Sherlock Holmes Essay

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The Analytical Sherlock Holmes Who Packs a Punch Many critics have argued that Guy Ritchie has turned Sherlock Holmes from a detective with great analytical skills into an action hero. A good example is the “Going Native” article written by David Denby in which he talks about Ritchie turning Holmes into a “twenty-first-century action hero”. From my perspective, I do agree with Ritchie turning Holmes into an action hero, but I also believe that Ritchie keeps Holmes analytical skills in what I call “diagnostic fights.” These diagnostic fights are the slow motion fight scenes which will be explained further later on. Ritchie always had the goal of incorporating “intense action sequences” into the movie (Singh). For Ritchie, stated in a CBS News interview, the movie meant “reverting back to his boyhood.” He goes on to say, “I went to boarding school when I was young…they use to have speakers in all the dormitories, and we went through the entire series. Sherlock Holmes used to talk me to sleep every night” (“Guy's Take”). In a newspaper called The Guardian, Ritchie says that he wanted to make his film more “authentic” to Doyle (Brown). This “authenticity” is explain in the following statement in The Telegraph, Ritchie says "There's quite a lot of intense action sequences in the stories, sometimes that hasn't been reflected in the movies” (Singh). As for the film itself, it is clear to see that Ritchie reached his goal for “authenticity” to Doyle because of the multiple, intense action scenes in the movie. Even though Ritchie does this, Holmes still retains his supernatural analysis skills through observation. In this movie, Holmes finds himself thrown in a battle between wits with a villain named Lord Blackwood. Holmes and Watson originally already captured Blackwood which whom was sentenced to be hanged. After his hanging, he supposedly roused from the grave with

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