sherlock holmes and the 1800s

The movie Sherlock Holmes is definetly one of my new favorites. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, who played Sherlock and his sidekick, Watson, both acted superbly. I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes, my favorite being the famous Jeremy Bratt as Holmes in the British: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

The only thing about the new movie that Holmes fans find a bit annoying is the excess explosion-action scenes, which are lacking in Sir Canon Doyle, the writer’s, original stories. It was more detective, intellectual work than action. Nevertheless, it made things more interesting, thats for sure.

Some curious facts about the original Holmes stories:

  1. in all stories, he is describes as messy and bohemian-like. This was shown in the scene of Sherlock Holmes where he’s been couped up in his roomfor two weeks, and the room is a mess.
  2. is chronic use of the tobacco pipe; probably his most prized posession. The best scene in the movie that showed this was his swimming to the rescue boat, pipe in mouth.
  3. he has an enlarged ego that tends to get in the way at times. For example, in the movie, he was so obsessed with proving his intelligence to Watson’s wife-to-be, that he misread her past and insulted her.
  4. in the stories, he used a wide-range of drugs, including coke, morphine, etc.
  5. the only women he ever loved was Irene Adler, for her impressive way of outwitting him. She was played by the lovely Rachel McAdams.
  6. holmes was a bare-knuckle fist fighter, and scenes of these appear in the very beginning and other parts of the movie.
  7. Doyle supposedly wrote Holmes and Watson to have a subtle homosexual relationship. Whether this is true is unknown.

What I liked most about the movie, being a fashionista, were the clothing. Here are some of my favorite examples of late 1800’s, early 1900’s style clothing shown in the movie:

this was my favorite outfit; the dress underneath was of some kind of thick shiny favric with bunches of ruffles from the middle back down to the floor; tight in the front like a corset. Here, she is also wearing the popular giant hat with flowers atop, and the overcoat/petticoat that women wore instead of men-style jackets.

I abosolutely loved the black dress she wore, lacy in the front. Her bonnet is also a popular style, complimenting her hair nicely. Although, it kind of looks like shes headed for a funeral.

here, sherlock is wearing a black jacket and Watson a brown with the nice chained pant-suit they wore back then. Both are wearing the popular bowler hats.

I thought the movie did a great job of showing England in the late 1800’s early 1900’s, with awesome costumes.

Overall, I thought the movie was great and would recommend it to anyone.

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