I have to admit that I was totally prepared to love Sherlock Holmes from the minute I had heard it was coming out, and I’m happy to report that I wasn’t disappointed. This may be an action-hero Holmes, but he jived well with the image I had in my head, and Robert Downey, Jr. was the perfect actor to bring him to life. He’s tough, sarcastic, doesn’t care about social niceties, and is certainly not above a makeshift costume. Watson is right beside Holmes throughout the adventure, and they encounter Irene Adler, who is dangerous in her own right.

It also made me want to get out the Holmes stories and novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that I have around the house. I read “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” right before Christmas, but it’s not my favorite of the lot. I especially want to reread “A Scandal in Bohemia,” the story that features Irene Adler.

To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. (“A Scandal in Bohemia”)

This is also the story where Holmes receives, as part of his payment, the picture of Irene Adler that sits on his desk in the movie. It is one of his prized possessions.

See the movie. Read the stories. What more can I say?


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