The new Sherlock Holmes movie – Robert Downey stays true to a literary icon

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. Watson, are mainstays of the mystery lexicon and have been brought to life for screen and stage more times than you can shake a magnifying glass at—but assuredly never before like they are in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. The brainy, iconoclastic, misanthropic, violin-playing resident of 221B Baker Street, London, as channeled by Robert Downey Jr. is another type of Sherlock altogether. And director Ritchie certainly brings an alternative sensibility to the adventures—and misadventures—of Holmes and Watson. Though Downey and Ritchie had not worked together before this film, they had admired each other’s craft. We sat down with them to discuss their collaboration...

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