Sherlock Holmes

Posted: October 27, 2011 by Micah in Movie Reviews
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Recently the phenomenal new trailer for the next movie in the re-vamped Sherlock Holmes series came out. In response to this I’d like to go ahead and review the original movie and then take a bit to talk about the new trailer.

Micah: Retro-reviews: Sherlock Holmes.

The classic "Hands in pocket" look, as p'wned by Robert Downey Jr.

The plot: We’re introduced to Sherlock Holmes just as he comes along and demolishes some poor fool guarding a staircase. Holmes (played by Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) stop a murder and catch the nefarious Lord Blackwood. They do miss however his lesser known brothers Lord Brownwood and Lord Purple-daisy-in-a-field-of-cows. Blackwood is tried and executed but in an extremely cheeky British sort of way; he soon rises from the dead.

In other plot related things: Dr. Watson is about to get married, Sherlock’s old girlfriend is back in town, and every one still thought Britney Spears was moderately sane.

The movie carries on at a break neck pace as plots thicken, games are a footed, and elementaries are Watsoned… which sounds incredibly creepy now that I think about it.

The Positrons:

Some absolutely amazing acting going on in this movie! Most prominently between Downey Jr. and Law, who not only perfectly embody their respective characters, but also play off each other better than any acting duo I’ve seen in a very long time. Every interaction between them is so enjoyable to watch and Downey just absolutely nails his character and it’s a wonderful wonderful thing.

The rest of the cast really does hold together pretty well. Mark Strong plays his sinister villain very well (if a bit melodramatically) and Rachel McAdams (not someone I’m generally a huge fan of) turns in a pretty good performance as the teasing, annoying Whatever Her Name Was character

The writing (and mystery) are very well done. In addition to the dialogue being well laid out it’s appropriately hilarious, serious, and even insightful at times. The mystery itself is less of a “who done it” and more of a “how done it” and occasionally a “why done it” and slightly less often a “Dunkin Done-it” Wow… that may be the worst pun ever… moving on from that abject humiliation, the mystery holds together really well and keeps you guessing till the end (for the most part).

The negatives:

This is a hard movie to pick out a negative for really… James Moriarty makes a cameo appearance and anyone who has even the vaguest idea of the story can see it coming from roughly seven thousand miles away but I’m not sure that’s bad writing so much as just a byproduct of using this source material.

In Conclusion:

Brilliant acting performances by two of Hollywood’s brightest stars carry a well written carefully polished script that keeps audience members engaged throughout the film. It’s not a perfect movie… or maybe a better way of putting it would be that it’s not quite epic or deep enough to warrant a perfect 5 of 5 but it is a movie that does what it does superbly well!

I give it 4 Watsoned Elementaries out of 5!

And now let’s move on real quick and talk about the awesome new trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Check it out here).

Jude Law carries a hold out pistol. In his mustache.

Once again it looks like the movie will be taking a far more “why” approach rather then a “who” as the trailer tells us about two seconds in that our villain this time around is James Moriarty, one of the most iconic villains ever.

Another thing you may notice pretty early on is that tree huggers will not like this movie. Guy Ritchie seems to have developed a deep personal grudge against them and has started launching not only bullets at them, but cannonballs and speeding train cars. Robert Downey Jr. makes a cameo in drag, Jude Law still pulls off a mustache creepily well, and Sherlock hurls a woman from a speeding train. The movie looks like it’s going to continue to deliver the same sort of chaotic fun that the first movie delivered while also maintaining its character development of the partnership between Holmes and Watson. It’s probably a bit needless to say at this point but: I am excited  And not cause of the woman hurled from a train part… cause that’s… wrong… and not funny… at all.

Ba ha ha.

Comments
  1. Cassie says:

    I still don’t think I can ever bring myself to watch either. 😉 I hold very loyal to the true Sherlock character — and if this movie were just about a random detective I’m sure I would love it. 😉 But as it is — I feel it destroys a little of what it’s trying to build off of.

    But if you want to talk me out of that, feel free. 😉

  2. Lydia says:

    Cassie and I agree about a movie!!

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