405F: Film Digest 001

Hi everyone. First of all, I’d like to mention that the lovely people over at Sound Influx have been brilliant enough to make me Live Editor. This means that I’ve now got even more to do and I actually have to help other people, which could be interesting, but I’m happy to get the position anyway.

Secondly, just before Christmas, I joined the 405‘s film team as headed up by Danny Wadeson. I’m part of a group that writes weekly film awards for stupid things and then anything else on top I try for. My first piece went up a few weeks ago and I completely forgot to mention it, mainly because my name wasn’t put to it. Although this still hasn’t been changed, I’m going to put it here anyway.
The405 Film Digest // 7th January 2012

The 405 Awards
Award for: The Film Most Likely To Confuse Twitter #Hashtaggers Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

In a world where ITV can legitimately make entire shows about the #hashtags of the year and the world finds out about everything from the death of Kim Jong-Il to who’s out on X Factor at the click of a timeline, Twitter’s become one of the most innovative outlets for news, trivia and social updates. It’s not the most accurate in some situations however. A case for Sherlock Holmes perhaps?

Well, actually, he’s the problem. With the BBC releasing the new series of Sherlock on New Years day and fans viewing the new Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows movie over the holiday season, those tweeting the word Sherlock on twitter landed themselves in the same pot. For those who don’t look at twitter trends in depth (ie. Most of us), this isn’t much of an issue, but to anyone that fancies a quick look for procrastination or a long look for research of anything, it could prove to be a logistical nightmare. Stephen Fry, almost intellectual property of the BBC of late, plays Mycroft in GoS, which just complicates things further.

Mix that with the bro-mance between Holmes and Watson in both film and television adaptations are escalated to a point that you’d question it, you’ve got yourself a confusing set of parallel story lines. Guy Ritchie’s film version has been popular with film goers due to its blend of complex story line, comedy and drama mix and acting by the likes of Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. It’s mostly easy to follow and interesting throughout its 2 hour running time. The TV version, written by Steven Moffat (also the writer of Dr. Who) encapsulates most of what we enjoy about New Years tv. It’s easy on the eyes, thoroughly entertaining and has the twists that leave the whole family guessing. Without spoilers it’s hard to complain, although it does come across as a little cheesy at times, something the film also suffers.

That said, both are brilliant. In the tv show, it’s nice to see Benedict Cumberbatch live his badass side whilst also holding hostile romantic emotions as Holmes and across to its big screen cousin, both Downey Jr. and Jude Law bring a comedic yet not completely preposterous outlook to an often serious backdrop. If it was possible to give the award to both, it would be done, but rules are rules are rules, even if they’re new ones so #Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows wins the first award of its kind.

 

So there you have it. I’m now a rubbish film writer too! More stuff coming soon I hope.

This blog will be more active over the coming weeks, promise.
Take care of each other
Braden

 

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