Holmes for the Holidays

Before going to see “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” I wanted to see the previous Robert Downey, Jr. film in the series. My family saw “Sherlock Holmes” in the theatre without me. I hadn’t gotten around to seeing it, even though it had aired on some of the movie channels we get.

I assumed the movie would still be available via the cable system’s OnDemand menu but it was not. My daughter tried using the Wii to access her Netflix account but they were having some sort of maintenance issues on Monday. Eventually my wife rented “Sherlock Holmes” from Amazon.com for 99ยข and used a VGA cable to put the movie on our TV. For audio, we used some speakers from an old desktop computer.

I’m glad we made the extra effort because I actually liked the first movie better. “Game of Shadows” had more action, especially with people jumping on and off trains and with fight scenes. Sherlock’s fighting skills reminded me of Chuck Bartowski accessing the Intersect. I would have preferred more scenes of Holmes looking at clues and deducing what they meant, like in the first film.

The character played by Rachel McAdams inspired me to look on my Kindle for a Sherlock Holmes story featuring Irene Adler. When I got my Kindle, one of the first books I downloaded was a free copy of “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” It wasn’t difficult. “A Scandal in Bohemia” was the first story in the book.

According to my newly-arrived program guide from East Tennessee PBS, they are planning to repeat the BBC’s excellent modern-adaptation of “Sherlock” on January 15 and 29. New episodes of the mini-series are due to air in May.

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3 Responses to Holmes for the Holidays

  1. Giannine says:

    Angeline says the Robert Downey, Jr. movies are very close to the books, taking quotes directly from them for the scripts, although the stories themselves are original. She really likes them better than other adaptations of the characters she has seen. Angeline has read the entire series. You could have some juicy conversations with her on this subject! She would happily discuss it for hours…

  2. Jenny Cook says:

    I hadn’t thought about it until you said it, but his analysis of fight sequences does resemble Chuck and the intersect. Since that is one of our favorite shows, the whole family pretends to do that quite often. The kids cross their eyes a bit and then assume the fighting stance. Yeah, I know, we’re weird.

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