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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Adrift from the biologically tactical kung-fu skills of Robert Downey Jr’s hyper-intelligent and comically self-destructing portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Guy Ritchie’s 2009 feature, homage is paid to the very fictions that brought the original novels such fame and admiration. Dr. Watson’s love interest, Mary Morstan (upon meeting Holmes for the first time) states that she has ‘piles of detective novels’ and namely refers to Edgar Allan Poe, whose characters in The Murders In The Rue Morgue (1841) are said to be inspiration for Holmes.

Locked Room Mysteries
Poe’s The Murders In The Rue Morgue is arguably cited as one of the very first detective stories and provided inspiration for the creation of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Poirot. As well as this, it created the framework and commonalities of future detective fiction.

That’s ‘Who-done-it?’ by the way. This genre became solidified by the characters of Holmes and Poirot, paving way for the common elements of the eccentric detective rubbing the foolish constabulary’s noses in it, when he solves the mystery with a fairly hefty monologue of how the killer killed whoever he or she killed and almost got away with it…got it?

Just because the Americans want in on it, and no, I’m not talking about our free range eggs. The noir-esque brooding, heavy drinking, loner detective generally sulking and feeling sorry for himself, but going against the grain and fighting crime for some higher moral purpose. Cue the positioning of any wooden actor into this template and voila! Great movies materialize in front of your very eyes!



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