Originally Posted by gdc_2008
Saw the preview and immediately thought that it looked like Van Helsing meets Wild Wild West...dear lord, a perfect storm of terribleness...
Indeed. And I loved Guy Ritchie's first two films. I don't even mind Jude Law - he played a bit part in one of the Jeremy Brett adaptations in the early 90s.
It's quite well known that some of the original stories are tripe, written only at the behest of those holding the purse strings for The Stand Magazine. By all accounts, Doyle himself grew tired of the character early on, seeing Holmes as a hindrance to recognition for his more serious literary works.The Valley of Fear
is a really good SH story, well worth a read.