Sherlock Holmes – Movie Review
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England
Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most publicized movies of the year — probably only topped by Avatar. Sherlock Holmes has had Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr, and Rachel McAdams’ faces plastered over posters everywhere. It’s by Guy Ritchie, who did “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels”, and it is shot very much in the same way. The problem is that they tried to make it a combination of the old Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rothbone is turning in his grave), and Guy Ritchie’s style, which is sort of a mix slow motion, fast motion and violence. There’s also a little bit of James Bond thrown in and a little bit of deductive reasoning. Rachel McAdams is badly miscast. The thing is, you really like Robert Downey Jr. His accent and general performance are great. Moriarity doesn’t come until the end, perhaps assuming there’s going to be a franchise here. I’m not so sure. This was not a cheap movie to shoot, and as much as everybody wanted to like it, it’s not a very good movie. They try to throw too many things in. It’s really not particularly fun. It’s very disjointed, you have the feeling this is a much longer movie, and it’s already a little over two hours and it feels longer than that. Unfortunately, to give it three stars is a stretch. It’s a two and a half star movie. Oh rats. Too bad.