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Sherlock Holmes

January 25, 2010

Director: Guy Ritchie
Writers: Michael Robert Johnson/Anthony Peckham/Simon Kinberg/Lionel Wigram
Producers:  Joel Silver/Lionel Wigram/Susan Downey/Dan Lin
Starring: Robert Downey Jr./Jude Law/Rachel McAdams/Mark Strong
Year: 2009
Country: UK/US
BBFC Certification: 12
128 minutes

I went to see Sherlock Holmes last week and I was really looking forward to watching it as the genre is something I’m interested in but this movie doesn’t live up to the hype. Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and John Watson (Jude Law) are reinvented and they’re about to crack their biggest case yet. After they find and capture “black magic sorcerer” Blackwood, Holmes and Watson can finally have a rest and close the case. Unfortunately, things don’t go so smoothly (otherwise there would be no movie) as Blackwood returns and continues to kill more innocent people. The trailer for the movie looked great but me, along with everyone else, fell under the spell of the trailer being good and the movie being different. The story is average but isn’t very strong and is quite predictable, there isn’t any mystery to it whatsoever and this is supposed to be a mystery-type movie. The fact that good guy chases bad guy and good girl is bad and then turns good is very tiring and is shown how tiring it is through this tedious two-hour movie. The acting was below average except for the talent of Robert Downey Jr who played Sherlock Holmes quite well and Mark Strong who played evil baddie Blackwood. Jude Law was dull as ever as Watson and Rachel McAdams as Irene did nothing for me as I didn’t believe her character whatsoever.


Another thing I didn’t think much of, apart from the annoying bromance between Watson and Holmes, was the slow-motion-then-speeded-up fight scenes with a running commentary through his moves, it made me think I was watching The Matrix and Fight Club instead of Sherlock Holmes, you could easily tell it was Guy Ritchie’s movie just by those scenes. Some character development was there in the movie but the tedious story and the meaningless fight scenes overlapped it altogether. The background music and the locations in the movie fit the mood quite nicely though.

Overall, I would criticise that this is nothing more than a family movie and is something you wouldn’t watch again for a long time. For me, I wouldn’t waste £7 watching it again in the cinemas and it’s certainly a rental, nothing more and nothing less. Pretty disappointing since the trailer could fool anyone into thinking this movie would be great to see.


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