Sherlock Holmes is a fast paced, action packed movie, that has some excellent special effects and plenty of twists to keep you entertained throughout.
Robert Downey Jr plays the lead well and has a great variety of dry wit as well as crime solving action. Jude Law is his sidekick Watson and does a good job of playing the Dr who, evidently picks up the pieces left behind from Holmes' destructive manner in solving crimes.
The effects are fantastic and I particularly like the way a scene is played out and then returned to revealing the full story of how it came to be. The heroin is not the most convincing of characters but entertaining none the less. It is left open for a sequel but I don't think it would be anywhere on par if one is released.
A good watch overall.
For a character first published over a hundred years ago and appearing in many film and television series, it seemed unlikely that Guy Ritchie could create a Sherlock Holmes film that has anything new to say and that would appeal to a younger generation? However, he has.
He has done this by putting much more focus on the relationship between Holmes and Watson. The film creates a fantastic, previously unseen, relationship between Holmes and Watson. In previous Sherlock Holmes films Holmes was portrayed as a genius and Watson as a bumbling idiot. The film changes this by making the two protagonists more equal in terms of physical fitness and intelligence. There constant arguments and bickering echo Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid and Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon. This focus on the relationship between the two characters is what drives the story forward and creates the best scenes.
However, where the film disappoints is in the plot. The Sherlock Holmes novels, and some of the earlier film and television adaptations, had complex and intriguing plots and it is therefore disappointing that the plot is not very interesting. All the actors deliver fantastic performances and Robert Downey Jr clearly deserves the Golden Globe he won for the role. Jude Law also deserves credit for helping to create a new and unique interpretation of Watson.
The epic action scenes set in many iconic London locations and filmed in the director's signature style help the film appeal to a wider audience. Especially those who are not Sherlock Holmes fans. The best scenes in the film are the ones where Guy Ritchie does what he is most recognized for; creating witty dialogue scenes and stylish action set pieces.
Another area where the film excels is in Hans Zimmer score. It is dramatic, intense and playful when necessary and suits the film perfectly. The use of banjos, violins and piano help create a score unlike most blockbuster films. Best played loud.
This is not Sherlock Holmes the crime film, or Sherlock Holmes the detective thriller. This is Sherlock Holmes the blockbuster. It offers a new interpretation of Holmes for fans and is a great introduction to those who have yet to experience the fantastic world of Sherlock Holmes.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Robert Downey Jr picks up the pipe in Guy Ritchie&39;s action-packed reinvention of Arthur Conan Doyle&39;s Sherlock Holmes With the help of Watson (Jude Law) Baker Street&39;s super sleuth must battle through all kinds of trouble to solve a case that threatens the future of good ol&39; Blighty On a quest to solve a string of mysterious and brutal murders Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and his trusted ally Watson (Jude Law) plunge into a world of dark arts and startling new technologies where logic and a good right hook are the best crime fighting weapons Explosive action baffling mystery and astonishing intrigue follow the two in a race to uncover and foil a terrifying plot that threatens to destroy the country Director Guy Ritchie helms the all-action adventure reintroducing the great detective to the world Robert Downey Jr is the new Sherlock Holmes! Actors Robert Downey Jr Rachel McAdams Jude Law Mark Strong Kelly Reilly Eddie Marsan James Fox Hans Matheson Robert Stone William Hope William Houston Robert Maillet David Garrick & Terry Taplin Director Guy Ritchie Certificate 12 years and over Year 2009 Screen Widescreen 169 Languages English - DTS-HD Master Audio (51) Additional Languages French ; German ; Italian ; Spanish Subtitles English ; French ; Spanish ; Portuguese ; German ; Italian ; Danish ; Dutch ; Finnish ; Norwegian ; Swedish Duration 2 hours and 9 minutes (approx)
The great Victorian detective returns in this action thriller directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr (in a Golden Globe-winning performance), Jude Law, Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong. Based on a new story by producer Lionel Wigram using Arthur Conan Doyle's famous characters, the film follows Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr) and his loyal assistant Dr Watson (Law) as they deal with a mysterious new nemesis: Lord Blackwood (Strong), a cult leader and Satanist who harbours the most deadly of intentions. Abandoning the accepted portrayals of Holmes and Watson, as perfected by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in the films of the 1930s and '40s, Downey Jr's Holmes is a modern, bohemian man of action and intellect, while Law's Watson is no longer the bumbling fool of old, but a much sharper character with an eye for the ladies and a taste for gambling.