MOVIE REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. really is one rare gem of an actor. He has demonstrated that he can be down for the count  and then come back stronger than a powered up Pac-Man. He is the real life Randy “The Ram” Robinson. He is the real life Bad Blake. He is the real life Andy “Champ” Purcell.  He has shown that he can almost be anyone, from a famous silent film star to an African-American Vietnam soldier.  So when I heard that he was going to play Sherlock Holmes in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the brilliant and witty detective, I was a little more than excited.

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Sherlock Holmes takes place in none other than 1890’s London.  Holmes and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law) have just stopped Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) from performing a human sacrifice. He’s arrested and three months go by.  Holmes has been tinkering away in his study at 221B Baker Street and Watson is moving out because he is about to get married to Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly). Lord Blackwood is hanged and declared dead by Watson. Three days later Lord Blackwood’s tomb is mysterious open from the inside and Lord Blackwood has apparently rose from the grave. Holmes, Watson, and Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) are on the case and take us on a journey through London.

While I was very excited about seeing this film, I was also very nervous about it too.  While Guy Ritchie is brilliant at showing modern-day London, I was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to deliver the same punch in 1890’s London.  Thankfully, my fears were put to rest and I was able to engulf myself in this thrill ride through the streets of London.  Ritchie delivers and delivers in a big way considering this is his first true big budget film.  He never compromises his style and story telling that has made him famous.  Even though this film is set more than a hundred years ago, I still feel like I’m in the gritty and interesting worlds of Ritchie’s other works, such as Snatch and Rock N’ Rolla. 

As I stated before, Robert Downey Jr. is simply an amazing actor and this is no exception here.  His performance was even recognized at this years Golden Globes awards where he won Best Actor-Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.  But Downey’s performance wouldn’t have been as good if it was not for Jude Law as Dr. Watson.  The chemistry between the two actors is great and comes away genuine.  Mark Strong (better known as Archie in Rock N’ Rolla) is also simply amazing as the sinister Lord Blackwood.  Unfortunately the two female leads played by Kelly Reilly and Rachel McAdams are mediocre at best.

I do want to apologize for taking so long to write this review.  I saw Holmes more than a month ago and just never got around to writing a review until now.  I will try in the future not to let this happen.  So if you haven’t seen this film yet I highly recommend that you do.

VERDICT:  SEE IT!

What did you think of Ritchie’s adaption of Holmes? Was he faithful to Doyle’s detective? Leave your comments below.

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