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Elementary, my dear Watson

As someone who’s read almost, if not all, of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, this new movie by Guy Ritchie has me simultaneously excited and terrified. It’s either going to be brilliantly insane or it’s going to be insanely terrible. I don’t think there will be any middle ground. For those of you who are Sherlock Holmes fans, have you ever seen Zero Effect? Great movie.

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22 Replies to “Elementary, my dear Watson”

  1. Dave2

    Meh. Looks more “inspired by” than any kind of faithful adaptation. Probably a wise approach box-office-wise, but hopefully one which won’t ruin the film.

    Zero Effect is an awesome movie that should have reached a much bigger audience than it did. Probably my favorite Bill Pullman flick.

  2. Kiefer and Emo

    Doyle’s mood-setting and scene set-up are second to none. But his dialogue sucks a big brown dick. If they can make a movie using the mood and rework the dialogue it has to be good. The Jeremy Brett stuff came close, but that may only have been because Brett gave life to the stilted, artificial and contrived conversations Doyle ruined his stories with. I now, we’ve talked about this before and you disagreed. And you’re still wrong.

  3. Crys

    that trailer is certainly intriguing, but i worry that Guy Ritchie is directing. though honestly, i’ve never seen Snatch, just that awful movie with Madonna and some dude on a beach.

  4. Mik

    Guy’s movies are a bit hit and miss for me, but I did think this trailer was intriguing.

    I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan,we’ll see how well Guy does with it.

    Have to check out the Zero Effect movie.

  5. Hilly

    I second Lee Brookes….I’ll watch simply because of Robert Downey Jr. I haven’t read all of the books and am not a huge fan like some people, so I probably can’t be as disappointed as others.

    With that said, time to add Zero Effect to my Netflix!

  6. cat

    Yeah, it’s a toss-up. At first I thought, wow, this is going to be awesome. But then my confidence wavered about a minute into the trailer. I’m not a huge Guy Ritchie fan. I’ve seen a lot of his movies, think he’s talented and understand why people like them, but they’re always really boring to me. I inevitably fall asleep. Great action, but that’s about it. He’s missing that je ne sais quoi… story perhaps?

  7. B.E. Earl

    Have to be honest. When I heard about this flick in production I was hoping for a great Guy Ritchie film more than a great Sherlock Holmes film. And I’ve read most everything from Doyle as well. I’m just not a stickler for it.

    Zero Effect, however, was absolutely brilliant. I need to see that again, actually. Thanks!

  8. Kris

    Zero Effect is one of my all time favorite movies (like top 5 for sure). I love the scene where Pullman takes off his jacket and then puts it back on inside out is one smooth swoop. Hilarity.
    God, I’ve seen it about a hundred times. So good.

  9. Gina

    I took a Mystery Lit course in college (hello, English minor!). We read an entire book of Sherlock Holmes mysteries as well as many other fine works by other authors. I enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes mysteries quite a lot, actually.


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