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  •  The Downey films (3+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, Nailbanger, Aunt Pat
    OTOH, I'm not so thrilled by the Robert Downey Jr films, because they get so much of the Victoriana wrong and that gets on my nerves.
    I know where you're coming from, but I don't really see them as portraying Victoriana as much as steampunk. Dodgy Victoriana can be good steampunk.

    I get annoyed that they are ripping off the Sherlock Holmes name, but I like the movies just as fast-moving eye candy. :-)

    Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

    by elsaf on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 11:20:41 AM PST

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    •  I was surprised when I saw the first one ... (2+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, elsaf

      ... (I haven't seen the second) that it was more true to the characters than I was expecting.

      Yes, it was obviously done with a lot more emphasis on humor, action, adventure, and so on ... but I was especially surprised to see that Jude Law's Watson was probably one of the most accurate depictions of Watson -- a younger, more vigourous man, and definitely not stupid or slow.

      The depiction of Victorian England was also much more realistic than I was expecting.  (I was expecting more of a "fantasy" Victorian setting.)

      So, while I agree that it's not the books, my pleasant surprise and initial low expectations made it an enjoyable experience.

      •  I loved Jude Law as Watson (1+ / 0-)
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        niemann

        We finally had Watson as the young, vigorous, sexually desirable (and desiring) man of the books, not an elderly fussbudget who inexplicably found a pretty girl to marry him.  I also adored Kelly Reilly as Mary Watson, who's a strong, intelligent woman in her own right and not just eye candy.

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