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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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  • May 13, 2010

I wanted to see this movie so bad because I have always been a fan of Holmes and of course of Robert Downey Jr. So I was a bit disappointed when I missed it in the theaters and had to wait for the DVD/Blu Ray release and all that. So as I waited some things went down but eventually it was released. So naturally I went out and had to own this even without seeing it. Still that didn't matter we all wanted to see it so off we went to view the new Holmes movie. So was it worth a purchase or did I waste my money, we will see I guess.

Of course you know the story follows Holmes [Downey] and his partner in crime {fighting} Watson [Jude Law] and their adventures. This time around Watson is on his way out since he is getting married, Holmes is none to happy about that. So with their biggest case in the books when they catch Lord Blackwood [Mark Strong] it becomes their last together. That is of course until Blackwood seems to return from the grave and black magic seems to fill the streets. Holmes of course is to intrigued to not investigate and Watson seems to not be able to let it go either. So off they go on what once again is their biggest case and potentially their last together.

There is a lot to like about this movie and for starters it stars Downey who is always excellent and Jude Law. Downey makes for the perfect Sherlock Holmes with his witty yet off style of detection. You could tell this was just a fun role for him and the same can be said about Law. I thought he did an excellent job on this film matching Downey and was really funny. Mark Strong was great as the lead villain in this film and played it perfectly and Rachel McAdams was great as well [and looking really good]. All in all I would say that the performances were all very fun and all did a good job.

Also I have always loved the time period this was set in and the look and feel of it. The filmmakers did a great job in that department as well. Director Guy Ritchie I am sure went into this trying to make an intriguing and entertaining film. He did do that for the most part but the movie failures are covered at least in my opinion by how fun it was. Written by four different writers I would say the script is probably were the trouble laid. All had different ideas I am sure and therefore made the film feel overloaded at times, and not fully explored at others. Still it is an entertaining film that I found funny.

Was this a perfect movie, no, but like I said it was still a very fun one that I am sure will produce a sequel. Hopefully the next one will be just as entertaining and fun but with a little added substance. I say buy it if you into these kinda films because I am glad I got it. Some people this may be just a rental but I think you will like it. I do recommend this film but go in just wanting to be entertained, just have fun with it.  I would say that this is a 3.5 really, but for an even better review on this film check out Woopak's.

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May 28, 2010
Real fans of Holmes pretty much hated this, and that includes me. I wanted to love it since I'm a fan of Downey's as well. I couldn't picture him as Holmes but I was eager to see what he would do with the role. I think that any time you see a screenplay with that many writers credited you know that you're going to be in for a muddled story and that's definitely what happened here. Worst of all was the attempt to make Holmes into a modern day action hero. But still I sort of enjoyed it I suppose. I'd give it a C -- , and I am looking forward to the next film. Hopefully with a better script and a different director.
May 29, 2010
Yeah there is room for improvement for sure.
May 30, 2010
Hopefully we'll see that improvement in the next film.
May 13, 2010
Dude, what's up with the self-effacing comment at the end? Woo's reviews are great, but yours are too. Give yourself some credit for Pete's sake!
May 13, 2010
I agree. That woopak fella is a douche that needs a sound beating (though he may like it) LOL!
May 13, 2010
You do realize how creepy that will seem to people who don't share your twisted sense of humor, right?
May 13, 2010
you think I care? ;-)
May 13, 2010
I know you don't care and I don't care, I was just wondering if you knew how creepy it seemed. ; )
May 13, 2010
yeh, for the "prudish" it may seem creepy--but most people know that it is for fun. (who would talk like that if it was true? LOL) The creepy ones are the ones who act so "clean" and proper online. You wonder what they have to hide. ;-)
May 13, 2010
Oh, well, then all of my friends are safe because they're all freaks on the internet. LOL! Are you sure it works that way?
May 13, 2010
about 92% of the time...I am not kidding. It is statistics. LOL See I know someone who acts so proper online but is in fact a repressed idiot LOL!
May 13, 2010
I never meant that as a diss to myself as much as shouting out WP, it was more of a thing that if any one read mine I want them to check out one of my friend's reviews as well.
May 13, 2010
Dude, nice review! and NEVER sell yourself short. This review is every bit as good as mine (and to different eyes maybe even better). This movie was fun, cheeky and fun and cheeky--a popcorn flick but a hack job when you think about how it compares to the original source material.
May 13, 2010
"I never meant that as a diss to myself as much as shouting out WP, it was more of a thing that if any one read mine I want them to check out one of my friend's reviews as well." Thanks for the kind words good sirs.
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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 …
review by . August 17, 2012
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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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FUN, Nicely Acted But the Screenplay is Very
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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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Through all the grime and soot of old London towne, Holmes found that clue.
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review by . March 31, 2011
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  Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his assistant Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) have just closed another case by capturing Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) who has dealt with murder, and been very involved with black magic. Lord Blackwood is hanged for his crimes; however, after several months rumors begin to spread that he is in fact still alive, by apparently using more magic to keep himself from dying. When Blackwood's coffin is opened, it is found that another man is there, and Blackwood's …
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, …
Quick Tip by . December 29, 2010
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A little slow and boring to start but it gets better and has a very good and unexpected ending. Worth the watch for sure.
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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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