Trailer for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes is here

19 May

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Ever since Guy Ritchie announced he was making a film about the titular detective, I’ve been curious about Sherlock Holmes. It’s been quite some time since the likes of Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett took on the role, and I remained quiety cautious about Robert Downey Jr. inheriting it for this go-round. So, now that the trailer is here, I have to say that I’m not surprised by it. Nothing in it seems to particularly scream Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, save for the production design. Everything else looks like a slam-bang action romp with some oddly placed bits of humor; one scene early on is edited together in such a way it appears that Holmes leaves a room Bugs Bunny style with a dashing sound and a cloud of smoke. Whaaa??

The film doesn’t release ’til December 25th, so it’s far from completion. That means it could really be anything by the time it is finally released. Right now, the tone looks pitched halfway between 1988’s Without a Clue (not a good thing) and 1985’s Young Sherlock Holmes  by Barry Levinson(a good example of Holmes in action mode). Below is the trailer if you have ever fancied the idea of seeing Holmes and Watson try to run and out-leap a giant fireball Bad Boys style.

See the trailer for League of Extraordinary Holmes HERE.

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2 Responses to “Trailer for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes is here”

  1. Cliff Burns May 19, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    It will be hard to top Jeremy Brett in the role and, frankly, I don’t see the point. That’s about as definitive a Holmes as you’re going to get. Barry Levinson’s “Young Sherlock Holmes” was taken away from the director and re-cut by producer Spielberg and it led to a mess (the idea was stupid in the first place). “Without A Clue” I won’t even comment on but there was a pretty decent Canadian Holmes movie from the late 70’s called “Murder by Decree” that you might want to look into…

    • Bartleby May 19, 2009 at 11:51 am #

      Cliff, you are right on both counts regarding Jeremy Brett and the point of this at all. While I do think there is a place for a thoughtful exploration of Holmes or just a good who-dunnit done in the tone of Doyle, I don’t think it will be this one. While Young Sherlock Holmes clearly bears more earmarks of Spielberg than Levinson, I still enjoy it for the visuals and that Hardy Boys, pulp adventure feel it has. Some of my affection is no doubt borne of nostalgia, but you won’t catch me slagging me on it.

      Thing is, there is nothing in this new trailer that makes me think this version will be even slightly better than YSH, and that’s unfortunate.

      Murder by Decree is a top notch film, and very underrated. I liked the way it brought Jack the Ripper and Holmes into each other’s proximity and observed the results. Plummer made an interesting Holmes as well. I’m hoping to start doing a regular column regarding obscure or forgotten films and I just added this one to the list. Thanks for jogging my memory.

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