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*happysigh*

The density of the set design and the props alone is enough to keep me squeeing for a while.

There are so many ways this movie could go horribly wrong* but I find it hard to get too worked up about the maybes. Just as long as I get to watch Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law fight crime in period drag, I'm happy. Because really, what's there not to love about that?

*Remember, Guy Ritchie is directing a screenplay by the guy who gave us X3, xXx:2 and Jumper.

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Date: 2009-05-11 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wicked-g.livejournal.com
I saw a photo of Rachel McAdams in trousers, and I hate to say it, but I hate it when in period films, they put women in trousers just to show that they're 'on the same level' as the men, and to prove that they're not weak and blah blah blah...

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Date: 2009-05-11 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
I'll have to go back and read the story, but her character is spoken of in Holmes canon as being as cunning and strong as a man, and other sorts of horribly sexist stuff. I don't remember if she does wear pants in the story (again, need to re-read) but I'm about 80% sure that's from Arthur Conan Doyle, not just the filmmakers.

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Date: 2009-05-12 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hoodlumxd.livejournal.com
In A Scandal in Bohemia, Irene Adler states in her letter "Male costume is nothing new to me", referring to her career as a contralto opera singer. So I'm not worried about her wearing pants in the film, but what I am concerned about is if Adler adds nothing to the plot of the movie. I would hate to have her just thrown in simply as a one-note villain (since she is going to be portrayed as "The Queen of the Underworld", as Rachel McAdams claimed in an interview) and just so Holmes can get some action. I would hope that they would portray her as a complex character, but I'm not expecting it. I certainly am not crazy about the interpretation of her being "The Queen of the Underworld", since I definitely wouldn't consider her to be an "evil" character in the original story. She is so far from that.

I must think more positive thoughts...this movie has RDJ in it. There we go.

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Date: 2009-05-12 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Ah, excellent! Thanks for the reference. I know I'm not going to be able to get to re-reading until later this week.

I... I try to think nice thoughts about Rachel McAdams because she went to my uni. I therefore want to believe that she'll act the hell out of whatever lame script they hand her, and she doesn't end up girl!Moriarty. Making her into some kind of crime genius (and I hadn't read that interview) takes away what made her interesting (to me and to Holmes). Being a smart woman whose ambition is to put her days of folly behind her, but without the implication that she's "reformed".

RDJ and Jude Law.

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Date: 2009-05-12 07:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wicked-g.livejournal.com
Either way, it's just so annoying. It doesn't make the female character stronger, it just makes her wearing trousers. Wearing skirts in a period piece doesn't mean you have to be the weakling female, I mean, think about it-have these people ever heard of Queen Elizabeth? Women have a history of being on equal footing with men in skirts and corsets. Show that.

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Date: 2009-05-12 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wicked-g.livejournal.com
I have a thing for historical accuracy in period films, as you can tell.

I never saw Kiera's P&P, but I know they stayed true to period fashion-and even though they made Lizzie 'rebellious' by wearing striped socks that were never seen in the film, that's the only type of "rebellion" in terms of fashion women would have made back then. To wear trousers is to be ostracised from society, no matter how high up you are in the ranks.

ALSO, aside from my being picky, making women 'strong' by giving them trousers is just another way of making them weak. Does no one know how hard it is to bike in heels and a dress? It's hard. I don't think men can do it, but women can do both. SUCK ON IT.

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Date: 2009-05-12 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Heh, no worries. That's nothing so strange as people in the SCA who get upset if you used a sewing machine to make a costume for a renfaire. Yeah right, I'll totally sew all these yards of fabric together by hand to basically work a retail job (even if it is a cool job).

There's a paper I read for a technology class that said the bicycle was a key instrument of women's lib because it forced radical changes in women's dress. Bustles and petticoats fail to make sense if you're on a bike.

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Date: 2009-05-12 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wicked-g.livejournal.com
SCA? Although, a renfaire would be a kick ass job-I love dressing up in those kind of clothes. And hell to the NO, I'm not sewing by hand. I can only just manage to sew on a button, jeez.

This is true. I have to really plan my outfits around my bike because of it-luckily, the weather still allows for tights, so if my skirt blows up a bit, I don't have to worry so much, but still, it's annoying.

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Date: 2009-05-12 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
The Society for Creative Anachronism, crazy nerdy medievalists who are way into period accuracy. And I worked four seasons of renfaire, so I know whereof I speak when I talk about long skirts, petticoats and corsets. Trackpants and a t-shirt are a fucking dream when compared with all that shit.

I am in awe of women who can bike while wearing a skirt. I'm way too uncoordinated for that (plus I'm scared of biking in Toronto, so...).

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Date: 2009-05-12 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wicked-g.livejournal.com
Are you kidding me? I'm petrified of biking in Toronto-I've driven there, you know! Here though, there's such a strong biking culture, we have biking street lights and our own lane. Woo! So it's pretty bike friendly here. But Toronto? I'm sorry, but no.

Aww man, that's so cool! Look, I enjoy biking in skirts and dresses, so the renfaire (how do I even know what that is?) is like, a dream job. Though, being in that many layers in the summer must be hard.

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Date: 2009-05-11 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] claraon.livejournal.com
Robert Downey Jr is hot.

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Date: 2009-05-11 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
You do not lie, m'dear. You do not lie.

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Date: 2009-05-11 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratefanatic.livejournal.com
Truer words have ne're been spoken!

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Date: 2009-05-11 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] claraon.livejournal.com
Licking icecream off his abs level of hot.

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Date: 2009-05-12 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Indeed (http://aslcdn.celebuzz.com/archive/2008/12/15/sherlock-holmes-robertdowneyjr-121508.jpg).

Speaking of, I'd also like to lick ice cream off these abs (http://www.superherofan.net/galleries/albums/superherofan-gallery/Celebrities/J/Jamie-Bamber/BATTLESTAR_GALACTICA-11.jpg). (Is he on the menu, too? Om nom nom.)

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Date: 2009-05-12 07:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] claraon.livejournal.com
Hmm Leemo is definitely on the menu. He doesn't have to talk. Just stand there and let us have our way with him. And then we move on to Samuel T. Anders (who is too hot to be shortened.)

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Date: 2009-05-12 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Kara Thrace was a lucky woman. Lucky lucky woman.

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Date: 2009-05-12 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratefanatic.livejournal.com
That image?

IS A VERY NICE THING.

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Date: 2009-05-13 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
I know this isn't strictly what they say when they mean the internet is for porn, but... you know... *waves hand*

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Date: 2009-05-12 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deleriumd.livejournal.com
droooooooolllllllsssssssssss

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Date: 2009-05-12 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
I thought at first he was holding a riding crop but upon further examination it proved to be a violin bow. Still hot.

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Date: 2009-05-12 06:54 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] imaria.livejournal.com
I've been looking forward to this for some time. Of course, I hadn't made the Guy Ritchie association yet, but I think I will choose to forget about that again.

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Date: 2009-05-12 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
And Jumper. Don't forget the script was written by the guy who wrote Jumper and X3. And xXx 2.

That said, I am going to do my damnedest to forget that, and to tell myself over and over that the writer always gets screwed and a strong script can get lost in several layers of bullshit during production.

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Date: 2009-05-12 05:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] imaria.livejournal.com
Jumper had such potential ;/ (X3 and xXx 2, I have nothing good to say.)

Honestly, I am hoping Downey Jr. can salvage whatever is thrown at him.

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Date: 2009-05-13 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
And it ended up being an excuse to watch Anakin get beat up by Mace Windu. (I haven't had the pleasure of seeing xXx 2, but reviews were not favourable.)

I have faith in RDJ. And, obviously, the set designers.

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Date: 2009-05-12 06:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serrico.livejournal.com
*happysigh*

This picture has improved my night. *thumbs up*

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Date: 2009-05-12 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
I know they want to make the movie all action-y and stuff but this picture gives me hope there will be at least one scene of them hanging out at their flat.

Also: pretty.
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