Genres: Action/Adventure, Thriller, Adaptation and Mystery
Running Time: 2 hr. 9 min.
Release Date: December 25th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including violence, disturbing images and a scene of suggestive material.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
JJ Rating: B+
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has a mystery to solve. Dr. Watson (Jude Law) follows him one last time for he’s to get married. Strength of cast and wit swirls together to form a new Sherlock Holmes.
It is a movie that is fused with wit and quick action. Though I still found the length incredibly tiring. It’s just when a film passes the 1 hour and 40 minute mark I start going in and out of interest. There is, of course, exceptions to this. Movies like The Blind Side can keep my attention for long periods of time.
Sherlock Holmes was entertaining. Aside from the time problem I have, I thought it was well executed. I enjoyed the way Robert Downey Jr. portrayed Sherlock Holmes. I think he’s a great actor and he’s one of my favorites. Him teaming up with Jude Law was great. They played well off one another’s strengths. Add the pretty, charming and witty acting Rachel McAdams and there is a deadly trio of sorts. Her and Downey Jr. were powerful smart couple. One trying to dupe the other in every scene they are in together. It’s a great thing to watch. I like watching outsmarting. Though some critics would state that anyone liking this film was outsmarted by it’s dull wit.
Most critics seem to be a bit cynical for no reason other than because they don’t have love in their life. Love for movies, that is. I try to keep my love for movies alive so that I don’t turn into a bitter old critic (at a young age).
The storyline was interesting in good way with a pinch of bad. The pinch has to do with how this story was presented. Because one should know that this is a first of many films, most likely, this entire movie was a good set up (I’m guessing) for a second one. So the bad guy was more of a filler to showcase the new Holmes and Watson. I do like the new but I do not like the bad guy. I thought it was a bit hokey. It was not grounded in the reality I like to see with a film like this.
I like how Sherlock Holmes looked overall. I liked the grit of the look, though I think that it was a little cleaner for the time it was showcasing. I think the costumes were awesome. I liked how they had Holmes think before he did an attack. I like that because I’m of the mindset that if you think it first you’ll end up doing it. Meaning if you think of a situation that might present it self in the near future and how you’ll react that will be the way you’ll most likely react.
I will not go and see this film again. I most likely will not buy Sherlock Holmes. Oh and I ‘m pretty sure I’m right about this (though there is this possibility that I might be wrong) Robert Downey Jr. has never been in a film that has to do with magic or spirits. I like to say things like this because if I’m wrong someone will gladly point it out. It’s good to be that polarizing with an opinion. Oh and Heart and Souls (one of my favorite movies) does not count seeing how that’s more dramatic focus than spirit focus.
I believe the second installment of Sherlock Holmes will be better. I think this was a set-up film and though I don’t like that they do things like that, this time it didn’t bother me because I think Robert Downey Jr. is a unbelievably talented actor. It’s elementary dear reader…nah, not really.