Geoff Boucher at the Los Angeles Times is pleased that Sherlock Holmes' partner in solving crimes is finally being portrayed on the screen as intelligent, which is how he was portrayed by Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson's creator, author Arthur Conan Doyle.
It’s a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes — you might call it “The Doltish Doctor of Baker Street” — and the scene of the crime was in Hollywood the day before April Fools’ Day 1939.
That’s when 20th Century Fox released “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” the first of 14 films starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson, that daring duo from Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed books. Doyle has deeply devoted fans across the globe and through generations, and the eager ones who went to see “The Hound of the Baskervilles” in theaters back in ’39 were surely shocked when they realized there was something very different about this new Watson: The man was a complete idiot.
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The above photo shows Robert Downey Jr as Holmes on the left, and Jude Law as Watson on the right.