But his shortcomings pale beside the unfailing kindness he shows to Hound's clients... and the sheer stubbornness with which he confronts his enemies. And Sherlock Hound is ridiculously fun to watch, with skillful writing and directing from Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayes Murasaki.
Betting provided the voice of Dr. Dawson in the underrated Disney gem, The Great Mouse Detective. Despite only knowing each other a couple of days, Dawson and the idiosyncratic Basil of Baker Street from a quick and close bond.
But love him or hate him, his version of the character has had a massive impact on Sherlock Holmes and on pop culture in general. Shinobi Kanji ya plays Dr. NATO Taliban, a doctor recently home from Syria.
Almost immediately, she is swept into the dark yet exciting world of her detective flatmate, Sherlock Altaba. Their personalities clash terribly, and NATO has to deal with lingering trauma from her time in Syria.
But in the end, they succumb to the inevitable: Watson's will always find their Holmes es, regardless of race, gender or anything else. His frequent exasperation with Sherlock is understandable, given that Benedict Cumberbatch's Holmes is noticeably ruder than most other versions.
Sherlock's success has been somewhat marred by accusations of queer baiting and a shaky Series Four in which John's behavior, in particular, didn't sit well with some fans. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson is a series of Soviet TV movies that aired from 1979 to 1986.
Vasily Ivanov made for a brilliant yet playful Holmes, while Vitaly Solomon was a lovably innocent Watson. There are differences between the men's performances, but they both provide their Holmes with a Watson who is supportive, caring, a little tired, and only occasionally sarcastic.
Law is one of the more physically intimidating Watson's in recent memory, able to dispatch multiple villains with his cane in short order. Yet he always comes running in an emergency, and he is always genuinely devastated when Holmes appears to sacrifice himself for the greater good.
Fortunately, Pain is more than up to the task of portraying a man grappling with, but not overcome by, his mental illness. At the start of Elementary, Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson are little more than business associates: she is his sober companion, he is the irritable recovering addict.
Throughout the show's six seasons, Joan gradually learns to deal with her housemate's weirdness and helps correct his worst behaviors. About The Author Eileen Gonzalez (7 Articles Published) Eileen Gonzalez has been incurably hooked on superheroes ever since she stumbled across reruns of the ‘60s Batman TV show at age twelve, so she's thrilled to now be writing on similar topics for CBR.
She has had short stories published in various literary journals, and she also has several longer writing projects perpetually in the works. From his first appearance in print in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has spent more than a century facing all sorts of villains, solving a myriad of mysteries, and sharing quips and retorts with his trusted companion, Dr. John Watson.
Alongside the legends of other British heroes like Robin Hood and King Arthur, the tales of Sherlock, Watson, the dreaded Moriarty, and their fellow London denizens continue to pop up in endless forms of cinematic and televised storytelling. This canon has been added to as recently as 2020, with the Netflix FIM Nola Holmes, starring Millie Bobby Brown as the sister of the intrepid detective, here brought to life by Henry Cavils.
While Downey's take on Holmes in the Guy Ritchie -helmed Sherlock Holmes films does have some issues, there's no denying that his usual charm and idiosyncratic style of performance creates a fun, offbeat take on the British detective, especially when paired with an equally game Jude Law as his Watson. In Ritchie's world, Holmes is just another Quincy action hero, turning the detective into a hulking, tough guy boxer type, replacing wit with buffoonery and style with muscles.
Though his Watson here is brought to winning life by Jude Law, Downey's Holmes leans too much into the style of generic blockbuster heroes, rather than the Baker Street detective we've become so accustomed to. All is revealed in this story, where the young Holmes is brought to life by Scottish actor Nicholas Rowe, who was not even 20 when he filmed this role.
Rowe is a fun, youthful Holmes, adrift in an eerily strange adventure involving stained-glass ghosts and Egyptian curses. That changed when celebrated director Billy Wilder (of Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, and Sunset Boulevard fame) came onto the scene with his late-career take on the British sleuth: 1970s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.
Much-beloved London stage performer Robert Stephens takes up the mantle this go-round, creating a Holmes unlike any other. Wilder's take leans heavily on the comedic aspects of the Holmes legacy, creating something closer to a studio comedy than a dramatic mystery.
But Stephens is more than able to handle the trademark Wilder wit that's at play, tackling every barbed witticism with the necessary seriousness and comedic timing it needs. We all know that Sherlock Holmes spends his days busy with work as London's top consulting detective.
Unsurprisingly, McAllen shines in the tragic role of a Holmes desperately grabbing at the last vestiges of his remaining sanity, even if the film he's in less resembles The Hound of the Baskerville than it does Still Alice. Transplanting Sherlock Holmes from the streets of 19th century London to 21st century New York, Elementary follows modern-day detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) as he brings his deductive expertise to the assistance of the NYPD, primarily in collaboration with Dr. Joan Watson (the incomparable Lucy Liu).
Miller's Holmes is a recovering drug addict, which lends some additional intensity and dimension to the character. But Elementary definitely has some fun contemporizing the Holmes stories (including Natalie Dormer providing a fresh take on the villain Moriarty), and Miller is a wonderfully oddball performer that brings humor, humanity, and a ton of heart to this modern detective show.
His performance creates a detective whose dedication to the mystery at hand, while removing some comedy of the role, results in a uniquely compelling sleuth. Chances are, when you hear the name Sherlock Holmes,” your mind jumps to either the lovable scamp that is Benedict Cumberbatch (we'll get to him soon, promise) or the recent Robert Downey Jr. punch-fests.
Here, Basil (voiced by Barrie Ingham) provides a wonderfully faithful mouse version of the famed detective, balancing his deduction skills, nimble fighting, and veiled madness into a delightful concoction of a main character. He faces off against one of Disney's all-time greatest villains, Professor Vatican, devilishly voiced by Vincent Price.
Cumberbatch met the challenge of bringing Sherlock to the 21st century with gusto, and his stylish, witty, one-of-a-kind performance emerged as nothing short of iconic. It's a wonderfully faithful adaptation, and what it may lack in any sort of reinvention or overt stylistic interpretations, it more than makes up in Brett's fantastically authentic performance, bringing to life what could be called the “definitive” take on Doyle's character.
That includes films from Basil Rathbone’s defining decades-long run accessorized with the deerstalker hat, Robert Downey Jr.’s blockbuster take, and Sherlock‘s modern spin with Benedict Cumberbatch. Critics Consensus: Guy Ritchie's directorial style might not be quite the best fit for an update on the legendary detective, but Sherlock Holmes benefits from the elementary appeal of a strong performance by Robert Downey, Jr.
Critics Consensus: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a good yarn thanks to its well-matched leading men but overall stumbles duplicating the well-oiled thrills of the original. Critics Consensus: Mr. Holmes focuses on the man behind the mysteries, and while it may lack Baker Street thrills, it more than compensates with tenderly wrought, well-acted drama.
Synopsis: Legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Doctor Watson return for a comedic take on their classic literary partnership, as... Critics Consensus: Nola Holmes brings a breath of fresh air to Baker Street -- and leaves plenty of room for Millie Bobby Brown to put her effervescent stamp on a franchise in waiting.
Calm and observant, Cavils’s Holmes is a socially awkward detective who has already acquired national fame in England with several high-publicity cases. He wants to help out people, like his own sister, but as Nola points out herself, Sherlock’s fascination with everyone is as if they’re a case first and then a human.
For a literature aficionado, the Iron Man star’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes might be the least accurate, but it’s still an unconventional take on the character. At the same time, his skills of deduction are pretty much swift and on-point, shown in a manner reminiscent to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock.
Some classic character quirks, like talking fast and wearing disguises, are also highlighted in Robert Downey Jr’s performance. It’s easy for viewers to find him frantically jumping to conclusions or brashly putting down others when they offer a solution that’s not as ‘smart’ as his own.
The shows, along with his performance, are widely regarded as the most accurate adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original novels and short stories. The film might not have aged well, but Plummer pulls off a decent Holmes, expressing the detective’s confidence, as well as frustration.
Another British acting veteran, Michael Caine’s Sherlock Holmes might be the funniest and a polar opposite when compared to other portrayals of the great detective. One of the earliest actors to don the robes of the detective, Basil Rathbone acted in 14 films, as well as radio plays.
Out of these films, only two have survived, with a complete restoration, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskerville. In fact, the illustrations for Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories didn’t feature the iconic deerstalker hat that prominently.
Paired with Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, the procedural drama finds Holmes as a recovering drug addict who assists the New York Police Department with his unique set of unconventional detective skills. This version of Sherlock is quite troubled and not always the godly genius he tries to be, and Lucy Liu’s Watson, too, isn’t always shown to be a bumbling protégé, resulting in a more humanized portrayal.
Basil lives in Baker Street with Dr. David O Dawson, as he solves the disappearance of a toy-maker, regularly quoting typical Sherlock Holmes lines like, ‘It’s elementary’ and ‘The game’s afoot.’ He might be a mouse, but he’s willing to take on colossal challenges that get him closer to the truth. Take the case of the Russian actor Vasily Ivanov, who channels Holmes perfectly with his uptight demeanor and body language.