I will have one point of criticism for this new modernized version of Holmes: they are both missing something. i don't know what it is, but there's a quality to the books that doesn't seem to translate well to our hip societies.
I think what they're missing is the bluster and naive arrogance of the Victorian era, when men were men, women were women, and English virtues were the only
virtues worth owning. It had an aura of innocence and certainty that you can't recreate in a modern setting. Nor can you duplicate the romance that the imagery of a fog shrouded horse drawn London provided. Setting and the era are at the heart of Sherlock Holmes appeal. Much like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells needed a less technologically sophisticated world in which to create their wonders and make them believable within that context. Steampunk is trying to get some of that back, but it's still only a pastiche no matter how skillfully it's done.
Anyway, a friend of mine recommended I watch the British Holmes version from the 80s, which is supposed to be very good and authentic (Jeremy Brett is Sherlock). Here's the amazon link.
If you are at all a Sherlock Holmes fan you must
watch the Granada Television produced Sherlock Holmes series.
of them. Jeremy Brett is
Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. His interpretation and performance is totally authentic. And with the exception of a misguided attempt to add in a few stories not
written by Doyle, all episodes are uniformly excellent. Best of all, each episode is remarkably faithful
to the original Canon. A must see!
I'll also suggest the Inspector Morse
and the quasi-sequel Inspector Lewis
series. Best thing to come out of BBC/PBS Mystery
since Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes performance. Convoluted mysteries set in and around the lovely scenery of Oxford University. Well worth getting into. Both series are available on Netflix.