Film Review: Sherlock Holmes

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Today I just saw the movie, “Sherlock Holmes”, and here is my review:

Plot/Synopsis: The film is taken place in London during the 1800’s just like the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. It is actually the year 1891 in the film. Serial killer, Lord Blackwood who is also a sorcerer is caught and arrested. He was also executed by being hanged. Somehow Lord Blackwood is still alive and escaped from his grave. Holmes and his partner, Watson (who is played by the great Jude Law), were asked by law enforcement to help track down Blackwood. Holmes discovered that Blackwood has mysterious powers by learning about his occult symbols that were drawn in his prison cell. In the film, Holmes teams up with Irene Watson to help find a red haired midget who is missing. They end up finding the midget inside Blackwood’s coffin, which is a sign that Blackwood has escaped. Holmes and Watson must catch Blackwood to have him arrested again before Blackwood kills more people.

I wasn’t so sure if this film was going to be any good or not. The reason I went and saw it, is because: 1) I like Guy Ritchie movies 2) I like Robert Downey Jr. 3) I like Sherlock Holmes stories. I was pretty surprised by this film because I find myself enjoying it a lot. It wasn’t bad at all as I thought it would be. It turned out to be very entertaining. Guy Ritchie did a fantastic job staying true from the Sherlock Holmes stories by Doyle. I thought Downey Jr. was the perfect choice for the Sherlock Holmes character. There was a lot of violence throughout most of the movie. Plenty of action scenes throughout. In the Sherlock Holmes stories, TV shows, radio shows, etc. they were supposed to be humorous, with the Sherlock character being weird and funny, all that. Robert Downey Jr, did a great job pulling that off.

Yes, from the trailers of the film, may seem kind of silly with Sherlock being a womanizer and those funny bed scenes with Irene Adams. Well, that’s how Sherlock Holmes was in the original stories by Doyle. Downey Jr., smoked a pipe like Holmes, he was a wrestler/fighter, like Holmes, the Holmes character even disguises himself a lot. Everything stayed true to the original character. I thought the writing was really good. The cinematography did a great job making the film give it a British feel. Guy Ritchie was the only guy that can do that.

I have no complaints with the film at all. To those out there that thinks the movie looks no good, just doesn’t understand Guy Ritchie’s vision of things. He’s one of the best film makers in Hollywood and one of my favorite directors. I thought Ritchie was the perfect choice to do a Holmes movie. I hope Ritchie stays with it and continues to do more sequels. “Sherlock Holmes” movie is definitely not Oscar worthy for anything, except maybe it does deserve an award for “Best Costume Design” that’s about it. It was still an entertaining movie and I liked it a lot. Bring on the sequel, Guy!

Score for “Sherlock Holmes” = **** (4 stars as in Excellent)

Kev

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