Great Sherlock Holmes debate IV - Warner Bros

I see from the MX Publishing tumblr that the argument in favour of Warner Bros' depiction of Sherlock Holmes has been posted.

I feel I must comment on this slide.

The statement is made that Jude Law's Watson was the first to 'defy the "old and bumbling" stereotype'.

Excuse me but......rubbish. The presenter of this argument clearly is not that well versed in screen adaptations or chose to omit things that set her own argument back.

How about we look at Ian Hart? He may have starred as Watson only twice and in adaptations that had many things amiss but his Watson was not old and was not bumbling and he certainly pre-dates Law.

Ian Hart (right) with Rupert Everett in The Case of the Silk Stocking

I feel that the pro-Warner Bros argument doesn't stand-up with respect to Watson unless you omit to recognise Hart's interpretation. Also, although I'm not versed in it personally, what about the Russian series from the 80s? From what little I've seen that Watson was not bumbling either.

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  1. I think Jude Law is one of the better things about the new movies, but like you said, he was not the first to play a great Watson.

    1. Agreed. It was just the suggestion that Law was groundbreaking that I had an issue with.