Director: Guy Ritchie
Release Date: Dec 25, 2009
Genre: Kick ass
Capital letters make me feel like I'm shouting. Let me start this review by saying that I am not an avid Sherlock Holmes fan. I have not read any of the books written by Conan, so I didn't have much to work with. I was entering the movie theater blindly, I only knew that Holmes wore a silly hat and correctly deduced how long ago you've had sex just by smelling you. Coming out of the movies however, I found myself examining random strangers to see what I can deduce just by looking at them. I've never seen a Guy Ritchie movie before, and with my unfamiliarity with the franchise, I didn't know what to expect, but the movie left a lasting impression on me.
Unfortunately, Holmes does not say "Elementary, my dear Watson"
You're immediately thrown into the action with a mysterious man in black in pursuit of... something. Now here comes the first scene of badass, when Holmes carefully calculates how to take out a guard. I've never seen anything like it, it all plays out in slow motion in his head, and you're just sitting there going "Holy shit !". Back in real time, all his moves are correctly implemented, and he takes out the guy in no time. Holmes and his faithful companion Jude Law manage to stop Lord Blackwood from fulfilling a ritual that involved sacrificing a girl to the greater good. The rest of the movie involves Holmes trying to solve the case of Blackwood's mysterious appearance, with a little help from Mr. Law and the only woman who has ever outsmarted Holmes, Irene Adler.
Chris Martin told Robert Downey Jr. that Sherlock Holmes should look "gaunt" and "skinny". Of course, in today's world, that means get fucking ripped.
Personally speaking, I thought Jude Law fit perfectly into his character, the loveable sidekick with the smoking hot fiancee. Robert Downy Jr. did do a very good job portraying Sherlock Holmes, even with that fabulous hair. His accent is a bit flawed, however, and there are some points where he just rambles on and on and you can only manage to pick up only a few lines. Aside from that, however, the movie delivers, watching a badass such as Holmes correctly decipher everything near the end is a lot of fun to watch. The man fucking knew what happened at a destroyed grave site just by tasting the leftover rubble. Holy shit !
As stated before, I'm not an avid fan of the franchise. I've heard that the movie is not loyal to the books in some form or another. I can't correctly say in which aspect, but I guess I can say that this is a more modern take on Sherlock, with bits and pieces added to suit today's audience.
This is the type of movie that you're let out in the dark on purpose, only to have the main character correctly fill in the gaps to sort of let you in. It is a more modern take on the franchise, so explosions and fight scenes scattered throughout the plot. It's not a movie that is nail biting, edge of your seat action, but instead, it's like a very delicate woman, who flirts and teases with you, making you want more and you dwell deeper into
365.4/10 - Holy shit !