Eccentric consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.
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Guy Ritchie isn't your typical director. He's very gritty. Known for his style, he has made films that are similar to Quentin Tarantino's work. His movies are original which is another word for different and wacky. But does "Sherlock Holmes" live up to Ritchie's other movies? Nope. Fortunately, the two main actors add charm and wit to their characters making this a fun ride.
The villain here is Lord Blackwood. After finally catching the serial killer, Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson think they've closed yet another successful case. But when Blackwood arises from the dead and starts his killing spree again, Holmes must continue his search.
The atmosphere of the movie is awesome. I've always been a fan of movies set in London during the Victorian Era. There's something very intriguing about the style, the amenities, and the clothes worn back then. Ritchie's style of camera work and England's 18th century style combined make for some very cool set decorations. But Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are really the ones that flow the movie. First of all, they've got the accents down pat. Secondly, when they're together they make the audience want to hear what they have to say. The two make us want to follow them on their journey as if it's real instead of just sitting and watching a movie on a screen. Law is smoothly calm and relaxed in his role and it's understandable that Downey was nominated for a Golden Globe because of his role due to his comedic timing and facial expressions.
The story here is stretched out way too far though. The first 20 minutes is so slow and I thought this was going to be one of the worst movies of 2009. The movie is too long and it spends way too much time on finding out the little details within the plot. I know this is a mystery and Sherlock is a detective and I agree that for a mystery to work we need to know small plot points. But a lot of the details are farfetched and unrealistic which weighs down the movie's authenticity. Also, Rachel McAdams is only in the movie for eye candy. Her performance feels tacky and immature.
But once again, Guy Ritchie's great style of editing shows here and it works. The music in the movie is one of the best scores this year as Composer Hans Zimmer uses a banjo, cimbalom, squeaky violins, and a broken pub banjo to bring out his notes. Downey and Law help bring out the feeling of the film and I think it's safe to say that Robert Downey Jr. has made the biggest career comeback in actor history. He’s come a long way from "Weird Science" to "Tropic Thunder" and I'm looking forward to "Iron Man 2" this summer.
The whole idea of Holmes as a drunken, narcissistic genius is entirely new and one that can be so absolutely entertaining. And truly, it was. Downey was wonderful with the part he was given and was a pleasure to watch.
The problem, however, lies with the rest of the movie. His love interest is neither sexy nor mysterious, and the audience is expected to care about her because....I'm unsure of the reason. Not to mention the flimsy plot and lack of general character development.
Honestly, though, if you're looking for a movie that you can turn your brain off throughout and still be marginally entertained while watching Robert Downey, Jr. fight people and ridiculously shot camera angles, this is perfect. One might make the argument that it's a smart movie with witty jokes that go over the average idiot moviegoer's head, so therefore it's a brilliant, witty film. Sure, but don't market it then as an action/slapstick comedy and forget to entertain that audience the whole movie.
Robert Downey Jr. gets it as sleuth Sherlock Holmes infused with honest sarcasm.
Jude Law as a younger dear Dr. Watson, great.
Loved Rachel McAdams as quick-witted beauty Irene Adler.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is smiling where ever he may be.
Great movie! Loved it. Great action. Great London backdrop, looked authentic, very different from the norm.
A must if you have a decent IQ, a love of witty dialog with an bit of sarcasm. Some fans found the quick witted phrases fly over their heads and I found myself laughing at the film and again as I felt for those fans. Perhaps they need to see it again and should.
This fan loved it and definitely will enjoy seeing it again.
At the Movies
Sherlock Holmes (PG) * * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Advance notice on Sherlock Holmes looks like a lock for Warner Brothers to finish the year off with a bang. Just like the summer the studio unleashed the mega successful The Hangover with little star power or buzz word of mouth is sky high for Guy Ritchie’s latest journey. Check out all the fun at the Empire Oakridge Cinemas, Empire Esplanade 6, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.
Back with a vengeance is Robert Downey, Jr. who dazzles as Sherlock Holmes. Unlike the classic more serious Basil Rathbone classics for Universal Studios from the 1940s this new look at an old hero is high camp in the extreme. After a lackluster somber effort in The Soloist Downey is in firm command as the hip and slick sleuth from the Isles who locks horns with an evil madman out to, you guessed it right, take over the world.
Deduction is Sherlock Holmes forte and he has ample time to piece together scores of clues as London is under more than a fog. Apparently a British nobleman who goes by the name of Lord Blackwood has created quite a stir. Cold and calculating is the sincere portrayal by Mark Strong (Body of Lies) whose use of the art of black magic strikes fear into all he encounters. Bent of power the only thing apparently standing in Blackwood’s way is a determined private eye who doesn’t exactly get along with everyone.
Odd man out in this piece is Dr. Watson. Jude Law (Alfie) nicely pulls off the role made famous by Nigel Bruce in the Rathbone series and is a perfect foil for Downey here. Together these two are wonderful as Ritchie directs a free wheeling free for all in this 128 minute outing that truly excels in production values.
Danger is everywhere in this movie but you need to pay attention as scores of “small” details all link up thanks to that brilliant mind of Britain (dare I say the world’s) top sleuth. Make no mistake about it, little humour is utilized here. But the tone is definitely more free-spirited and engaging than the no-nonsense original series that expanded the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle hero further afield. Downey will do likewise for a whole series of new fans that will get a kick out of his quick reasoning.
Fast and furious is the pacing but even more rapid are some of Holme’s musings. Often those words will fly by and go over the heads of many in theatres which is a minor quibble with the presentation. Stylistically you get a great look of old London here complete with horse and carriage through fares. Close calls and heroics are well choreographed and the tension and suspense really never lets up.
A very smart story featuring science, crime, the occult and a mystery villain all come into play in this flambouyant film whose bouncy music will also reel you in. Look for a sure fire second outing for this new Law/Downey team and a franchise in the making, much like the latter’s success with Marvel’s Iron Man.
Canadian talent also gets some notice here with rising star Rachel McAdam (Red Eye) quite appealing as a British lass caught in this intricate web of intrigue spun by your typical megalomaniac.
Fun from start to finish Sherlock Holmes is a rock em sock em affair that pulls no punches and offers an engaging time out of those winter doldrums.
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Great movie! Exciting from start to finish. Great screen play. Downey was so Sexy and the man who can solve mysteries.Jude Law was fantasic too!
Rachael McAdams was very pretty and great acting. This was one of the finest movies Hollywood has made. Most of the movies that Hollywood has come out with in the last few years have really been Borrrrring!!!
Loved it. Great action. Plot is very different from the norm. Costume designs were fantastic.
Witty dialogue. Intricate plott.
A must see! It is cool to see a movie from Hollywood where you feel you more than got more than your moneys worth.