Sunday, 10 January 2010

Holmes and Watson? Yes please…

Holmes must confront perhaps his biggest case yet in what looks to be a vast supernatural and magical mystery. Will the limits of his scientific method be stretched or is it all just smoke and mirrors?

Sherlock Holmes If ever a film has divided the viewing public it has to be Guy Ritchie's latest offering Sherlock Holmes.  The first reports I heard of the film were from trustworthy fellow fangirls such as myself who proclaimed the film to be a resounding success in terms of eye candy and swoonworthiness.  Such discerning viewers were in fact planning on seeing the film more than once just to gain a maximum dose of Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law.

Then came the torrent of complaints about how Downey Jr simply played Downey Jr and not Sherlock Holmes and how Guy Ritchie was simply directing another Guy Ritchie film.

Personally, I thought it was bloody marvellous!

Sherlock HolmesDoctor Watson

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes was not simply the dour and dapper gentleman that certain television dramatisations would have us believe.  He was written to be slightly unhinged, morally bereft and rather unconventional.  Were it not for his results, it is unlikely that the establishment would have put up with his antics.  For capturing this perfectly I give the film full marks.

Jude Law as Dr Watson and Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes

Dr Watson

No matter how many times Doctor Watson tried to walk away from Holmes, whom he considered to be unnecessarily reckless and dangerous, he always landed up getting drawn back in to the world of Sherlock Holmes.  Watson, for his part, was the backbone and heart of every investigation and Holmes could not have done without him.  That is, indeed, as camp as it sounds and I was thoroughly pleased that this was captured beautifully in the film.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is set against a backdrop of late 19th century London and the styles of the times and the construction of Tower Bridge were depicted beautifully in the film. 

This film shot right to the top of my DVD wish list and I don’t think I’ll only be watching it once.  It was fun, action packed and had two of the hottest men on Earth in it.  (It is no secret that my reviews aren’t exactly objective).  I’ll also be rushing out to watch the sequel because it was quite clear that one is on the way!

For making me smile to myself on the way home as I imagined Holmes and Watson together (preferably with me the middle), I give the film a resounding 5 stars.

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5 comments

  1. Thanks for the review. I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and am planning to see the movie. :)

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  2. I don't know what exactly it is but the commercials for this movie have really put me off from seeing it. I don't feel it is connected with the character of Sherlock Holmes at all. Seems it is trying to be funny when Holmes was very dry and scientific and I don't think he ever had ambitions to be some kind of super hero.

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  3. I've been less than impressed with Guy Ritchie lately, but he nailed this one. Sherlock Holmes was terrific.

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  4. I agree totally - loved it, and will be getting the DVD! :)

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  5. @ Spinning: Hi! Thanks for popping by and commenting! I do hope you've seen it by now!

    @ Laura: That is a pity but yes, I can see how the trailers might have been offputting. I think many directors struggle wih balancing Holmes' dry and scientific nature with his chaotic and reckless impulses.

    @ Brent: I feel the best way to deal with Guy Ritchie is not to take him too seriously! The man did marry Madonna after all.

    @ Lidian: Oh goodie!! Glad you liked it too.

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