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Monday Morning Movie Break

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After all that’s gone on in Wisconsin, and in the United States as a whole the past few weeks, I needed a break. 

So I took one, and watched the most recent movie Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr., as the title character and Jude Law as his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson.  I enjoyed it a great deal, as it’s a different take on a character I thought I knew all too well after devouring all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories and reading all the best science fiction and fantasy “knockoffs,” some of which are diverting in their own right.

See, in this last movie version, Sherlock Holmes is played as a guy who’s not merely cerebral and/or half-touched in the head, but also a prime physical specimen, which I didn’t expect to see at all even though it follows from the text.   (How could Sherlock Holmes have done all the things he was said to do without being in excellent physical shape?  Especially when you consider all the drugs Holmes sampled, partly for the sake of research and partly to get away from the tedium of daily life.)  Downey, Jr., has always been among my favorite actors because he’s obviously not  just a pretty face; he’s intelligent, has a sense of humor, and doesn’t take himself too seriously, which all served him well here.

How did I miss this movie when it came out in 2009?  I’m not sure.  But I’m glad I caught it now, because it’s well worth watching — the only thing that I’m sure was not period was the cleanliness of the London city streets as depicted.  (No streets could be as clean as that; not our modern ones with all our technology and lack of horses, certainly not the ones back then without the tech and with the horses.)

Watching this movie helped me to remember that there’s still some things I haven’t experienced in this world that might be worth the time, as I’d really been fretting over the state of the world (and my place within it) again, partly due to whatever cold or flu bug I’ve picked up this time.

There’s a lot of things that are completely out of my control.  I’ve known that since I was small, and that lesson was reinforced considerably after two of the most important people to me in the world died (my Grandma in 1999, and my beloved husband Michael in 2004).  Watching the political world going wild, not being able to get away from it, and not being able to do very much about it gets to me.

I’m glad, and grateful, when anything can transport me away for a few hours — and this movie did.  I highly recommend it to anyone who loves intelligent action movies or appreciates Sherlock Holmes and believes that a really attractive guy like Downey, Jr., can play him as credibly as anyone — or maybe even a bit better.

Written by Barb Caffrey

August 8, 2011 at 5:55 am