1. “The Mazarin Stone” by Arthur Conan Doyle contains themes such as brotherly connection and cleverness. Holmes and Watson have this brotherly connection; they are a team and Holmes would not be able to solve all of his mysteries as effectively without his friend. When Holmes needed help, Watson made it very clear that he could be counted in because he had nothing else to do. Holmes is extremely clever when he slips the diamond in the lord’s pocket and the fact that he had a wax figure made of himself to distract his actual whereabouts.  
  2. “Sherlock Holmes” directed by Guy Ritchie contains themes such as quick thinking and manipulation. To solve crimes both Holmes and Watson have to think fast and anticipate their opponent’s next move. In one scene Holmes was fighting a challenger as a sport and editing was used to slow down and show the details of Holmes’ thoughts, which involved what he is going to do and even exactly the bones he was going to break and recovery time for his opponent. Manipulation occurs when Holmes left his gun on the table semi forcing Watson to come after him to help him. Also Irene tampering Holmes’ wine can be considered manipulation.
  3. An issue or problem involved with adapting the book into the film is that there are so many Sherlock Holmes stories. So it must be hard to base a movie off of just one because they are more like short stories. Guy Ritchie took the characters and principle of the film and made it his own. Also in the original Sherlock Holmes stories he did cocaine. That was not seen in the movie because it would take away from his heroic character and change the Hollywood rating to R. This is an issue because it is changing the story to please an audience in a different period of time.
  4. http://www.mysterynet.com/holmes/                                                                              This source tells a little bit about Doyle’s life including what he did before and after he invented Sherlock Holmes.                                                                  http://video.about.com/movies/Sherlock-Holmes-Robert-Downey.htm                                                                                                                                   This source is an interview with Robert Downey Jr. and in it he talks about how it was playing Sherlock Holmes and trying to balance the humor and drama of the character.                                                                                                           http://www.femail.com.au/guy-ritchie-sherlock-holmes-interview.htm                                                                                                                       This interview is essential in understanding the film because behind-the-scenes questions are asked that dig deep into important aspects of the film. Questions involving making a period film with a contemporary twist, how much Doyle originality Ritchie put in but also how Ritchie changed Holmes, and even the on screen relationship between Holmes and Watson. These questions are some of the ones that people think about when they watch a film that is based (loosely) on a book. This source helps give a better understanding of Ritchie’s intentions in making of the film and therefore helps people understand the film and see it in a different light. 
  5. Q: We see twice in the film Holmes’s clinical application of violence. Which does it show better: Holmes’s brilliant intellect, or his masculine physicality? Or does it show both equally well?

A: One scene in particular when Holmes was fighting an opponent in a ring shows his brilliant intellect and masculine physicality equally well which symbolizes Ritchie’s twist on the film. In a split second he knew what he was going to do to take him down and also had the strength to do so. This scene clearly shows it was the combination of both Holmes’s brilliant intellect and his masculine physicality that made him the detective that he is. Because Ritchie morphed Holmes into a character that he wanted him to be it changed Holmes and showed the audience the ultimate super hero figure. Ritchie did this to please an audience because just a smart detective would not be as appealing than a smart and strong one, he would just be a geek. This is a way that Ritchie tweaked Holmes’ character and made it his own.

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