I have just watched two of the trailers for “A game of shadows,” the soon-to-be-released film, written by Anthony Horowitz, writer/producer for various BBC mystery shows. After watching the frenetic activities of Holmes and Watson, I ask myself, Has Holmes become an action hero instead of a deep thinker? As a life long fan of Conan Doyle’s Holmes/Watson creation, I have to say yes, Holmes has been transformed into something altogether unlike the original. I say this without having seen the film, yet. But the mood, noise and blur of activity in the trailer seems altogether out of character. The “Seven Percent Solution” had some activity in it, but the focus and the interest was really on the character of Holmes, as Sigmund Freud tried to cure his cocaine addiction. Altogether, a much more creditable version of Holmes which displayed his legendary deductive powers. The very essence of Holmes’ uniqueness is his reasoning power. Who are these guys running through the woods? Was Watson limping? He should have been. It is mentioned in the original stories that Watson was actually a veteran of Afghanistan, where he got a Jezail bullet in his leg, which made the leg ache on rainy days.
To all Holmes fans I say, see for yourself. What do you think?