Written December 22, 2009
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle's world-famous sleuth was given a modern face-lift resulting in Sherlock Holmes taking on the mantle of a action-hero in this 128-min movie that was directed by Guy Ritchie.
I enjoyed the skillful cinematography by Philippe Rousselot and the gorgeously designed costumes by Jenny Beaman. Strong compelling performances by Mark Strong and Rachel McAdams' trumped both Robert Downey Jr.'s and Jude Law's performances.
The special effects, CGI, set design, and production quality are all excellent.
However, this movie incarnation of Sherlock Holmes was screen-written by the team of Michael Robert Johnson, Simon Kinberg and Anthony Peckham - and was based on a story by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson - resulting in a bloated plot and a perversion of the classic Sherlock Holmes character. If I did not know better, I would have thought that Sherlock Holmes was possessed.
The sprinkling of humor felt forced.
Good, but not great.
Written December 22, 2009
I had an opportunity to go to a press screening last night of the new Guy Ritchie film Sherlock Holmes. I went in with low expectations as this is a Guy Ritchie film (i.e. Swept Away, RollnRolla, and Revolver) and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The chemistry between Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr was perfect. Is there any role Downey can’t play well? The CG looked believable and the costumes were Oscar worthy. The pacing of the movie flowed well and story didn’t require that you leave your brain at home, with a nice Sherlock Holmes twist at the end.
This movie should definitely end Guy Ritchie’s streak of poorly received films. I really enjoyed Ritchie’s earlier films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Then it dawned on me, Madonna was killing his film mojo. I did a little research and sure enough he married Madonna after Snatch (that’s when his films went downhill). When he divorced Madonna, bingo. He got his mojo back. 3 of 4 stars.
Written December 29, 2009
below were my initiial thoughs before seeing the movie, I must say I am very pleasantly surprised, many nods to the original stories, downey jr and law make a great holmes/watson team, cant wait to see holmes vs moriarity in the sequel!!!!!!!------------------------------------------------Hmmmm........there is about a 20% chance that this will satisfy Holmes fans like myself, the previews are very worrisome. Holmes just isn't about big budget action scenes, the original stories are far more cerebral. Also anyone who plays Holmes and Watson will always be compared to the gold standard, Rathbone and Bruce. I really want this to be good, but I have a bad feeling about it.
Written December 24, 2009
Guy Ritchie, being a stylish, if self-indulgent, director has managed to make a great film that manages to maintain the essence of the original Arthur Conan Doyle character, created more than 120 years ago. The cast is fantastic from the continually great Robert Downey, Jr., to Jude Law giving us a virile and scrappy Dr. Watson. Rachel McAdams - who is probably given the least to do, but looks good doing it - is a great foil, and if this manages to become a series, it'll be great to see her again. Mark Strong, who has quickly become one of my favorite actors is menacing and dark, while maintaining the mystery of his character, Lord Blackwood.
The stylish moments that are sort of Ritchie's trademark, are put to excellent several times in the movie; as slo-motion is used to elborate to us what Holmes is thinking and how he then acts on these ideas. The story manages to give us mystery, mysticism, and an ending that, well to put it no other way - is elementary.
Written April 11, 2010
Essentially a soft steampunk "reboot" of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, "Sherlock Holmes" depicts the title character as a restless, obsessive mind in need of constant stimulation, Watson isn't as much the fool as he's been in previous cinematic incarnations, and the two know how to dish out combat and thrills 90's-style.
The movie is packed with juicy production design and writing - it might be worth a second viewing if you can get past squirming through unabashed depictions of demonic worship (despite whatever rationality you possess). Is Guy Ritchie throwing out rebellion against his former lover's embrace of Kaballah?