Director Guy Ritchie is perhaps best known for his modern-era, British crime stories, so it should be interesting to see how he handles a more classical British crime fighter, Sherlock Holmes. USAToday got a set visit to Ritchie’s new version of Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes, Jude Law as Dr. Watson and Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler.
From the looks of things, Ritchie’s version will draw on some ideas mentioned in Holmes-creator Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories, but not really developed before in any film adaptation. For instance, Downey’s Holmes will know a martial arts style called “bartitsu.” As Ritchie explains, “It’s a kind of Japanese street fighting. It uses walking sticks, bowler hats, choke holds to put people to sleep- any practicle means possible.”
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