Movie Question / discussion: the new Sherlock Holmes (2009) (possible spoiler alert if you intend on seeing it) Answered
Mostly I am wondering what you all thought of the movie (those that have had the pleasure of seeing it, of course).
Some things I found interesting/disturbing/unsettling/perplexing:
The movie is either set in a time period where Holmes is much younger then is portrayed in the original series, or he has been "remade" into a younger character.
I noticed that NO mention, nor even hint of Holmes' "opium" use (his greatest vice) was in the movie. However, there is a reference to cocaine (even if not "by name" early in the movie - i.e. "liquid that Holmes was "drinking", Watson refers to its use in eye surgery).
As true to the books, Holmes refers to his form of reasoning (incorrectly) as "deductive", and does so when speaking to Dr. Watson also. The correct "label" for this type of reasoning is "inductive".
My life partner and wife found it difficult to follow a story line that kept recursing on itself: In several scenes, Holmes describes how he was going to accomplish something (taking down an opponent, for instance) and they would show what he was describing; then they would show it actually happening.
A few scenes recursed from different perspectives (one example: when Irene leaves Holmes' residence for the first time after making her first "proposal" to Holmes, is shown getting into a carriage and a beggar stumbling into the scene; moments later, the scene is shown again, this time from HOLMES' perspective, what happened (when He disguises himself as a beggar) .
I do not remember reading in the books and short stories much about Watson's wife, although, brief mentions here and there are made (in the books and short stories) they are almost all contradictory in nature.
I thought his "inability to always remain focused" and able to sort out the "information overload" quite intriguing .