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Reaction: Sherlock Holmes movie
Finally watched Sherlock Holmes. Short reaction.

One thing most of you probably don't know about me is that I've been a fan of Sherlock Holmes since, ooo, maybe age 8? Read the books, watched most of the iterations and variations on film and TV (Jeremy Brett rocks.) Haven't re-read or watched anything for a long time, but I was nervous that this film would get it wrong somehow.

It's awesome. Better than awesome. I love the way they interpreted Irene Adler and integrated her. Love that even though it seems like magic is at work, all along it's been science and mysticism and fear. Love the hints of steampunk, (my god the toolkit,) love the bond between Holmes and Watson, love the depth of all the background detail of Victorian England, just gorgeous. (Shallowly and costume-wise, the plethora of long-coats was nice too, and Blackpool's leather coat? Ooo. *grabby hands*) The reveal of Moriarty at the end made me cheer, as did the reference to Holmes' brother Mycroft.

And holy crap Lestrade!! First the apparent 'I'm betraying Holmes to the Order' then the actual 'I'm betraying Blackpool and helping Holmes' and both times I was thrilled. Lestrade and by extension the Yard and the police in most interpretations is treated as a joke. It was wonderful to get him as an ally, and one with more to him than as a foil for derision.

My only criticism is Robert Downey Jr. isn't British, but he can't help that. His accent sometimes was... unique. XD Aside from that, he was very much the more visceral Sherlock Holmes found in some of the books. Loved the information overload sense from when he was alone in public at the restaurant, the whole 'cannot shut off his mind' thing.

Very cool movie. Will watch again, and any sequels.

Now. It's been out for a while, there's got to be fic, right? Can anyone recommend some? I really want to see Holmes and Watson work with Torchwood. Or the Tenth Doctor. Among many other things.

ETA (09-18-10): POST-SHERLOCK BBC Re-watching. Dear god this movie doesn't hold up by comparison to the BBC series.

When re-watching this movie after having watched the Sherlock BBC series, the only characters that really held up for me were Jude Law's Watson and that one Constable with the 'my wife's a chambermaid' line. Most of the rest of them seemed to be operating in pantomime and humoring this random person who'd shown up claiming to be Sherlock until the real one turned up again. I can now see how weird and awkward the whole Irene/Sherlock thing is, and the whole action movie milieu left me cold this time.

Here's why I think that is. The BBC series got it right. The heart of it. The Ritchie movies are focussed, as most Hollywood productions, on the shiny bits and the surface and what they think the audience wants. They've drowned it all in CGI crinoline. They made Holmes an action hero, which by reading the original books he sort of is, but they've made him an American action hero, no matter what accent RDJ is wandering through at the time.

RDJ isn't a Holmes. Jude Law, though? He's a Watson. He's got the heart of it, and is a Watson several years down the road, frustrated by the situation and wanting to move on with his life. He rings true. RDJ is at best a pantomime Holmes, with the 'wacky' turned up because Hollywood thinks that's what audiences want.

All this is of course, just my opinion. I'll still watch further Ritchie movies, on DVD, but to me the BBC Sherlock is closer to true than Ritchie will ever be.

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bugeyedmonster From: bugeyedmonster Date: June 6th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
there is a Doctor Who/Sherlock Holmes crossover. It's book!Holmes though.

Adventure of the Blue Box by Waid
The real reason Holmes didn't come straight home after the Final Problem? A certain Time Lord still can't land the TARDIS properly...

I still have not seen the movie. I need to. Have you seen the Granada series with Jeremy Brett?

caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 6th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cool fic, thank you for reccomending it.

I still have not seen the movie. I need to. Have you seen the Granada series with Jeremy Brett?

Yep, hence the "Jeremy Brett rocks" in the post, but you probably didn't see that if you're avoiding movie spoilers. :-)
tigriswolf From: tigriswolf Date: June 6th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really enjoyed the movie, and I think I found some LJ communities back when I first saw it.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 6th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know when it came out there were a lot of people posting about it, but things kind of quited down since then. I'll have to poke around and see what falls out.
irismay42 From: irismay42 Date: June 6th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might be interested to know Steven Moffat (current Who supremo) is helming another Holmes remake series. I think it's for the BBC but wouldn't swear to it! Be nice to have an actual Brit playing the titular character! Although RDJ's accent didn't annoy me as much as I thought it would!
astrothsknot From: astrothsknot Date: June 6th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Didn't that get pulled? It's been made, but it's crap so they won't show it. I saw something in The Sun about a fortnight ago, raving about £800k of taxpayers money for something that's never going to see the light of day
astrothsknot From: astrothsknot Date: June 6th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's the best adaption of the books I've seen. As for fic, I seem to have a lot of Holmes/Watson slashers, but they may have Holmes comms in their profiles ingrid_matthews, asemic and random_nexus which will have gen
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 6th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Somehow I'm not surprised there's a lot of slash. XD

I'll have to check those authors out. Thanks for the recs!
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: June 6th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm also a long-time Holmes fan, and my favorite thing about the movie was Jude Law's portrayal of Watson. Best film Watson ever, in terms of aligning with how I see him in canon. *nods*
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 6th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely! Most times he's played as being older or sedentary or some variety of idiot. Prior to this the best I think was from the Granada/Jeremy Brett series (can't remember the actor's name) and even he had his 'I am only here to ask stupid questions to prompt Holmes' next wodge of exposition' moments. Watson was a combat veteran, and while he did have an injury to his leg, he wasn't inactive, or old. And most of all he wasn't an idiot.

I also really liked the dynamic between the two in this movie. There was an equality and brotherhood of sorts there that's lacking in most versions.

innie_darling From: innie_darling Date: June 6th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you look in my memories, under fic, there are maybe half a dozen (long) fics with "SH" as a prefix - some bookverse and some 2009movieverse. Enjoy!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 6th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool! I shall have to go pillage your memories! XD
bugeyedmonster From: bugeyedmonster Date: June 6th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Y'know I've had this Doctor Who/SH bunny bugging me.

Bunny keeps mention what a wonderful lovely couple John Watson and Martha Jones would make. Of course Watson would just fall in love with very independent woman. (Bunny reminds me about Mary Morstan who was very independent for a Victorian woman.) And of course Martha would have no problem sharing Watson with Holmes, she might threaten on Holmes on what she'll do to him if he hurts Watson.

(Bunny's image of Martha threatening Holmes had me laughing.)

Sigh... darned bunny won't leave me alone.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 6th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Then you should write it.
teithiwr From: teithiwr Date: June 6th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you liked the movie! :)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 6th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's rather awesome, and has the kind of relationship dynamic I'm a sucker for, plus Victorian England!
bugeyedmonster From: bugeyedmonster Date: June 6th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen these really cute chibi style drawings? They are by Sadyna. She does RDJ Holmes and Brett Holmes sometimes facing up against each other.
Most recent sample

bugeyedmonster From: bugeyedmonster Date: June 6th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I'll admit that I have some fic recs... those these are either canon style or AU fics.

Vows Made In Storms by Protector of the Gray Fortress
The Shocking Affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland. Another joint fic by KCS and Protector of the Gray Fortress.

The Covenant and the Oath by Pompey
AU sequel to "On Afghanistan's Plains" -- as if "Young British Soldier" never happened. An elderly doctor from Watson's past asks Holmes to investigate the disturbing harassment of former army doctors. Complete.

Concerning Pompey's fics, I would also rec "On Afghanistan's Plains" which is about Watson before he gets sent back to England. Along with "Things that Never Happened to Sherlock Holmes", and "The Curious Contents of the Baker St Butter Dish" which is way too funny. Watson does not take finding Holmes' experiment in the butter very well.

One of Their Own by Pompey
Examining the relationship between Dr. Watson and the Yard after a case hits particularly close to home. Part of the 221B challenge. Complete.

I would recommend everything by Aragonite, and you have to get "You Buy Bones."

Aragonite does a wonderful Lestrade. I love Argonite's version of the Second Stain. Lestrade realizes there's quite a bit more going on than he's told. As in Whitehall stuff and he doesn't want to get involved. I also love Lestrade trying to explain to Holmes about widows having a lowered resistance to romantic leaisions(sp?) and Holmes not quite getting it. lol!

I loved "You Buy Bones." It's mostly Watson and the Yard dealing with a bone collector. Said bone collector has killed people for their unusual bones. Watson sort of sets himself up as bait, because the bone collector would want a Jezail bullet survivor.

Bartimus Crotchety is also a good fic writer
And Crotchety is a Watson fan.

Chewing Gum has this wonderful AU...
What Words Fail Of
When a candidate for prime minister is found dead in a tent of a traveling carnival, Holmes is summoned to avoid political unrest. Little does he know that the waters run deeper than anyone thinks. Joint fic with KCS.

Chewing Gum does some wonderful drabble stuff.
“I’m a doctor, not a...” Watson attended medical school to become a doctor, and yet sometimes he wonders if others even know he is one... Largely random drabbles.

Chewing Gum also has an AU where Mycroft somehow got sucked into marriage. That series has a lot of brotherly interaction between Sherlock and Mycroft. (They're so juvenile sometimes.) If you like Sam and Dean you'd probably like Chewing Gum's Sherlock and Mycroft.

Chewing Gum's profile on FFN

I'd also like to rec two fics by rabidsamfan.
Call for the Doctor
A drabble series. When Watson is called to help an accident victim he finds that the patient is Holmes -- and that the accident was no accident at all.
(This one is great. I love the Irregulars in this! And how Holmes takes care of them. And Rabidsamfan writes a good "entrance for Moriarty", "exit for the Irregulars" fic. I mean seeing as how we don't see the Irregulars after the hiatus.)

Detection has its hazards, but danger is also part of the medical profession, as Watson learns anew when smallpox arrives in London.

If I think of any other SH fic I'll let you know...
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 6th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, that's great, I'm sure I can find more myself from there, thank you.
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: June 6th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to agree with you I loved it as well. I know Wombat and J had issues because it wasn't canon, but I wasn't expecting that to begin with, so I I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characterization, costumes, little nuances(sensory overload) and such, just made the Sherlock fan in me flail with glee. Now, does this mean there will be more bunnies nattering at you in the near future?;)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 6th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
No bunnies.

It's not exactly canon, but neither was the Jeremy Brett version, really. Holmes has a great many vagaries of interpretation to the original material.
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