There have been so many film incarnations of Sherlock Holmes, that we have lost count. But there is one actor who made Holmes relevant again, and made him appeal to a wider audience, and that was Robert Downey Jr. Sure he is definitely a nice piece of eye candy, but his overall cockiness, wit and charm is a nice gloss to the character which just gives Holmes’s personality all the more bite. Also having been directed by Guy Ritchie who is famous for Snatch and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, it reminded audiences that if there is anyone that can pull off Holmes with having definite edge it was him. And let’s face it Ritchie still had a lot of making up to do after he directed then wife Madonna in the abortion that is, Swept Away.
This new look of the Sherlock Holmes films definitely divided audiences, while some relished this new look and approach, a lot believed Homes and Watson should be sitting in their parlour room, sipping on scotch and basking in the rich mahogany. And while that is all well and good, famous characters in literature need to given that new look to adapt to the times. You wouldn’t expect James Bond to be the same in every single film, as long as they keep to the core source material, there shouldn’t be a problem. The best way to describe Ritchie’s films is that he put a modern day Sherlock into an olden day setting, which could be disastrous in theory, but it totally works. Having that kind of approach to the film makes Holmes’s uniqueness all the more enjoyable to watch.