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Friday, October 23rd, 2009 11:06 pm
Because everyone else is posting Teh Shiny New Sherlock Holmes Trailer (and shiny it is, specially the bull-pup. Film still looks still daft as a brush, but a rather more entertaining prospect than I previously supposed), and I want in on the action... ;)

...I present this rather well-executed take on one of the earlier ones. (Not my work, I'm just reposting it here.)

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I loved that movie as a kid.

BTW, coincidentally I just watched Four Feathers. Thought of you.
Friday, October 23rd, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Kids' classic, totally. And RDJ looks a lot better as a mouse, if you ask me. XD

Oh aye, the newest Four Feathers? What did you make of it? I do like it, and rewatch it a lot, but (to me) there's bits of it that seem to misfire quite spectacularly. :S (We weren't defeated at Abu Klea, damn it!)
Friday, October 23rd, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
It must have been the newest Four Feathers as I recognize the characters in your icons. However I must admit that I didn't know there were any predecessors. I did enjoy it, and of course the costumes were wonderful. Some of them reminded me of the evening mess we wear in the U.S. army. The lineage of which surely goes back to the British army. I would have preferred that Ethne had stayed with Jack though. I liked him better than Harry.
Monday, October 26th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
I think it's about the seventh's a popular old book, so it is. :)

I found it, I'll admit, a bit frustrating. It seemed to uneasily straddle the line between being a blistering condemnation of the British Empire or an Epic Adventure, and ultimately unsure of which way to jump. (Tree-huggin' liberal Trot that I am, I'd have preferred the first, but I could have settled quite happily for a straightforward Boy's Own adventure yarn.)

Also, thought it fell down in parts - I couldn't quite find Ethne convincing, and it seemed to simplify Harry's whole dilemma with not a great deal of explanation. Ledger did a good job in the lead, and was very watchable - especially his scenes with Hounsou (who was great), but the script didn't do them many favours. Also, I'd have liked to see a lot more of him and Durrance - we're constantly told that they're devoted best friends, but aside from a few minutes of getting-pissed-together, Durrance defending him to the others, and the admittedly moving reunion scene near the end, there wasn't a great deal of evidence shown for that. (Also *cough* We Were Not Defeated At Abu Klea *cough*.)

Basically, I felt they could have made so much more of the book. I know there was a hell of a lot of footage edited out from the rough cut in order to trim the length down, and I wouldn't mind seeing that.

Oh, well. I'm hypercritical sometimes. On the good side, I do greatly enjoy it, perceived flaws and all (hell, Waterloo has some gaping plot/accuracy holes, but it's a firm favourite). Cinematography's bloody gorgeous - the Abu Klea sequence especially. I particularly liked the use of the colour palette - contrasting the dark and muted background against the very vibrant red coats for the England scenes, then those same red coats getting dulled and and greyed by the sand/dirt later, seemed possibly symbolic - imagined adventure against the mundanity of home service, and then once out waging warfare in the Sudan, everything getting a bit mucky, in more ways than one...*

*Contender for The Most Pretentious Sentence Used In An LJ Comment During October '09, yeah. :P

And yep, the costumes were fantastic. Most of the British Army's dress uniform is also very close to the Victorian style (just did a look-up of US mess dress pics, and I can certainly see what you mean!). Though I did spend some considerable time fuming over Red Coats Being Used Anachronistically, admittedly. Still, I'm willing to forgive that particular inaccuracy purely on the strength of Wes Bentley looking damn dashing in his. XD

Sheen as Trench was bloody brilliant, and Durrance fantastically intense. I'm with you - truth be told, I also liked him lots better than Harry.

Apologies for essay-length comment there!; it's all been kicking around in my head for a while.
Monday, October 26th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
I also noted that the British uniforms would have been Khaki colored instead of red. But like you I just liked the look of htem so much that I was willing to forgive it. The outcome of hte battle was less so forgivable, especially considering the thrashing the Brits gave the Mahdi at the time. I think the story could have been just as intense had histyory been follwed.

As for the aim of the story I am with you in being somewhat unsure. There did seem to be many anti-war aspects. At the same time it also celebrated the warrior culture of Britain that has subsequently been imparted to the U.S. We share so much culturally it's nutty. Personally I have nothing against the old empire (other than that whole revolution thing of course). Maybe that's because I haven't experienced the effects of British dominion, but it really was an amazing time in terms of military folly, and outstanding costume. Honestly I thik the character of Durrance much more compelling. And I wish the movie would have spent more time on him. His devotion to his comrades and his martial skill were all fascinating.

Speaking of costume, I wore even mess at my wedding and I must say that I felt like a million bucks. My bride was of course the most stunning part of hte whole thing, but I don't think I disappointed. It's rare these days that a fellow has occassion to wear his medals and look sharp.
Friday, October 23rd, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, bliss! Oh, joy! Oh, raptors!
Friday, October 23rd, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! That mouse is the best Holmes. I love that mouse.
Sunday, October 25th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Creepy random Holmesfen running on your lawn, but uh, that is pretty much the most hilarious thing I've seen all day! I really kind of don't remember the trippy girl with a crystal though was that Ferngully, heh.

Also, your icon reminds me how much I need icons from that comic. THAT'S NOT A CLUE WATSON, THAT'S YOUR JAR OF JAM.
Monday, October 26th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)

No, you are very welcome (and not so random - I recognise you from Other People's Journals!) Sit yourself down and have a cuppa tea. :D

The vid definitely = work of genius. I don't remember that girl either, though!

I'm intending to make a few more LJ icons from that strip soon, which you're very welcome to - JAM! included (no credit needed for me, just to [ profile] beatonna for the art). :)
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
I guess I might as well wander on in and put my feet up on the table and eat the last of your biscuits? :D

Seriously though, we have a lot of common pals and I need to stalk you creepily for JAM related icons, so consider yourself driveby friended.
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
You might as well indeed ('scuse the cat hoovering up the crumbs there). Drive-by friending right back at you, sir. :D