Sherlock Holmes Review

January 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm (Movies)

About a month or two ago Disney put out a Robert Zemeckis-cartoonized version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Being the holiday sap that I am, I did end up seeing the movie, but the idea “was this remake necessary” constantly plagued my mind. Sure It’s cool seeing Jim Carrey do a holiday shtick, and sure it’s neat to see them do the neat animation that made Tom Hanks look like he had a second layer of skin back in 2005, but the movie never really went beyond the level of entertaining cash-in. One of the remakes I wasn’t entirely sold on was Guy Ritchie’s re-telling of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, However much to my surprise, the results all work together to create a thrilling and 100% entertaining adventure that any movie-goer deserves to see.  One of the coolest things about the Sherlock story is how you don’t have to spend time introducing either Watson or Holmes. This really gave the chance to just jump straight into the action and fulfill the opportunity to have a really fun time with the two awesome portrayals by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Downey became Tony Stark back in ‘08, and he uses his classic charisma to come in and perfect the Holmes charisma. His interpretation is constantly entertaining and never boring. The same can be said for Jude Law’s run at the mill for Watson, which is also pitch-perfect. The two come together for a pair that leaves the audience begging for future installments in this series. As with any Sherlock story, the mystery/story component is key. Lord Blackwood serves as lead bad-guy in the movie, and through some strange political deaths and some supernatural implications, the mystery quickly becomes a twisted knot that’s a ton of fun to watch slowly unravel. As with all twisted knots, there are those that will and get frustrated and put off by the complexity, but it all comes to a satisfying forefront after all the old-English jibber-jabber is said and done. Going into the film I was afraid there was going to be too much action/too little class or vice versa. However, Guy Ritchie polishes every key component to an enjoyable sheen throughout. The action is hardcore to a summer blockbuster quota, and the comedy from the Watson/Holmes interplay is hysterical. Ritchie struck gold in this holy trio of comedy-mystery-action that’s expertly honed in a finely paced film that’s hard NOT to enjoy.

5 out of 5

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2 Comments

  1. The James said,

    sounds good

  2. earlman27 said,

    Definitely one of my favorites of the year

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