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Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie)

A 2009 film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character of the same name

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Guy Ritchie's Take on the Residents of 221B Baker Street is Fresh and Funny

  • Jan 3, 2010
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In a world that is fat full of remakes and "reboots", Sherlock Holmes is a fresh take on a classic story, while also steering away from the remake fad.  Holmes isn't a remake or reboot, it's a new chapter in the adventures of every ones favorite detective.  There are no "Elementary, my Dear Watson's", though I was secretly hoping for a, "Keep digging Watson" thrown in somewhere.  While Sherlock Holmes isn't perfect, the film has definitely put some roots in the ground very much like Christopher Nolan did with Batman Begins.  The end of this film makes it very clear that there is already a sequel in the works.  While there might have been just a little to much bro-love going on between Holmes and Watson, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are both great in their respective roles.  One thing is for sure, Sherlock Holmes is full of excitement and laugh out loud British humor!

When Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) finally arrest Lord Blackwood, the man the duo brought down together somehow comes back from the grave, suddenly reopening Holmes and Watson's last case together.  With Holmes going stir crazy and slowly losing his sanity, a visit from his long lost flame and renowned thief Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) doesn't help the situation get any better.  However, when the chance to bring Blackwood down once and for all comes right to Holmes doorstep, he jumps at the opportunity.  But with Watson trying to stay out of the way, Holmes will need all the help he can get when he goes up against giants and even more dangerous...black magic.

Some may not like the fact the Guy Ritchie too the character of Holmes and added this brawler layer to him, but I'm of the opinion that it adds more depth and dimension to the character.  This new take on Sherlock Holmes wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining as it was if Robert Downey didn't kick some arse in the film.  While it would have had the humor and Holmes insane knack for reading people and their surroundings, it would have ended up being more like one of Michael Mann's boring thrillers if you can even put those two words together.  Adding some pretty well choreographed fight scenes into the film didn't just give it the Guy Ritchie trademark, it gave the movie some well needed action.

Sherlock Holmes wasn't a perfect film, not that a film can truly ever be perfect (except for maybe Avatar), but it had a few flaws.  For one thing, Rachel McAdams' character Irene Adler was boring and hollow.  She had no depth or character growth whatsoever and while Holmes was supposed to be lusting after her, he seemed much more interested in preventing Watson from getting married which leads me to my next point.  As much as I didn't really think this way it first, it truly seemed like Holmes and Watson very well could have been lovers.  The female characters in Sherlock Holmes definitely took a backseat.  None the less, the chemistry between the two, lovers or not, was very well done.

This has a lot to do with excellent casting choices.  Though Mr. Downey is an American, his British accent in Holmes was very convincing.  Of course Jude law had no trouble with the accent seeing as how he's already a Brit.  Robert Downey also did an outstanding job bringing to the screen Sherlock Holmes internal struggle with reading everything that he sees.  While I'm not familiar with the books, it was interesting to watch how the lack of having something to do was slowly driving the character of Holmes insane.  Jude Law was stunning as Holmes partner Watson and watching the two work together on screen was a real treat to watch.  Mark Strong, who played the films villain, Lord Blackwood was good at best, but also tended to be just a little dull.

This new Sherlock Holmes franchise could have an extremely long life like the James Bond films if it wants to.  Guy Ritchie has laid down the foundation for future films and when it comes to the character of Sherlock Holmes, the possibilities are endless.  I can see Robert Downey playing this role for a very long time.  There definitely is room for improvement as the story got a little predictable and some of the characters had complete lack of emotion.  With Sherlock Holmes main villain Professor Moriarty being the back drop for the sequel, Sherlock Holmes was very much the prologue to the future films in the franchise.  Needless to say, Guy Ritchie has brought the Holmes and the good Doctor Watson back in a big way, 4/5!
Guy Ritchie's Take on the Residents of 221B Baker Street is Fresh and Funny

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January 05, 2010
I agree with you. Perhaps you read that the holders of the Sherlock copyright are watching carefully to see whether Ritchie follows the "more than friends" theme and would refuse a further picture if that is that case... I really liked the way Jude Law played Dr. Watson. I don't like the bumbling Watsons in other adaptions; Watson was a friend of Sherlock's, and Sherlock doesn't suffer fools gladly. I look forward to seeing this pair again -- it was definitely an enjoyable movie.
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review by . December 13, 2010
Lord Blackwood, serial killer and black occultist, has finally been brought to justice. Returning from the grave only gives more weight to his already potent reputation, as well as his ominous predictions of what is to yet to come. Yet, Sherlock Holmes seems too preoccupied with the imminent loss of his life-long bachelor friend and valued assistant, Dr. Watson, to act effectively against Blackwood's schemes.      Love seems to be the only thing to truly confound and successfully …
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*** out of ****    Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" stylistically reverses the intentions that we are to expect from both cinematic and non-cinematic outings starring everyone's favorite titular sleuth. While we're used to an intelligent, perplexing labyrinth of a mystery; Ritchie's attempted "update" on the character and the "Sherlock Holmes" universe itself presents us with a mystery that is almost decidedly simplistic yet creatively drawn out for a larger, more modern and mainstream …
review by . December 29, 2009
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review by . December 30, 2009
 ... while spinning in his urn, most likely. Robert Downey Jr once again proves himself to be the best actor of his generation and without him this movie would limp along, and its inconsequential paper-thin plot would be much more grating. Perhaps the biggest crime in the film is that Holmes - as a 2-dimensional vehicle for awesomely-intriguing detective tricks - is given a really lousy case that relies on some massive leaps of logic and an almost physic predictive ability.      …
review by . January 02, 2010
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review by . May 13, 2010
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review by . March 31, 2011
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review by . March 25, 2011
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review by . January 02, 2010
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review by . January 05, 2010
A thoroughly entertaining take on Sherlock Holmes. A lot of UK critics seemed to have a downer on it, saying it runs out of steam, or the bromance elements of the Holmes/Watson relationship got tired, but I don't agree. The story for the most part cracks along, and Downey Jr and Law maintain the odd couple thing ably.       Plus, some fans may be miffed at how the Holmes character is portrayed as a brawling, dirty scruffbag. As I understand it though, …
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Sherlock Holmes
is a film starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law and Rachel McAdams.  The film will be released on Christmas Day 2009.

Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character of the same name. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin. The screenplay by Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg is based on Lionel Wigram's story and Doyle's characters. Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law respectively portray Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The film was released in the United States on December 25, 2009 and on December 26, 2009 in the UK and the Pacific.

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Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: December 25, 2009
Studio: Warner Bros Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures
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