Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rover Film Review: Sherlock Holmes


Sherlock Holmes

Directed By: Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock,Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder, Ironman)
Jude Law (The Holiday, Closer)
Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, The Notebook)
Mark Strong (Young Victoria, Body of Lies)

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material.
Running Time: 128 mins.

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%

Review:
Guy Ritchie delivers an exciting and fast-paced modern retelling of Sir Arthur Doyle's classic stories in Sherlock Holmes. Holmes ( Robert Downey Jr. ) and Watson (Jude Law ) have been turned into full-fledged action heroes, all retaining their intellect. Their relationship dominates the film providing humor and depicting strong friendship as each adjusts to the women in their life.

The plot, confusing and fast-paced as all of Ritchie's films must be, focuses on their efforts at stopping the takeover of England and the world by the devil-worshiping Lord Blackwood ( Mark Strong ). The two navigate through a crowded, dirty turn-of-the-century London seeking clues and answers as they race against time. The camera work and art is excellent, especially in rendering an under-construction London Bridge.

Sherlock Holmes is excellent fun, especially for those of a slightly older age. The good guys win, the bad guy gets his just desserts, and the sequel is set up. An excellent action film that, although, failing to measure up to Ritchie's earlier masterpieces (Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels), delivers the director to a wider audience. Downey continues his career-resurgence showcasing excellent acting and a great capacity for accents. Law also serves as a great side-kick, more than managing to hold his own, while delivering one of his more lively roles.

For those looking for an above-average movie that delivers excitement and good acting, Ritchie delivers.

4/5