Strong is good as the villain, practically playing the role in his sleep, and things do perk up a bit at the end. Just as unfitting for an archaeologist professor, it's also contrary to Sherlock Holmes' reason to use violence. Watson Jude Law must use all their detective know how and skill to solve the mystery while dodging obstruction from every corner of London society. His characteristic caustic attitude towards Lestrade and even Watson at times was exactly how I'd imagine him. Jude Law is often too pretty-boy for me, but he really does a nice job of capturing the reluctant sidekick with complimentary skills.
But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. It manages to be a lot of style with no real substance, and for a 'blockbuster' doesn't give you a lot to be on the edge of your seat about. Watson, embroiled in a plot where the black-magic-practicing Lord Blackwood a perfectly grave and menacing Mark Strong has risen from the dead after being sentenced to hang. Both toss off the one-liners with ease. The flirting, the romance, and the near-make-out session were irresistible to the director and to all of the audience who're honest with themselves. His loyalty to Holmes despite his frustrations with him could not have been captured more expertly, I feel. He was a brawler who practiced martial arts and was as likely to slum around in the filthiest of rags as he was a suit.
The Sherlock Holmes character is the major problem with this production: although funny the why was he portrayed like a genius a la Mozart with unkempt hair and disorderly attire is beyond me. Overall, though, Ritchie should stick to gangster films. There are also a few really thrilling action set-pieces involving a boat and an unfinished bridge. This is one of the most entertaining thrillers of the year and the fantastic Downey Jr. Watson have reserved mutual respect for each other, especially Dr. In fact, he lives more like a frat boy or rock star - replete with trashed room and bouts of isolation. .
Holmes' mindset such as the steps he takes to neutralize a suspect, interpret clues, follow the deceptive also brings out Ritchie's ability to create an ultra-stylized flashback. Watson can close yet another successful case. His fight scenes preceded the first few times by superhuman calculations show both the mental and physical sides of Holmes in ways that Watson's notes can't quite convey, but at which they constantly hint. For the record, Holmes was a miserable, irresponsible drug addict who did indeed sleep on the floor, insult his best friend, experiment on his dog, and never ever wore a deerstalker's cap at least, not until television was invented. Contending with his partner's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler. That being said, I felt Robert Downey, Jr.
The story here is multi-layered and actually very interesting, if not a bit high-minded and high-concept. Watson towards his enigmatic friend admiring all the while his amazing intellectual capabilities. Nevertheless, Watson never could abandon his friend in his time of need. As for Watson himself, Jude Law delivered a wonderful performance. A big screen adaptation for 21st century audiences of Arthur Conon Doyle's legendary literary detective was an unusual change of direction for southern hot shot Guy Ritchie to take on, but he's gone at it with his usual gusto, leaving no stone unturned and striving for the most professional job he can get. The mediums are vastly different. Support from Rachel McAdams and Eddie Marsan are fine, but Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are the real stars as Holmes and Watson.
Ritchie's directorial style also comes through, from the dark, grimy Victorian- London production values to the violent boxing and martial arts matches. It is made to be a rollicking good time with tons of popcorn munched. I was a little skeptical of how well he fought, given Watson's wartime injury, but his character and demeanor were entirely on the nose. With all the brutal violence and style, you can be sure this isn't your Grandpa's Sherlock Holmes, but it will have you drooling for a sequel nonetheless. This version or vision, if you will of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's greatest creation may be more swashbuckling, more thrilling, and more edgy than any other incarnation, but that doesn't make it any less faithful to the original. Why, it's elementary my dear movie fan.
As odd as it seems, they really do have a buddy factor that works well on screen. Aside from a little revisionist history in the cases of the female leads, nothing is that far out of the ordinary; and no amount of references to Madonna will change that. Smaller kids will not be able to follow the story, but anyone who has read a Holmes story and isn't against a little artistic license should see the film. The still-under-construction Tower Bridge plays a role in the film and the bleakness and gray of London is captured perfectly. Here we get dazzling special effects and near super-human feats and stunts.
He gives several summations of his observations and deductions that brought Holmes to life in an almost unparalleled way. The action sequences kept me mindlessly entertained, and the Sherlock Holmes frivolity and eccentricities was somewhat amusing. Now let's see what's bad about this: Firstly, the true Sherlock Holmes is not a fighter, he uses his mind to solve problems instead. That always makes for an interesting case! Rachel McAdams also shows up as Irene Adler, the only criminal who has ever gotten the best of Holmes. Another twist is that this Holmes here is no meticulous, fastidious bore in real life. Do Guy Ritchie and Sherlock Holmes fit? Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Even support like Eddie Marsan and Kelly Reilly can't do anything.