Sherlock Holmes

"Excellent"

Sherlock Holmes Review


Raucous, rough energy infuses this film from start to finish, carrying us along even when the slightly over-egged script starts to feel somewhat slender. And it's the terrific chemistry between Downey and Law that makes the film worth seeing.

In Victorian London, private investigator Sherlock Holmes (Downey) is about to lose his partner John Watson (Law), who's moving out to marry his fiancee (Reilly). But the case they've just finished, involving a series of secret-society murders carried out by Lord Blackwood (Strong), just won't end.
Now Holmes' ex Irene (McAdams) is on the scene as well, and things are getting increasingly freaky with more murders and a conspiracy that could lead to a takeover of the whole government. But Holmes' fierce powers of observation are on the case.

The producers blast new life into fusty cinematic stalwarts with their canny choice of director and stars. In many ways this feels more faithful to Arthur Conan Doyle's stories than the dry, cerebral films we're used to. Downey perfectly combines the character's edgy physicality, brainy powers of deduction and sardonic wit. And he and Law are like an hilarious bickering married couple that has lived together just a little too long.

No one else in the cast quite registers. McAdams and Reilly at least play strong-minded women, while Strong glowers satanically from the shadows and Marsan (as the chief inspector) tuts amusingly. The script is mostly smoke and mirrors, weaving in all manner of Holmes' lore, from the original story details to playful references to previous film incarnations (although Holmes never says "elementary", and he never wears a deerstalker).

And if the script isn't nearly as smart as it thinks it is, at least it contains a few nifty twists, including one of the more enjoyable resolutions in recent blockbuster memory. But what we're here for are the fireworks between Downey and Law, a couple of feisty-sexy women and Ritchie-isms like nasty slo-mo fight sequences, witty editing and suggestive lighting. He also offers plenty of refreshingly abrasive vigour to go with the cool effects and a zingy Hans Zimmer score. Bring on the next case.



Sherlock Holmes

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 128 mins

In Theaters: Friday 25th December 2009

Box Office USA: $208.7M

Box Office Worldwide: $524M

Budget: $90M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow

Production compaines: Warner Bros Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures, Wigram Productions, Internationale Filmproduktion Blackbird Dritte

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Fresh: 162 Rotten: 69

IMDB: 7.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Susan Downey, Dan Lin, , Lionel Wigram

Starring: Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, as Dr. John Watson, as Irene Adler, as Lord Blackwood, as Inspector Lestrade, as Dredger, as Mrs. Hudson, as Mary, as Constable Clark, as Lord Coward, as Sir Thomas Rotheram, as Ambassador Standish, as Captain Tanner, Oran Gurel as Reordan, as McMurdo, Kylie Hutchinson as Maid, Andrew Brooke as Guard Captain, Tom Watt as Carriage Driver, John Kearney as Carriage Driver, Sebastian Abineri as Coach Driver, Jonathan Gabriel Robbins as Guard, James A. Stephens as Captain Philips, Terry Taplin as Groundskeeper, as Palm Reader, Ed Tolputt as Anonymous Man, Joe Egan as Big Man, Jefferson Hall as Young Guard, Miles Jupp as Waiter, Marn Davies as Police Officer, Andrew Greenough as Prison Guard, Ned Dennehy as Man with Roses, Martin Ewens as Removable Man, Amanda Grace Johnson as Young Woman Sacrifice, James Greene as Governor, David Emmings as Grave Policeman, Ben Cartwright as Grave Policeman, Chris Sunley as Grave Policeman, as Preacher, Timothy O'Hara as Porter / Smith, Guy Williams as Golden Dawn Envoy, Peter Miles as Thug, Jonathan Bridge as Man Carrying Tray of Fish in Market (uncredited), as Thug (uncredited), Radu Andrei Cucu as Frenzy Man (uncredited), James Currie as Prison Guard (uncredited), as Man with Dog (uncredited), Paul J. Dove as Bishop (uncredited), Neil Findlater as Photographer (uncredited), Kas Graham as Dog Fighter (uncredited), Thomas Kadman as Pallbearer (uncredited), Brendan McCoy as Fishmonger (uncredited), Matthew Radway as Barman (uncredited), as Prizefighter (uncredited), John Warman as Policeman (uncredited)

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