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17 December 2012 @ 09:06 am
Gotta agree with my nephew Mark: last night I watched Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been a rabid Holmes fan since 3rd grade and for whatever reason I have no problem with Downey and Law's portrayal, nor with Guy Ritchie's interpretation - I can only conclude there is something profoundly wrong with me. In any case, Stephen Fry was born to play Mycroft.

Kitty Wars continue. I'll re-introduce Polly and Rocky for a short time again today - this time just leaving the door open between them - and see how that works. The problem is Rocky's attitude, but she's the one getting beat up. She's old, and Polly isn't about to take her bullying the way Cupcake does: Polly bullies back, and does so more effectively because she's young. Poor Rocky has lost about 20% of her body weight out of sheer nervousness. So, they're both on meds, and Rocky needs a lot more looking after... but Polly's presence keeps Rocky from bullying Cupcake (who's twice her size, and has the gentlest personality in the world).
kimurho: Bernard the Elfkimuro on December 17th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
I so agree with you with regard to Stephen Fry and Mycroft. I loved the scene wherein he was wandering around in the (un)buff. Perfect. OTOH, I really don't like Downey's interpretation of Holmes - I find it easier to consider him someone who just happens to have the same name.

Which is pretty much how I'm watching the series Elementary as well, come to that.
cerrberus: Metropolis_Mariacerrberus on December 17th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
BOL w/the cats.
The only problem I had with Fry was his obviously broken nose vs Mycroft's insistence on keeping from danger and exercise- but perhaps an early accident engendered the attitude?
barbara_hamblybarbara_hambly on December 18th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm guessing it's likelier that Mycroft either tripped on the steps of the Diogenes Club, or tripped on the way to a buffet-line someplace.
Galdrin ap Morgan: Spirit Wolfgaldrin on December 17th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Much as I dislike Robert Downey Jr., I have to admit that I really like him and Jude Law.as Holmes & Watson. Downey's Holmes reminds me a bit of broadcast television's 'Elementary'. And ... for Xmas my wife was thoughtful enough to buy me Seasons 1 & 2 of Sherlock (BBC). As a Holmes fan, you might also like Lindsey Faye's Dust and Shadow.
Professor Liddle-Oldmanliddle_oldman on December 17th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Downey's a lot better than portraying Holmes as a sociopath or a Complex Tortured Soul -- or Watson as a romantic interest.
cerrberus: spiral staircerrberus on December 17th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
But Holmes is a Complex Tortured Soul. My absolute favourite was Jeremy Brett, the best overall portrayal IMHO. But I do like the 2 Downey movies.
Professor Liddle-Oldmanliddle_oldman on December 18th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Holmes -- and of course this is my interpretation -- may be complex, he may be distant and cold (though his fondness for Watson shows through now and then), but he's pretty self-satisfied. He's comfortable in his competence, and doesn't much care about anything outside it.

Actually, now that I think about it, I'm thinking Sheldon Cooper with social skills...
magnet5 on December 20th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Liddle, well put.
I loved the first movie, thought the second got way too much into shtick. But the chess game between Holmes and Moriarty was marvelous.

Edited at 2012-12-20 11:34 pm (UTC)
tesslouisetesslouise on December 20th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
I didn't see the second Downey movie because I didn't care for the first one because it was too much of an action movie for me. I prefer a more cerebral Holmes. That said I LOVE the BBC Sherlock and was thrilled to discover that I can re-watch them for free via Amazon Prime (or maybe Netflix? one or the other, we canceled our cable and broadcast TV).