Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Sherlock Holmes is pretty darn cool" by Millie's little brother

Here I have an absolutely brilliant post written by my youngest brother James (you may recall him from his Bob Hope adoration). Everything is transcribed from notebook paper EXACTLY how he wrote it (including the title). I think it's positively hilarious (even if I really cannot condone EVERYTHING he says! Basil FORVER!). Warning: he shares my talent for creating strange analogies and writing terrible punctuated run-on sentences! 

Anyway, enjoy! And, if you're in the mood, leave a comment to let him know what you think about it/to tell him that Basil Rathbone is ALWAYS the greatest Sherlock ever.

I have long since wanted to write a post on ClassicForever about how amazing The Incredible Hulk (with Bill Bixby) is. I wasn't able to do that (I think the author of ClassicForever may have a prejudice against green people). Fast forward a year, a light bulb appeared above my head and I think, "I should write a post about the different portrayals of Sherlock Holmes."

I seriously love the Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. What's not to love? It's not just Sherlock (who is cooler than Poirot, Columbo, and Nick Charles smashed together), [EDITOR'S NOTE: THE STATEMENTS MADE IN THIS POST DO NOT REFLECT THE OPINION OF CLASSICFOREVER OR IT'S SUBSIDIARIES.] it's also Watson and how the two of them fit together. Seeing how much I love the books, it should be understood how it makes me angry when I see bad Holmes performances, and how it makes me happy to see a good peformance. I haven't seen many Sherlock portrayals, but I have a lot to say about the portrayals I've seen.

#6: Reginald Owen - A Study in Scarlet

Reginald Owen: Scaring children since 1887

Watching this movie was like someone giving me a lemonade on a day that has just reached 99 degrees, then that person taking it away and then spitting in my face. All I can say is that Sherlock Holmes should not chuckle a lot, and Sherlock Holmes should NOT have a double chin, like Regi. I was at least hoping for a good screenplay, but again I was disappointed. As I found out later, they could only get the rights to the title of the book so they changed the whole movie around. That's like wanting to make a movie about "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," but not getting all the rights so you have to make Finn a race car driver. As for Watson? He was boring.

#5: Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock

"I can't believe you lost the key, John."

I haven't seen a full episode so I don't have much to say, but first off, who names their kid Benedict? It's such an odd name it makes me think he's a traitor. Holmes was a fairly good performance, but I really didn't like Martin Freeman's Watson. I did like how even through updating it, they still kept the original feeling.

#4: Ronald Howard - Sherlock Holmes (television series)

 "You'll be sorry that you stole my Popsicle."

It was to my surprise when I saw Ron Howard played Sherlock Holmes, and my sadness when I saw it wasn't Opie. I really genuinely liked this Sherlock Holmes series. It's true that it was more played for laughs, but still I liked both the portrayals of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson. Another plus, Holmes wears a deerstalker hat (YES!).

#3: Robert Downey Jr. - Sherlock Holmes (movie)

You wouldn't want to run into him in a dark alley.

The movie was pretty good, I enjoyed it all. Rob Downey Jr. really portrays Sherlock's craziness well, also his mood swings. I loved how they showed him really using his brain to fight, so many adaptations don't show him as a fighter. Another think I liked was his costumes, both times my friends had to point him out to me. I describe Jude Law as Watson on steroids, or The Incredible Hulk Watson.

He loves his pipe!

#2: Basil Rathbone - Tons of Sherlock movies

I really enjoy Basil as Sherlock. I really need to watch more Sherlock movies. To be honest, I think Nigel Bruce brings the whole performance down. I just don't like how they showed him as a silly old man. Basil Rathbone does just seem like the perfect person to play Sherlock Holmes, and he has a violin. From what I've seen of Basil (now, correct me if I'm wrong) he plays a cool and collected Holmes. Of course, he's brilliant, but not very excitable. I can just imagine him sitting back in a big recliner, talking to the producer.

Basil: "Ok, this is how we're gonna do it. I'm gonna slick back my hair, wear a deer stalker cap and awesome coat, and smoke a curvy pipe. Then we'll have a stupid Watson to magnify my brilliance, which will probably make someone in 2012 angry, but hey, I don't care, I'll be in my coffin.

Producer: "Ok, whatever you say."

"Hey, fat old man! Give me all your money! Oh, wait -- you're Watson."

I know you've just been waiting for this, drum roll please, no seriously, I want you to make a drum roll sound on your keyboards.

The best Sherlock Holmes is.... JEREMY BRETT! (YAY!)

#1: Jeremy Brett - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"Shh! If you're quiet enough, you can hear my brilliance."

Jeremy Brett is the best, awesomest, most superb Sherlock ever! He was such a great actor. The TV show from "Granada" went to even painstaking efforts to make the show accurate not only from the book, but also historically and geographically. A interesting little trivia fact is that Brett was able to portray mood swings so well because he was bi-polar. I really like Davie Burke as Dr. Watson. I dislike the second Watson, which was Edward Hardwicke. I don't know why they didn't bring back Dave. If they didn't ask him back, shame on "Granada." If they did ask him back, but he refused, shame on him. I knew when I heard the old theme song, that I would love the show. I love the costumes Jeremy Brett dressed up in. All-in-all, Jeremy Brett is Sherlock Holmes.

Honorary: David Timson

I just had to put David Timson in. He narrated all the Sherlock Holmes books. Over the course of the book, he amazingly does over 100 and some characters. He does the perfect Holmes, perfect Watson, and perfect everyone else. I had to put him in because he was the one who started me on Sherlock Holmes. I really have to listen to him do Dickens. He would be high on the list of favorite British accents.

In conclusion, Sherlock Holmes is amazing. Nigel Bruce is fat and old and I don't like him. I feel bad for hating Edward Hardwicke, because I found out that he was Jeremy's best friend. And Martin Freeman is going to be amazing as Bilbo Baggins!

The End.


NoirGirl said...

Hello James!

Very happy to see a post from you here!

I'm a fan of The Cumberbatch myself, but I loved the comment about his name. I always think that about him! Martin Freeman's Watson definitely seems a whole lot more long-suffering than any of the other Watsons. And so far (they only just started playing S2 here in the states...) he hasn't been of much use to Sherlock solving crimes. I really hope he gets to have more of a role that way.

Basil Rathbone gets my vote for best Sherlock. And I completely adore Nigel Bruce, always and forever - no matter how un-Watson-y he may be. Nigel Bruce is one of the people I would choose for my family, if I could make them entirely of classic film stars.

Jeremy Brett is fantastic, I agree with you there. And I'd love to know why they switched Watsons! We should investigate!

Really, really great post, James. I laughed so hard I cried!

Matthew Coniam said...

I agree about Brett, James. The best by a mile. (Though I think you are a little hard on Nigel Bruce, and SURELY there is NOTHING good to be said about Cumbersome or Downer Jr. You're right. Cumbersome does sound like a traitor.)

David Burke, by the way, turned down the chance to repeat the role in later series. When they went to the Reichenbach Falls for The Final Problem, they also shot the extra bits for use in the flashbacks of The Empty House. By the time they came to make it, Hardwicke had replaced Burke, and so they had to reshoot these bits in Wales, in a similar looking location.
I like Hardwicke a lot - Sir Cedric's son, you know - but I agree that Burke is the best.

DKoren said...

How well timed! I just watched the Robert Downey Jr. first Sherlock Holmes movie last weekend, so Sherlock was fresh on my mind.

I really enjoyed this post! I definitely needed a laugh this morning, and this post provided it! Thank you! Basil was always my favorite Holmes, though I'm extremely fond of Nicol Williamson in the awesome "Seven Percent Solution" (probably my all-time favorite Holmes movie because of the Nicolas Meyer script, the actors, and the train chase/fight). I also love "Young Sherlock Holmes."

I've never seen Brett's Holmes, not even a few minutes of one, though just about everyone I know loves him as Holmes. I suppose one of these days I'll have to give him a try.

To my own surprise, my favorite Watson right now would have to be Jude Law. I absolutely loved his capable Watson in the new movie.

Sarah said...

"Watching this movie was like someone giving me a lemonade on a day that has just reached 99 degrees, then that person taking it away and then spitting in my face."

I'm so glad you like RDJ's Sherlock, James! (because I don't think a certain someone, ahem, YOUR SISTER likes it as much as we do) I really love the first Sherlock movie and I completely agree about they featured his calculating mind in the fighting scenes :)

Sarah Asay said...

this was hilarious jimmy. nice review.

Jeff flugel said...

Very funny guest post, James! You show good taste in admiring Jeremy Brett and disliking Nigel Bruce's Watson. However, I can't agree with you about Edward Hardwicke, who is my favorite Watson.

If you ever get the chance, I recommend checking out some other notable Holmes performances, such as Peter Cushing and Douglas Wilmer (both have episodes out on DVD).

Hamlette said...

Bravo! I heartily agree with you about both Nigel Bruce and Jeremy Brett.

Do you read any non-canon (not by Doyle) Holmes stories? I absolutely love the series by Laurie R. King that features him and his protege, Mary Russell -- the first book is "The Beekeeper's Apprentice," and it is fantastic. Totally true to Holmes' character, and I promise you that although the other main character is a girl, the books as a whole are not gooshy! Boys can read them and enjoy them, they're very good mysteries. (And Ms. King agrees with us that Jeremy Brett is the best Holmes ever.)

cold feet studio said...

:) great post. thanks.

Maren said...

A fun run-down of all the Sherlocks running about out there - though you didn't mention Basil of Baker Street!! :(
Yes, Jeremy Brett IS Holmes. I'm willing to bet on it. Also, first Watson better than second Watson.

The new Sherlock is fun - I have my complaints, but I think overall it's a great update of the books and well worth watching. Possibly even becoming Sherlocked over. :)

Joi @ Hollywood Yesterday said...

Hi! I am obsessed with (completely, unapologetically obsessed with)Benedict and RD Jr, so I'm going to have to put them at the top of the list. But Basil equals all things wonderful for me as well.

I enjoyed your post and thoughts very much!

kmalgren said...

Totally agree James :) I laughed so hard reading your post, very good and thought provoking, and I loved the captions for the pictures. Thanks for writing this! In agreement with one of the posts above, watch the Douglas Wilmer set of Sherlock Holmes and write about how you felt about it. It is very good and what I consider to be the black and white version of the Jeremy Brett episodes (which are my favorite!).

buddy2blogger said...

Basil Rathbone made a very classy and stylish Holmes.

Check out my tribute to this great performer.


UsagiDreams said...

I have to agree that Jeremy Brett was the best Holmes. I love, love, love him! In fact, it was watching his performances (so close to the Holmes of the books) that inspired me to write my Sherlock Holmes fanfiction. However, I preferred Edward Hardwicke as his Watson, they had a better chemistry.


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