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. And while doing it, he folds us into his game, so we do everything with him, side by side. That's all competent, more than competent. Everything from the experiments Holmes performs in his Baker Street flat to his climatic revelation of the mystery on the Tower Bridge seems perfectly in line with Doyle's writing. One of the only departures from the canon that bothered me was Sherlock's introduction to Dr. A devotee of the dark arts, Blackwood has a bigger scheme in mind, and his execution plays right into his plans.
Another twist is that this Holmes here is no meticulous, fastidious bore in real life. Rachel McAdams also shows up as Irene Adler, the only criminal who has ever gotten the best of Holmes. How those sets are usable, in the action scenes. It's exactly the type of mystery Doyle would have devised, with plenty of twists and opportunities for Holmes to show off his genius as he races to stop a plot to take over England and gasp! The angle opens, we move away, and we are set up in the location for the final fight scene, which in its own merits is interesting enough. The result is an incredible sense of placement.
We deduce, we smile, we run, all with him. Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller 2009 Year 128 Mins 7. I find the character fascinating, but i always felt it was more invested in literature, not cinema. He is one of the best ever. Blackwood is executed, but when he seemingly rises from the dead, the deductive duo must determine whether it's a supernatural occurrence or if there's a logical explanation. However great literature, in the right hands, can make for very entertaining cinema.
Hudson Geraldine James and shares an antagonistic but symbiotic relationship with police Inspector Lestrade Eddie Marsan. But there is another great thing here, which i suspect has a lot to do with several guys involved in the process of making the film. I mean, how many films have shown the Eiffel towers? So he gives in to Ritchie's demands, and introduces humour, irony, and self-awareness in the character, to make it usable for the director's winks at ironic action. There certainly will be a before-after Holmes character, with this film. No one, no matter how patient or forgiving, could endure Holmes forever without the occasional confrontation. 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.
He is the gold piece in the puzzle of updating Holmes. It is extremely entertaining and fun to watch. That being said, I felt Robert Downey, Jr. Than, the great sequence, when Irene Adler goes through the sewage, goes up, and we end up with a close up of her, in an unidentified location. Jude Law is a clever guy, an interesting actor whose greatest quality is how he merges anonymously with the context he is intended to integrate. The fascination of the inner locations, namely the midget's laboratory.
As for Watson himself, Jude Law delivered a wonderful performance. He willingly becomes a piece of a larger tapestry, and that really is something to look upon. They take top honors as the years best bro-mance, arguing like an old married couple while deep down knowing that they'd be lost without each other. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. But what was really striking was the use of the London bridge.
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. This is one of the most entertaining thrillers of the year and the fantastic Downey Jr. A minor trick here is the association of the deduction with the very process of physical fighting, which creates some Matrix moments. 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. How many actually use it? It's perfectly rendered, carefully photographed, it sounds overly artificial, but it's a matter of taste, i suppose. But I've been a Sherlock Holmes fan my whole life, and most of the portrayals I've seen of the character only focus on an aspect or two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character.
That part is visual, and a good ground to invest a cinematic world. As odd as it seems, they really do have a buddy factor that works well on screen. 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. Ritchie finds a way to depict Sherlock's fighting as a mental exercise as much as it's a physical feat. The still-under-construction Tower Bridge plays a role in the film and the bleakness and gray of London is captured perfectly.
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. Great literature seldom makes for great cinema. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. The movie's opening shot grabs you, and Guy Ritchie's directing stays gripping all the way through the end titles.