his grandfather. I certainly don't hold their heritage against any of them.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    krypon kind, try reading a (picture-less) book once in a while.

    by dahveed1972

    Then you might realize how absurd you post was. just sayin.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    damn, someone beat me to it

    by dahveed1972

    never mind...

  • July 10, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    In all honesty

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    The BBC version of Sherlock was much more brilliant and enjoyable than the RDJ version. If anyone hasn't seen it yet, then it's something that has to be watched. I'd say it beats out even the Jeremy Brett version of Sherlock, which is no mean feat.

  • July 10, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    kilik you ignorant slut!!!!

    by macheesmo3

    There's quite a difference between being the son of an actor and having talent and working you behind off to get casted in films and your dad producing lame remakes as vehicles and/or requiring you get cast in his movies. You may think Lil Bow wow, i mean Smith's son, is the next Deniro and that's fine (well not really it would be ridiculous) but to try and compare the above two situations as equal and therefore hypocritical is beyond lazy, foolish and honestly, pathetic...

  • July 10, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    The first one was so

    by proevad

    meh. Maybe they can tell a story this time around?

  • July 10, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    Plus Luther and the new Holmes on BBC

    by proevad

    beat the shit out of Downey's interpretation . Usually a humongo fan of his, but hell even Hugh Laurie's take is fresher and he's been on for a fucking decade now. Ok, I'm done.

  • July 10, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    BBC's Sherlock

    by Rathbone

    I sometimes wonder if certain fans cast their lot with the BBC version instead of the Ritchie version to appear somehow more cultured. Each version comes at the material from different angles and I enjoy both. I do have a few quibbles with the BBC version, however... I felt the first episode suffered the same pitfall that plagues most pilots. It strains too hard to establish its own style. I found it almost distracting how often the program called attention to its use of modern conveniences like cell phones. The producers were clearly (and I believe awkwardly) pushing to establish the modernity of this interpretation. Look, Holmes can text! No need for a telegram! This Holmes is cutting-edge, kids! Okay, I get it... I also think the series fell into the trap of making every villain a psychopath. In this respect, the BBC Holmes is more like Batman than the Downey version. I think there is a certain laziness in pitting Holmes against a veritable "monster of the week." Yes, it makes his opponents seem more dangerous. But in the end, they are also less equipped to match Holmes as a logician because they will always be handicapped by their psychoses. Complaints aside, I still like the BBC series quite a lot. It's got snappy dialogue. And it is especially blessed in the casting of its leads.

  • July 10, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Defending the BBC version

    by proevad

    Can u even name the villain in the film Ritchie directed? I can't. Did it even have one? Seem to remember something about a bridge... BBC version had fantastic characters even outside of Holmes and Watson.

  • July 10, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    lol got to have the hot chick on the poster

    by chien_sale

  • July 10, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    House/Holmes

    by Rathbone

    Overall, Laurie's medical take on Holmes is fine. But the series preoccupation with addition is anything but fresh. Holmes' use of cocaine was a minor character trait in Doyle's stories. It became a defining characteristic in the 1970s with the publication of Meyer's Seven Percent Solution. In the nearly 40 years since then, it has become all too commonplace for subsequent writers and filmmakers to feature addiction as a central facet of Holmes character. Each time it is reintroduced, the creator behind the new interpretation generally behaves as if they are breaking new ground. For anyone familiar with the material, the over-emphasis on addiction is more cliched than Holmes' deerstalker cap.

  • That was the first mistake. First time I saw the film thought it was utter garbage. And a second run on HBO a few months later it wasn't as bad as i first thought. I think it could have been better if those guys played the other parts. Richie just can't seem to pull everything together thus far.

  • July 10, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Proevad

    by Rathbone

    I think Mark Strong was pretty memorable as Lord Blackwood. Outside of Moriarty, I can't recall the names of any of the villains in the BBC series. And we probably shouldn't count Moriarty since he is already well established as Holmes' arch-nemesis. Without resorting to Google, I remember there was a generic psycho in the first episode and a lunatic cult in the second episode. And from the response I've seen on the Internet, opinion seems pretty evenly split between those who like and loathe the BBC's take on Moriarty. Like Moriarty, most of the other memorable characters from the BBC show were updates of familiar Doyle characters like Mycroft and Lestrade. The Downey movie had Lestrade and the sequel will have Moriarty and Mycroft. Not much difference there, I think. Again, I liked the BBC series. But I don't want to put it on too high of a pedestal.

  • July 10, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    by alice133

    doesnt even look like jude law.

  • July 10, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    rathbone

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    While I think the whole "villain of the week" syndrome you're describing can be a problem, I'd argue that--at least in the BBC version--it worked out rather nicely. I think the most brilliant part of Ep1 was that Sherlock never really beat the villain. For all of Holmes' brilliance and deduction, it was the villain that really deconstructed Holmes, manipulated him, and forced him into a confrontation that had a pretty decent chance of killing the hero. Honestly, seeing Holmes played like a violin was what clinched the series for me as a keeper. Plus, it also helps that all of the villains weren't there just to give Holmes something to do, but actually served to expand the whole Moriarity arc/mythology. I can definitely see how hitting viewers over the head with the whole modern take might be annoying though. I thought the visual verbal cues that popped up were there more for stylistic cues, but it still didn't stop it from being slightly obnoxious. Kind of like the floating text from Fringe to tell the location, which I never really got used to.

  • its really funny.

  • I think they were just embracing technology as it exists, which is naturally what Holmes would do if he were a modern character. I actually found it refreshing as it seems its a real struggle for writers these days to figure out how to incorporate the ever increasing ubiquity of technology and the internet, to the point where most just simply seem to ignore it and tell stories as if were it still the early 00s, where the internet is only understood and accessed by the nerdy IT guy. That Holmes would be immersed in it is natural and a great choice (especially given how easy it would have been to make Holmes a stodgy character who doesn't need these"modern conveniences" to solve crimes and then ignore the world of technology all together). I didn't feel at all like it was an awkward push of modernity so much as simply a utilization of it.

  • July 10, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Isn't that gun anachronistic?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Does this movie take place in WWII?

  • July 10, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Holmes boy

    by Ninja Nerd

    My first exposure to Holmes and Watson were the Basil Rathbone / Nigel Bruce movies. For years, Holmes was Rathbone, period. And indeed, I wasn't that keen on the RDJ version initially. Having seen it on Blu-Ray and HBO a couple of times, I rather like it. As for the BBC series...absolutely marvelous. Very well done and I can't wait for more. At the end of the day, Holmes and Watson are great characters in virtually any framework.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    The gun...

    by Baryonyx

    ...is a Mauser, which is really cool-looking, and was available from 1896 onwards.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Airbrushed Much?

    by Jon

    They almost look like CG renders. I take it their agents didnt like the fact that these shots are close enough to see the crows-feet and double chin of the 40 odd year old man

  • July 10, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Noooooommi!!!

    by MaxTheSilent

    That is all I need. I want that woman so bad.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Modern Tech

    by Rathbone

    I'm not objecting to the use of modern technology in the BBC Sherlock series. Holmes was always on the forefront of technology and forensics in the original stories. My objection was to the way the pilot called attention to the tech. Instead of simply letting it be part of the environment as it is in all of our lives, the script constantly mentioned how much Holmes is addicted to his cell phone and texting...much more so than in a typical procedural TV show. I understand the reason for that kind of overkill was to assure viewers that this was a MODERN Holmes, not the same old fusty character for whom a gasogene was a modern appliance. Happily, the writers seemed to back off with the excessive tech references by Episode 2.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    The first one was great

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Guy Ritchie is the man. These posters suck.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Langella played Holmes high too

    by proevad

    in case you guys didn't know. He did a play that was on HBO when I was a kid. Not sure if it's available anywhere now. This would have been sometime in the early 80's. I remember it being great but I was like 12, so who knows.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    maelstrom_zero

    by Rathbone

    I agree with you in that I like my heroes to have fallibilities, and Holmes had his share. Of course, he was famously outwitted by Irene Adler in the very first short story to appear in the Strand, A Scandal in Bohemia. And some of my favorite stories are the ones in which he is in some way incapacitated, as in the Reigate Squires or the Dying Detective. I just feel like the villain's mind game at the end of Episode 1 was far too transparent for Holmes. I had a hard time believing he would fall for it. In that sense, Clarice Starling did a better job of holding her own against a much more formidable Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. As for the buildup to the Moriarty confrontation, I also feel it was done more subtlely in the Brett series when they made him the secret mastermind behind John Clay and the Red-Headed League.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I Love The Kneejerk...

    by Rebeck2

    "Brits do it better!" posters that are obligatory and sad on every similar topic these days. Hey, which is the better "Office"? LOL. It's ridiculous. There's no need to choose between the new movies, that are obviously pumped up for the big screen and more about action, and the new series, which is more traditional mystery-solving even though it's modern day. I enjoyed both and look forward to both. I thought Ritchie's first movie was filled with great INTELLIGENT twists showcasing Holmes' ability - and as long as they do that well, then I'm okay with more action. The TV series had an absolutely crackerjack opening episode, but the second episode kinda' sucked, and then they got their mojo back with the third. I hope they can keep up the quality because it could end up being a show for the ages. Cumberbatch, the TV Holmes, is just perfect casting and I love the way they integrate today's technology into it. Freeman, very likable as always. But the point is, there's no competition between the two and it's nothing for good news for Holmes' fans like me.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I DESPISE GUY RITCHIE BUT I KINDA LOVE HIS VERSION OF HOLMES......

    by CreepyThinMan

    It might not be Sherlock of the novels but as a movie it worked very well and I'm hoping they bring their A-Game to the sequel.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    and I think Laurie's take is fresher

    by proevad

    because he was the first I know of to play him as a complete asshole, not because of the drugs. Maybe I just like his take because I relate.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Langella

    by Rathbone

    I've never had the good fortune to see the Langella play. It's my understanding that it was a restaging of the famous William Gillette production. If it went heavy on the drug use, then it sounds like quite a departure from both Gillette as well as Doyle. Yet another interesting variation! In the late 70s, Langella was the go-to man for theatrical reinterpretations of Victorian icons. He made his name by restaging the Dracula play upon which the Lugosi movie was based. Incidentally, when Gillette first approached Doyle about adapting Holmes for the stage, he asked if the author minded if he took the liberty of giving Holmes a romantic interest. Doyle responded, "You may marry him, or murder, or do what you like with him." That's good advice for those of us who are so offended by reinterpretations of the character. Of course, Doyle was so disdainful of Holmes, he tried to kill him off. But that's a debate for another time...

  • July 10, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Stephen Fry is a welcome addition to the cast.

    by Morgan

    I love Stephen Fry and glad he is getting work in a big movie like this, even if I'm not a huge fan of the Ritchie/Downey Sherlock. If you ever have the chance you should check out the BBC doc series "Stephen Fry in America".

  • July 10, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    you gotta have a fucking screw loose...

    by JAMF

    to like anything about bbc sherlock. jeez, i thought the writing, acting and directing of doctor who was shit... but at least they have an excuse. doctor who is aimed at kids - sherlock was a murder mystery show supposedly aimed at adults and it was awful... i'm still having nightmares of that fucking moriarty faggot showing up. did they ever say if he was the real moriarty or were they waiting for fan reaction to decide if he was or not?

  • July 10, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Holmes as @55hole

    by Rathbone

    Hugh Laurie and House probably took the @55hole interpretation further than anyone previously. But there have been several predecessors who came close... Jeremy Brett always acted superior to anyone who crossed his path. But he also gave hints of the vulnerability underneath in such episodes as the Devil's Foot and the Six Napoleons. Robert Stephens was quite priggish in Billy Wilder's the Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Nicol Williamson probably acts more cruelly to Watson than any other Holmes on film. Of course, he was going through drug withdrawal at the time. Douglas Wilmer brings an especially aristocratic attitude toward his performance. More than any other actor that I've seen, he seems to treat Watson almost as a servant.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    The Ritchie version isn't the perfect Holmes

    by Continentalop

    But it is an interesting, pulpish interpretation. Sure it isn't 100% faithful, but it stays close enough to the spirit of the character (just like Nolan's Batman and the Craig Bond movies are interesting but not 100% faithful adaptations of the source material).

  • July 10, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    ZERO EFFECT was a damn good modern interpretation of Holmes

    by Continentalop

    But for some reason, my favorite Holmes was Peter Cushing in Hammer's HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. I just loved the arrogance and confidence he gave him.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I Like Fry A Lot...

    by Rebeck2

    And he seems the ideal Mycroft. I'm hesitant to watch his series on the US because it seems like every few years some snarky Brit comes to the States and interviews the weirdest people he can find and then presents that to his countrymen as a portrait of America. There's always a "wacky" aspect to it that's patronizing and reductive: Oh those crazy Yanks and their giant balls of string! Look I'm wearing a cowboy hat, yeehaw! I'm a fan of Fry and I don't want to ruin that. I can't believe all the people on here that claim to hate the first Ritchie/RDJ film - I thought it was fucking fabulous and wildly entertaining! And I thought Downey did a wonderful job. You really believe he's that smart and you really believe he's that fucked-up as a person. And Law has finally found his role, is the perfect complement to Downey. I swear to god if that movie was "garbage", what is the shit I'm seeing 99% of the time these days? I want intelligent popcorn films and SH nailed it. I just hope they can keep it that smart in the sequel.

  • July 10, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    LOL, I still can't believe anyone liked the first one.

    by cinemixtape.com

    It was like a Stephen Sommers movie but really, really boring.

  • July 10, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Kid

    by Rebeck2

    You live up to your name. Stephen Sommers movies ARE boring...tremendously so. So in one short sentence you have managed to show an utter and complete lack of logic. No wonder Sherlock Holmes is boring to you, you have no idea what is going on. Elementary!

  • July 10, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    rathbone

    by proevad

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w-r-pWGCeo Don't know if this site accepts links anymore. If it doesn't work just do a search, found the whole thing on youtube of all places. Someone had a VHS recording they had made of the play and uploaded it.

  • July 10, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    I rather enjoy the BBC version

    by Mister Vertue

    But I suppose I'm biased. The RDJ movie was enjoyable all the same, but in a goofy Hollywood kind of way. Series 2 of Sherlock entered the editing phase at the back end of June and is looking even better than the first series, if I may say so myself. Which I may.

  • July 10, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I DID A GREAT MANY THINGS HERE!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Jared Harris (aka Lane Price) for the win. As for me, the jury is still out on Richie's take on ol' Sherlock.

  • July 10, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I enjoy Downey's take for what it is

    by Terrence

    It's got that abstract quirk to it that you would more or less expect from your typical Brit actor, but RDJ knows how to play that shit to the hilt.

  • were pretty simplistic and predictable. Almost all the time it was pretty obvious from the start what the whole mystery was about and very often who the villain was,and especially if you had all the necessary clues in your possession it was completely easy for EVERYONE to understand what was going on and who was the bad guy. Imho and judging only by Doyle's stories,Holmes as a detective was way overrated because the mysteries he was facing in those stories werent that difficult or challenging. And let's not talk about how he often misused the method of inductive logic to draw conclusions through speculation and possibilities rather than critical analysis and evaluation of facts and circumstances. He acted more like a "mind-reader" mentalist rather than a professional detective. That's why i always preferred Agatha Christie's stories,they were more compelling and thrilling,the mysteries were well real mysteries and Hercule Poirot was acting as a real,genius professional detective who didnt follow wild guesses to solve the mystery. Poirot > Holmes.FACT.well at least for me.

  • July 10, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Grew up reading Agatha Christie's stuff too

    by proevad

    Poirot was great (Curtain blew my young mind) --but I always preferred Holmes as a character.

  • July 10, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed the first one.

    by HagCeli

    Happy they made another one - gonna watch it in December. RDJ and Law make a very good on-screen odd couple, movie looked splendid, great dialogue, awesome Zimmer score. Bring it on, please.

  • July 10, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Sherlock Holmes + Fighting Arts Master = Batman

    by cookylamoo

  • July 10, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    That said...

    by HagCeli

    "A Game Of Shadows" is not an inviting title. It may not be as awkwardly clunky as "Rise Of The Planes Of The Apes", but almost makes as little sense.

  • July 10, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Wow, Killik. Talk about a faceplant...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Yikes.

  • July 10, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    @macheesmo3 save it pal

    by KilliK

    when i see for the 1000th in a movie that the son or daughter of someone important in the movie industry plays in a major role,regardless of his talent and hard work,that SCREAMS nepotism by itself. it doesnt matter if he deserved to be in that movie and in that role because we all know, and prove me wrong if that is not how LIFE works,that this guy's career progression was easier and quicker than someone else's who had the same talent and did the same hard work. and as Smith's son is concerned how the fuck are you so sure and insist that the kid is talentless and doesnt work hard? he did a pretty good job in KK and his chemistry with Jackie Chan was solid.He might not be the next Brando but he is not Arnold either. But more importantly the kid busted his ass in hard training in order to learn Kung Fu and to do the very hard stunts we see in the film,by himself.and that comes from Jackie Chan himself ,not me. So either accept the above truth and give some respect to the kid since,as you said, you dont mind nepotism if it is about talent and hard work,or keep playing the double standards card (no i wont say the other word) and stfu.

  • July 10, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    @gaius wtf are you talking about? and what is a face plant?

    by KilliK

  • July 10, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    I suddenly want to fuck Noomi Rapace.

    by JuanSanchez

  • July 10, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    nvm who gives a fuck.i am going to sleep.

    by KilliK

  • And I like Guy Ritchie's movie, too. They should get Shane Black to write one of these. Frankly speaking, there's a real cinematic void these days when it comes to mysteries and detective stories. Seriously, where have all the mysteries gone? Maybe they're too hard to write. Certainly they don't lend themselves to being written by committee like so many movies are these days. Fuck it. I'm watching "Chinatown" tonight. Oh...and Holmes is no drug addict. He just can't hang with being bored. So when he doesn't have a case to work on...it's Bolivian marching powder to the rescue. And Daryl Zero likes amphetamines.

  • July 10, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Killik - You know damn well what I'm talking about.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    The next time you try to start some racism/nepotism bullshit, make sure you know the difference between Ed Harris and RICHARD Harris. Fuck's sake. (And a faceplant is when you try to say/do...well...just about anything and land on your fucking face instead.)

  • July 10, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Let's make Sherlan Holmes black!

    by darth_ghidorah85

    Hell yeah, I'm down for it. I kn9ow whitey wouldn't be. my white cuzzins hate a black man in a lead role, so let's get it to them. Sheronck Holmes, we comin' for YOU, nigga!

  • July 10, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    bbc moriarty

    by brian tobin

    i'm hoping the next BBC Sherlock series will show moriarty was purposefully playing up the psycho act .....he's actually a better actor than that few minutes let on

  • for the rest i couldnt care less.

  • in the whole pop culture who is black.do you?

  • July 10, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Alex Cross, killik

    by darth_ghidorah85

    probably the most famous in this white man's world

  • July 10, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Very bland indeed Watson!

    by notcher

    I mean I hope Moriarty is a little more in the shadows than he is in that poster. Not digging the poster but I'm looking forward to the movie. It took me a few viewings, but I grew to really like the first one. It would be sweet to get a trailer for this and TDKR in the same week!!!!! BRING IT!!!

  • July 10, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    The first film was "Pirates of the Carribean in 1900 London"

    by beastie

    ...and as popcorn entertainment, I found it fun. I didn't see much of Guy Ritchie's direction in it as much as the studio influence. Nonetheless, I thought it provided some fun locations and characters. I really enjoy the BBC version and Zero Effect as well.

  • July 10, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Insulting Your Intelligence this Winter!

    by LargoJr

    While it was nicely acted, and the story wasn't terrible. The complete and overwhelming stupidity, coupled with holes in the plot you could sail a ship thru.. yeah.. I was disappointing to say the least.

  • July 10, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Killik... what about Shaft? LOL

    by LargoJr

    SHUT YO MOUTH! Just talkin about Shaft....

  • July 10, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Use of the word "shadows" in titles

    by Sir Loin

    = laziness. Ohhhh, let's invoke some mystery by using the word "shadows." Blair Witch 2, anyone? Perhaps PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 will be titled "SHADOWS WE RECORDED ON OUR LOGITECH WEBCAMS." Lame and Lamer.

  • July 10, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    killik need to look up definition of nepotism.

    by generasputinhole

    the one getting the job must be related to the one hiring them or acquiring the position for them. Since Richard Harris has been dead for, oh, 9 years, i consider it highly improbable that he was involved in the hiring of his son for the part in this film.

  • I loved the chemistry between Downey, Jr. and Law in the last one, and can't wait to see these two together again. And the addition of the Dragon Tattoo chick, Fringe's Jared Harris and the always enjoyable Stephen Fry is an added bonus

  • July 10, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    that cracka killik in dumb!

    by darth_ghidorah85

    mothafucka talkin bout no black detectives in pop culture, nigga get real and read beyond your white fantasy! my brotha morgan freeman played alex cross twice and unfortunatey will be played by tyler perry, whom i don't like, despite him being a brotha and all. i recomend idris elba myself, my white cuzzins!

  • July 10, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    They already messed up on Moriarty, he NEVER has any facial hair

    by qweruiop

    Moriarty has always been portrayed as that type of evil genius who vainly likes to look his best, and that includes NO facial hair. No beards, no mustaches, no goattee, unless he's playing a double character of sorts. By him having that full grown beard now it instantly dehumanizes the notion of him being a regal, gentleman type supervillain.

  • July 10, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    qweruiop

    by Continentalop

    You sure that is Moriarity? Maybe it is Colonel Sebastian Moran?

  • July 10, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    And Killik

    by Continentalop

    Besides Shaft, there is also Easy Rawlins (by Walter Mosley), and Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson (by Chester Himes),

  • July 10, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    The League of Etraordinary Gentlemen...

    by Carl

    is the one I remembered when I saw Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. That's how it's movie adaptation should have been.

  • July 10, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Brilliant Black Detective: Luthor

    by Big Bad Clone

    He's so brilliant a detective, his boss puts up with him throwing a temper tantrum every single episode.

  • July 10, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Modern Holmes

    by Big Bad Clone

    Yeah, the current BBC show doesn't stand up to much scrutiny but nothing Steven Moffat writes really stands the test of logic. Jekyll, Doctor Who, and esp. the lauded "Blink" don't make a whole lick of sense when you really look at them but damn if they aren't entertaining as hell. So enterataining we tend to overlook giant holes. I wasn't too keen on Moriarity's queer accent (pun intended) but I did like his "consulting criminal" angle. Villian troubleshooting. Does that make sense? Nah, but doesn't it sound fun?

  • July 10, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    you know nothing about the sequels because..

    by AzzyAzzy

    this site is full of two bit hacks posting commercials that pretend to be "news". oh look, a new trailer for Movie X. Looks good! Can't wait! I for one think this movie will be great! blah blah blah ipad blah blah blah.

  • July 10, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Detectives Bunk Moreland and Lester Freamon.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Natural po-lice!!!

  • July 10, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Luther is the new Mr. Tibbs.

    by whatevillurks

  • Let's face it. Anybody thinking that Richie's Holmes' films are superior to what Steven Moffat, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman gave us in those three episodes must have found Downey Jr.'s hidden stash of coke and have been parting with Charlie Sheen for the last several months. For all the morons on here who don't understand that, it means you're a fucking retarded cunt if you believe Richie's films are superior to Moffat's television series.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Doyle Is A Hack.

    by cerberus

    Ease up people. Your precious Sherlock Holmes is nothing more than a ripoff of Edgar Alan Poe's "Dupin" and your boy Doyle even admitted as much in his stories and in real life. Doyle cribbed from Poe's work to boost his lame career. That is why he has nothing worth reading outside of Sherlock Holmes. So lets all shut up about who "gets" Sherlock Holmes and who doesn't. Read Poe's Dupin books and you will never be able to read Sherlock Holmes again without feeling sick to your stomach

  • July 11, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Law and RDJ should the oscars.

    by SID 8.0

  • The Dupin stories were published 170 years ago; he appeared in a grand total of 3 stories, over 40 years before the debut of Holmes. You make it sound like last week's college football rivalry. A quick search finds this quote from Doyle: "Each [of Poe's detective stories] is a root from which a whole literature has developed... Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?" So he made your point much better and more poetically than you did, which makes your oddly bitter spiel unnecessary. Poe set the tone for a huge swath of mystery, thriller and horror literature that came afterward. That doesn't mean he did the best job of realizing any of the concepts he originated. Whether he did, or not, is subjective. Personally, I enjoy Holmes and Poirot and Lovecraft with no abdominal distress.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    One more time: SHERLOCK HOLMES KNEW MARTIAL ARTS!

    by Baked

    In order to ensure as far as it was possible immunity against injury in cowardly attacks or quarrels, they must understand boxing in order to thoroughly appreciate the danger and rapidity of a well-directed blow, and the particular parts of the body which were scientifically attacked. The same, of course, applied to the use of the foot or the stick.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST

    This posting system sucks a little...

    by Baked

    That was a quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartitsu

  • July 11, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Is coming winter!

    by stylecrime

    I totally misread the subtitle as "Game of Thrones"... Does Sherlock lose his head in the final reel?

  • July 11, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    elgato73

    by Rebeck2

    Re-read your post and see if you agree with me - that you're a total fucking dick.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed it. I up for many different takes, especially daring ones

    by Dennis_Moore

    like The Seven Percent Solution, or Without a Clue. Though Sexton Blake would've been a better fit for Ritchie, but probably wouldn't generate as much producer and audience interest.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Why's it always the whiney, asshole minority that's the most vocal?

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Ritchie's film was a huge hit, for good reason, and most everyone that saw the film would prefer it to that stupid TV show.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:06 a.m. CST

    DO believe the hype.

    by Dr Gregory House

    The BBC Sherlock is GREAT. However, I really did enjoy the RDJ/Law/Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movie. Looking forward to A Game of Shadows. In Doyle's world, Holmes DID know a thing or two about stickfighting and hand-to-hand combat.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    I just wish RDJ could do the fucking accent.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

  • July 11, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    ceberus

    by Continentalop

    You're statement makes as much sense as saying it is pointless to read Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe after reading Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade or Continental Op.

  • July 11, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST

    The vinegar strokes!

    by nico_laos

  • July 11, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Continentalop and Kevred

    by cerberus

    Read Poe's Purloined letter and Doyle's scandal in Bohemia back to back. You will find that not only Doyle ripped off specific phrases but actual situations as well. Check out how Doyle ripped Purloined letter off for Scandal in Bohemia. I bade the Minister good morning, and took my departure at once, leaving a gold snuff-box upon the table. "The next morning I called for the snuff-box, when we resumed, quite eagerly, the conversation of the preceding day. While thus engaged, however, a loud report, as if of a pistol, was heard immediately beneath the windows of the hotel, and was succeeded by a series of fearful screams, and the shoutings of a terrified mob. D-- rushed to a casement, threw it open, and looked out. In the meantime, I stepped to the card-rack took the letter, put it in my pocket, and replaced it by a fac-simile, (so far as regards externals,) which I had carefully prepared at my lodgings - imitating the D-- cipher, very readily, by means of a seal formed of bread. "The disturbance in the street had been occasioned by the frantic behavior of a man with a musket. He had fired it among a crowd of women and children. It proved, however, to have been without ball, and the fellow was suffered to go his way as a lunatic or a drunkard. When he had gone, D-- came from the window, whither I had followed him immediately upon securing the object in view. Soon afterwards I bade him farewell. The pretended lunatic was a man in my own pay." --"The Purloined Letter" In "A Scandal in Bohemia," Doyle moved the incident to center stage, where it belongs, when he has Holmes engage agents to raise an alarm of fire. One of these agents is Dr. Watson himself. Watson asks Holmes what he is expected to do: "To do nothing whatever. There will probably be some small unpleasantness. Do not join in it. It will end in my being conveyed into the house. Four or five minutes afterwards the sitting-room window will open. You are to station yourself close to that open window." "Yes." "You are to watch me, for I will be visible to you." "Yes." "And when I raise my hand--so--you will throw into the room what I give you to throw, and will, at the same time, raise the cry of fire. You quite follow me?" "Entirely." "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar- shaped roll from his pocket. "It is an ordinary plumber's smoke- rocket, fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. Your task is confined to that. When you raise your cry of fire, it will be taken up by quite a number of people. You may then walk to the end of the street, and I will rejoin you in ten minutes. I hope that I have made myself clear?" "I am to remain neutral, to get near the window, to watch you, and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry of fire, and to wait you at the corner of the street." "Precisely." --"A Scandal in Bohemia Well what do ya know, Doyle lifted an entire situation and dropped it right into his book. There is homages and then there is ripoofs and this was just a ripoff.

  • July 11, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    I seem to remember Tom Baker being a good Holmes

    by i_got_worms

    In three-part BBC adaptation of Hound of the Baskervilles from around 1983ish. Though there is a slight chance that my memory is clouded in nostalgia and he was actually shit.

  • July 11, 2011, 3:17 a.m. CST

    The talkbacker Jamf hit the nail on the head

    by Mr Kite

    The new BBC Sherlock Holmes is drivel! It has incredibly childish story lines with adult content thrown in every now and again. I hated the pilot episode but watched the next two episodes to give it a fair chance. Still drivel. Don't get me started on Dr Who! Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is an ok buddy movie but a poor Sherlock Holmes movie. I hope the next one is better. Mr favourite Sherlock Holmes was the one played by Jeremy Brett in the Granada TV series. Well worth a look if you haven't seen it. I also liked Peter Cushing's interpretation of Holmes in Hammers version of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Finally...Killik...yes you! first you make a stupid remark about nepotism. Not content with making a complete fool of yourself once you make another stupid remark about racism. Then, like a man (boy) with a telescopic shovel, you dig an even deeper hole for yourself by incorrectly stating black actors never get to play the part of detectives in movies. On each occassion other, better informed talkbackers have pointed out your errors and your response is "my statement still stands". What statement? You haven't made a statement. You have just written complete and utter nonsense in all of your posts. If I said you were a troll I would hate myself for being too kind. Stop posting until you have something intelligent to add. That is all.

  • July 11, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Liked first but had a hard time understanding Downey's slur

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    it's as if he thought he'd do a Jack Sparrow quirky thing but took it too far and the LOUD music and sound effects further muddied it.

  • July 11, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Downey was miscast yet brilliant at the same time

    by Lone Fox

    He's one of those rare actors who are very watchable, whatever the role. I only watched the first film recently, was surprised how well Ritchie suited it as director. Stephen Fry is a great piece of casting. Shame about these crappy posters... they just look like ads for the first film. Which were uninspired posters in the first place.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    @mr kite lets kick your ass shall we?

    by KilliK

    Not content with making a complete fool of yourself once you make another stupid remark about racism.

  • July 11, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Baked

    by Hipshot

    You are correct. Holmes was said by Watson to be an expert at sword, single-stick (staff), and boxing. He studied "Baritsu" (which was an English interpretation of Jiu-Jitsu) and used it against Moriarty at Richenbach falls. He was extraordinarily powerful--in "Adventure of the Speckled Band" a hulking adversary bent a fireplace poker into a knot, and Holmes, with barely greater perceived effort, un-bent it. The fact that he spent so much time down on the docks and in opium dens would imply that either he was a total idiot, or knew VERY well how to defend himself. The fact that almost none of the other cinematic depictions of Holmes dealt with this is beside the point: it was indeed a part of Doyle's characterization, and totally valid to present. So many of the other depictions show him as a weak-sister, a man composed solely of intellect, rather than a dynamic hero who PRIMARILY used his incredible mind--but had physical capacities as well.

  • July 11, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    I've just started in on the BBC series.

    by blackwood

    I thought Ritchie's SHERLOCK HOLMES was kind of fun, but after watching one episode of the BBC series it feels redundant. Jude Law and RDJ do have good chemistry, but BBC gets the intellect and deduction right, whereas in the first HOLMES everything might have well been magic. It was cheap. There is no way I could have known half the things BBC Sherlock spouts out about Watson the first time they meet, but his rapid-fire deductions made me feel clever by association -- because they made perfect sense, when you think about it. Whereas this incarnation of Sherlock doesn't seem especially clever, just magic and convenient. I like my Sherlock to give me a contact high from cleverness. This one is just a nice bromance in a period setting.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I like Downey, but never bought him as Holmes.

    by v3d

    Probably because I seen this guy in movies for 20+ years and it's hard to buy a very American actor as an iconic British fictional character.

  • July 11, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    BBC V Ritchie

    by 2LeggedFreak

    I was pleasantly surprised by Ritchies Holmes and I am always disposed to disliking his output so he must have done something right. The right was probably Holmes & Watson which I thought was well judged and not his usual laddish nonsense. Liked the first episode of the Beebs Holmes but felt that 2 ( most ridiculous death dealing machine ever) and 3 (worst Moriarty ever) were incredibly poor. The first episode was fresh and new and it blinded people to how rapidly the rest of the season went down hill. Quick call out here for Arthur Lowe as a bionic Watson to Cleeses Holmes !

  • July 11, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Nice Mauser pistol. First widely used automatic

    by impossibledreamers

    And to add to the chorus, Holmes not only studied several martial arts but also quite practiced in boxing and wrestling skills. You guys do need to read more.

  • July 11, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    killik's post is why I like the lack of an edit feature

    by tbransonlives

    ha

  • July 11, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    RE: rebeck2

    by cinemixtape.com

    I meant instead of just plain boring, it was really, really boring. But you're obviously a Guy Ritchie fanboy, so there will be no reasoning with any of you.

  • July 11, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    killik

    by The Garbage Man

    When Jayden Smith graduates from Duke with a degree in drama, joins the Royal Shakespeare Company, and spends decades paying his dues on stage before landing a lead role in a blockbuster, then we can talk about the obvious racism in crying nepotism on Smith but not on Harris. Until then, no, your statement does not stand and you continue to look like a fucking fool.

  • July 11, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    i always liked james mason's interpretation of Watson

    by ragingfluff

    with Christopher Plummer as Holmes in 'Murder by Decree'. As a Sherlock Holmes film, it's a bit dodgy; as a Jack the Ripper film, it's great ... and Mason gets to deliver a wonderful line when Plummer squashes the vegetables on his dinner plate

  • July 11, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    There's only one 'Game Of...' that I'm interested in...

    by BiggusDickus

    This ain't it.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I Agree WIth Somebody ABout 100 Comments Ago

    by Aquatarkusman

    Peter Cushing in The Hound of the Baskervilles was the best, but in my mind I still always picture Basil Rathbone. That's what watching shitloads of movies on UHF will do, and why if you said "Batman," I'd think Adam West, even though I saw the Tim Burton one in the theater as a teen.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Sherlock Holmes was a major conceptual disaster.

    by SmokingRobot

    Sherlock Holmes as Indiana Jones... what a screw up.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Am I the only person that just flat out loved the first one?

    by Gordon Bombay

    I am no huge Guy Ritchie fan, but honestly the first one really struck a cord with me. I bet I've watched it 10 times. The score is inspired, Downey and Law have great chemistry, and I love the parts where you can actually see Sherlock planning how he is going to take down an opponent. Throw in the great Jared Harris in the sequel, this is one the most anticipated movies of the year for me.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    The two best Watsons...

    by scors54

    ...in my opinion were James Mason in "Murder by Decree" and Robert Duvall in "The Seven Per Cent Solution"

  • July 11, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Needs More Guns

    by Twisk

    ...'cause Sherlock Holmes is known for being all action and no brains. Please, PLEASE: MORE FUCKING GUNS! kthnxbye

  • July 11, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    There can be no greater Holmes than Jeremy Brett

    by kevred

    There have been many fine portrayals of Holmes, but Brett's was transcendent. No other actor has gone so deeply into the character and given it such fully, passionately realized life. His portrayal was a work of art - complex, subtle, showy, eccentric, and razor-sharp. That Granada series still astounds me to this day - the nearly effortless-seeming creation of such a rich world, with a dazzling, flawed hero at its center, humbles every version before or since.

  • July 11, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I thought Tom Baker did a fine job as well

    by kevred

    Because of when his Baskervilles was produced, it's hard to not see the Doctor in his performance, since Baker's larger-than-life, almost alien quality is what helps both characters work. But for fans of both characters, it's an intriguing experiment. I think of all the Doctors, Baker's Doctor is the closest to a Holmes type, with his eccentricities unnerving those around him and the constant sense that he was operating on, and seeing, a different plane than anyone around him. Not sure I'd consider his Holmes to be perfectly 'canon', but then who cares?

  • July 11, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    The problem with Downey: Plays Holmes as a rascally rebel

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Benedict Cumberbatch plays him as a misanthrope. Guess who's version I prefer. Besides the name, Benedict Cumberbatch...c'mon!

  • July 11, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Stephen Fry playing Robert Downey Jrs brother?

    by Legolars

    Brother from a different mother. Where's the family resemblance?

  • July 11, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    This is not the Sherlock I'll be watching.

    by Legolars

    Sherlock Holmes was a snorefest. Can't wait for BBC Sherlock season 2 though!

  • July 11, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    I loved Brett's Holmes (quinnesential), but this was a fun flick

    by impossibledreamers

    I've watched my DVD a ton of times...

  • July 11, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Holmes with a gun?!

    by thommcg

    This isn't Face/Off.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    by proevad

    is the best name ever given to a human being. Agree with hal.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    thommcg, Holmes used firearms in many stories

    by Continentalop

    Sign of the Four", "Hound of the Baskervilles", "Adventure of the Copper Beeches", "Adventures in the Empty House", "The Musgrave Ritual", and in "The Problem of Thor Bridge.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    And then there is this

    by Continentalop

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Holmes_Adventures.jpg

  • July 11, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Stupid

    by Philaveli

    They should print 4 posters. The first poster a picture of Tony Stark crossed out. The second poster a picture of Jude Law split with an outline of a guy shrugging. The third poster a picture of a man sleeping. The fourth poster a picture of a big pile of HORSESHIT.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    itsa Mauser C96 Broomhandle pistol

    by HP Flashman

    in 7.63×25mm Mauser. really bad artwork though.

  • July 11, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    still gotta give it up for the Victorian period.

    by awardgiver

    I hate when people 'modernize' things, like shakespeare for example. Victorian England was spooky and gothic.

  • July 12, 2011, 5:13 a.m. CST

    The problem with Downey: Plays Holmes as a rascally rebel

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Benedict Cumberbatch plays him as a misanthrope. Guess who's version I prefer. Besides the name, Benedict Cumberbatch...c'mon!