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The Games Afoot

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What is it about Sherlock Holmes that is so enduring? I've been in love with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved Sherlock and Watson since I was about ten years old. This past week I went to see the latest Sherlock movie, A Game of Shadows and I loved it. I would have liked more romance to balance out the action, but it was still great and I'm coming around to like Robert Downey, Jr. as a different type of Sherlock, I had trouble with that in the first one with Downey, but he seems to have captured Sherlock's intellect and shrewdness in this one and I like it. Jude Law is great as ever as Watson.

Professor Moriarity played by Jared Harris is an excellent villain.

Here's a link about Doyle's Biography A paragraph on this site reveals a lot and so much I didn't know: " The young medical student met a number of future authors who were also attending the university, such as for instance James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson. But the man who most impressed and influenced him, was without a doubt, one of his teachers, Dr. Joseph Bell. The good doctor was a master at observation, logic, deduction, and diagnosis. All these qualities were later to be found in the persona of the celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes."

Also, I think he solved a dilemma that many of us struggle with. I wish it was this easy for me. He had a serious bout with the flu that nearly killed him. "When his health improved, he came to realize how foolish he had been trying to combine a medical career with a literary one. "With a wild rush of joy," he decided to abandon his medical career. He added, "I remember in my delight taking the handkerchief which lay upon the coverlet in my enfeebled hand, and tossing it up to the ceiling in my exultation. I should at last be my own master."

I love a great mystery. Is this what makes the team of Sherlock and Watson so enduring and endearing? This team goes on and on . . . why is that? 

My very favorite Sherlock Holmes book and movie was and is, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Do you have a favorite? 


  1. I remember as a child we used to watch the Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett and I loved that. Other than that I haven't had much experience with Sherlock - apart from the movies. Without other Sherlock actors to compare with, I loved Robert Downey Jr. Plan to go and see a Game of Shadows sometime over the Christmas holiday...

  2. I think you'll love Game of Shadows, DRC. So much action. It's quite an adventure.

  3. My husband and I have always loved Sherlock Holmes. The original Sherlock was more intellectual, but there's no denying that the action-packed Sherlock is a lot of fun to watch. We saw the movie last weekend and loved it.
    Catherine Hershberger, writing as C.D. Hersh

  4. Hi Catherine,
    It looks like it's going to be a continuing series. I hope it keeps on for awhile. :)