Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Review/Facts: Sherlock Holmes Vs. House MD

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Sherlock Holmes: Movie Review

First off, I want to talk about the movie starring Robert Downey Jr. (Holmes) and Jude Law (Watson). The overall story was fun and entertaining. I enjoyed the mystery and found myself wondering how it was all happening the entire film...after all, magic can't be real, though some of the characters in the film want you to believe so.

There really isn't a ton of romance in the film which I felt was fine. After all, I feel the main relationship is the one between Holmes and Watson anyway. However, Rachel McAdams does star as a previous love of Holmes, though she's caught up in some tricky business that doesn't allow them to really be together...unless they are getting out of some sticky situations.

The humor in the film was great. I'm a big fan of comedy, whether it's added to an action/romance film or is supposed to be a comedic film. The dialogue between Holmes and Watson is fantastic and allows you to see just how close they are, as well as what Watson will put up with being Holmes' friend.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film and would definitely pay to see it in theatres again...which does say something about a film's worth to me.

Sherlock Holmes vs. House

Now, I don't mean "versus" in a competitive nature. This is simply to show you just why Holmes and House are so similar...not that it wasn't done on purpose of course. But if you didn't know, House was loosely based off of the detective Sherlock Holmes. Here's how:


Can deduce a great deal from just looking at a person.


Can deduce and diagnose a great deal just from looking at a person.


Holmes' creator based the character on a doctor.


Greg House is a doctor


His name sounds like "Homes"


His name is another word for "Home"


Sherlock Holmes fought deadly criminals


Fights deadly germs, diseases and other medical problems.


Used cocaine to escape boredom


Uses Vicodin for pain in his leg, and also for boredom and the pain of dealing with "stupid" people.


Holmes calls even his best friend by his last name


House calls all his associates by their last names


Arrogant. Said humility would be a lie


Greg House is extremely arrogant.


Read the agony columns in the paper


Watches soaps, plays video games, etc.


Languid and lazy when not on a case.


Lazy until he is forced to look into something that intrigues him.


His closest friend had problems with a wound in his leg (although initially, the wound was in his shoulder)


Has a medical problem in his leg.


Music is very important to Holmes and he plays the violin.


Music is very important to House and he plays the piano.


Aloof, although less so with his only friend and roommate.


Keeps everyone except Wilson at a distance.


Sherlock Holmes lives at 221B Baker St.


In #207 "Hunting" we discover House lives at 221B — we see the number as House and Wilson leave in the morning (but we don't know the street). See a screen caption of the address clearly visible behind Wilson as he leaves House's home.

All of the above facts came from: http://www.housemd-guide.com/holmesian.php

If you check out the site, you can see some interview quotes about the show House and and even quotes from Sherlock Holmes that the site feel relate to House and his world.

Another thing I noticed that was similar that wasn't on the list is the fact that Holmes' best friend is John Watson and House' best friend is James Wilson.

I hope you enjoyed the information presented. Let me know what you think of the review/info in the comments. Did you know all this already? What did you think of the film?


Adriana said...

I love House so I really want to see Sherlock Holmes, hopefully I'll go this weekend.

~The Book Pixie said...

LMAO! I can't believe I never noticed that before. XD I'm now ashamed to call myself a Sherlock Holmes and House fan. Such an awesome post.


P.S. Hugh Laurie aka House is really British. Atleast I knew that much. lol.

*Mirage* said...

Love the trivia collection about House & Holmes! My husband is a big House fan, I'll have to show this to him! :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Adriana: Oh, I hope you enjoy it if you see it this weekend...or whenever you do. :)

Briana: Thanks for the comment. And I wouldn't have realized it on my own either I highly doubt, so I'm glad I could share. And yes, he IS british. way to be for knowing that! some don't.

Mirage: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it.



ali said...

Haha! I saw the movie and loved it AND I love House ~ but I hadn't spent the brain power to realize all those similarities. Now I'm gonna have to go tell my husband and he'll think I'm (err, YOU) are brilliant ;)

Erin said...

I really enjoyed the movie too. I am hoping that they make a sequel... I never thought about the similarities of House and Holmes. That was fun to read about. Good to know!

ladystorm said...

That is really funny I would never have realised that. I am not a huge House fan but have watched it from time to time. I love how House is a arrogant tell you how it is doctor...and I soooooo Loved Sherlock Holmes!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Ladystormm: I do love that about House too. And Sherlock Holmes was great, glad you agree.

Erin: Glad you enjoyed it and yes, I'd LOVE a sequel.

Ali: haha well, thanks. I wish it was all my understanding but it's good fun to know.


Elise said...

I LOVEEEED Sherlock Homles! :-) It's totally my type of movie.

ninefly said...

now you've got me going and getting the first season of House and watching like mad. this is not necessarily a bad thing. thanks. =D

Book Monster said...

Hah but holmes came first so house is based off of holmes :) If we're looking at it at that term, I so pray there is a sequel of this :)

robin_titan said...

Totally did not know this but it's so true! I love Holmes and House! ;)

memory cards said...

The franchise has got itself two cracking characters and one enticing setting. Now all it needs is a half-decent story to go with them.

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