Sherlock Holmes: Compare the original Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes story with a modern adaptation

In this paper, you will compare the original Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes story with a modern adaptation in TV,

film, or another medium. Id like you to watch either 1 movie or 2 episodes before writing the paper. I would also like you 

to read this chapter from Conan Doyles A Study in Scarlet, which is the first meeting between Watson and Holmes: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/A_Study_in_Scarlet/Part_1/Chapter_1

Recommended Versions

  • Various Sherlock Holmes movies (starring Basil Rathbone from the 40s, available various places)
  • Sherlock Holmes (TV, starring Jeremy Brett from the 80s and 90s, YouTube and Britbox)
  • Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch from the 2010s, Netflix)
  • Elementary (starring Lucy Liu as Watson from the 2010s, Hulu and various places)
  • Miss Sherlock (Japanese version from 2018, HBO)
  • Either Robert Downey, Jr. movies (2010s, various places)
  • Enola Holmes (2020 Netflix film with Millie Bobby Brown as SHs sister)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (1986 Disney animated movie, Disney+)

Fyi: the first ever official adaptation of Sherlock Holmes was a play done in Brooklyn by a man named William Gillette. Heres an excerpt from a lost silent film he made. Until Basil Rathbone, Gillette was THE Holmes of his day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWmu11NLQSI

In writing the paper, I would look for:

  1. How faithful is it to the stories as far as you can tell?
  2. What in particular has been changed?
  3. Do they portray Holmes as a flawless hero, or does he have vulnerabilities?
  4. What are his values? Does he seem to agree with the status quo, or is he rebellious?
  5. Is Watson portrayed as smart or a fool?
  6. How are the villains portrayed?
  7. Does it have anything that particularly jumps out at you as being different? Why?
  8. Overall, what does this tell you about how the time period it was created in views Holmes differently?