I've known for a while that a new version of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson, has been in the works. Via The Little Professor, I finally got to see the trailer:
WTF? Is this for real? End of the world plots? Martial arts battles? Supernatural stuff? Daredevil stunts and explosions? Hookers? Does any of this sound anything like Sherlock Holmes??!!
Mind you, I'm not really complaining. Sherlock Holmes is a strong character, and his image and stories will survive any oddball interpretations. Anyway, I've enjoyed other interpretations of Holmes, in particular the collection Shadows Over Baker Street in which he battles Lovecraftian horrors.
It's just that, if I were to make a really ridiculous parody of modern action films and their "dumbening", I would make a film exactly like Sherlock Holmes! I'll still almost certainly go see it, but I'll have this latter clip in my mind the whole time: