1) Sherlock Holmes by Guy Richie is a typical hollywood big budget affair. Holmes is played by the recently popular Robert Downey jr. and he is surrounded by other hollywood stars. The theme’s of the movie surround good versus evil, but also concentrates on showing Holmes’ famous brainy abilities, such as in a fight scene in which Holmes’ defeats a much bigger man by using his mind.


2) The Mazarin Stone is one of Sherlock Holmes’ many adventures. With Stone as sample, the themes of Holmes are revealed. He is a witty individual, clearly the smartest man in the room, and a bit of an eccentric. Furthermore, he seems to be a wordly fellow, just the all around renaissance man. A problem, though, with a brainy character is that his mind can be seen working on the page. His mental activities are half of the fun, and it is tough to translate that to a purely visual medium. Furthermore, most of his stories, like Stone deal with a small, local problem, hardly the stuff of hollywood blockbuster material.




– The official website of the sherlock holmes museum, located where sherlock holmes lived in the fictional stories. There is no mention of the movie anywhere on the site.



– an analysis of the occult symbols in the movie Sherlock Holmes, as well as an analysis of occult mentions in the written stories of Holmes.



– Some recent buzz and pictures over the shooting of Sherlock Holmes 2. Critics argue whether or not the movie was a worthy screen adaptation of the Holmes franchise, but its difficult to argue with the box office numbers that green light a sequel to begin filming. It speaks to not only how recognizable the name Sherlock Holmes is, but also that people delight in his way of fighting crime.


4) Does Guy Ritchie’s film desecrate the Sherlock Holmes tradition with its hyper-violent action sequences? Or is this a refreshing and even faithful aspect of Ritchie’s adaptation?

I do believe that this recent Sherlock Holmes does desecrate the tradition, but I blame hollywood economics and logistics instead of Guy Richie. Not to say that Ritchie’s films aren’t hyper-violent (they probably are the reason that hyphenation exists), but his films also include a style that seemed suppressed in this flashy hollywood movie. Furthermore, its not as if Holmes didn’t have his share of violent encounters in his stories,but to focus on the one aspect so heavily, and to attempt to fit  Holmes’ other traits into the violence, simply ignores the things that made Sherlock Holmes so great.