With just that single word, I have managed to make you recall one of literature’s finest characters. You may have never read any of the original stories, but you will almost certainly seen a glimpse of one of the many interpretations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work. Whether it be the older more classical adaptations, or one of the more recent ones to hit our screens, the character of Sherlock Holmes is always an interesting one.
After recently watching the new BBC series of “Sherlock” I thought it would be interesting to compare that to the recent film, so I rewatched it last night. I must confess that the BBC’s version was fun to watch, but the character of Sherlock was not one I liked. He lacked compassion and was too difficult to get on with for my liking. Robert Downey Junior’s version of the character was much more to my liking. He was not as brilliant as the BBC’s version, but this is only when compared to a character who is near perfect. His compassion was far greater and his relationship with Watson was more established. The film version I could live with and the BBC one I can admire, but only from afar. His intuition is of course second to none, but as a human being, he leaves a lot to be desired.
I initially felt that these two versions of the character were very different, but I neglected the facts, that which Sherlock himself never fails to consider. One is set at the beginning of the relationship with Watson the other at the end. Much time has passed, and time can change a man quite considerably. It is this that happens to Holmes, even in the books, and these two interpretation are just the same take with different settings.
The question now is to whether the BBC knows this, and are going to show the character progress or not. I will certainly enjoy the inevitable sequel to the film and I will watch the second series of “Sherlock”. Whether I will like that however remains to be seen, as the version in Sherlock is just a bit too raw for my liking.
Let me know what you think of the recent versions of Sherlock, which you prefer and why. All comparisons to the books are welcome, but spoilers on plot of either version should be marked as such.