The third being: no Guy Ritchie. I’m sorry, but I like Guy Ritchie films. Apparently I’m currently fairly alone in this, judging from the box office from the Man From UNCLE and King Arthur flicks; but those were fun, dammit. And so were the Sherlock Holmes flicks. I am not entirely sure that the next one will be as fun.
Apparently. …Oh. Well. That is, well, somewhat unexpected. Guy Ritchie is a director who makes films that appeal to me, if apparently not that many other people these days; I had a lot of fun at The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and King Arthur.
So, I dunno. Maybe there’ll be a gun battle or two? I’d pay good money to have this flick suddenly shift to a modern-day street score with a snap of the genie’s fingers. Oh my God, but that would actually be amazingly good. I’m now almost mad that they’re not going to do that, in fact. At least it wouldn’t be boring.
I’m not even upset: it could very well be an awesome flick. It’s got fireballs and magic swords and Oliphaunts and dryads and exploding armies and kung fu and… OK, yeah, half of the SCA will be there on Opening Night and I’ll probably be one of them. Still. How did he get away with going gonzo like this?
Ace tipped me off to the new Sherlock Holmes movie (coming out in December): he’s got some thoughts about this one that you should check out. And before you start worrying, apparently Guy Ritchie (director) and Jude Law (Watson) are both Holmesians, while Robert Downey (Holmes) is… Robert Downey. So, there’s already a couple of good signs that it won’t suck.
But to segue, while looking up the answer to a question that my lovely wife asked (“Was Sherlock Holmes was the physical confrontation type?”) I came across bartitsu.org, a site dedicated to the… well, there’s some controversy whether bartitsu is a ‘real’ Victorian martial art, and not helped by the fact that Doyle called it ‘baritsu.’ Still, people seemed determined to reproduce it now; they have books out (Bartitsu Compendium, Volume 1: History and the Canonical Syllabus) and the aforementioned website.
And this article on the umbrella as a combat weapon is quite good, although I shall politely not address its claim to be an authentic journal article from the Victorian era.
[UPDATE] I have been informed in comments that the article is quite real. I stand abashed.
…Honestly, for no reason whatsoever except that I remembered it, and it’s just as funny now as when I saw it the first time. I suspect that Ritchie himself has had a drink lately and fired that puppy up, just to get a therapeutic chuckle or two out of it…