Robert Downey Jr has re-invented his acting career with a wonderful series of roles as the flawed man who overcomes his own character in order to save the day. In Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes this winning formula continues with great gusto as for the first time we see a deeply flawed Holmes struggling to balance on the fine line between genius and madness.
The story begins at a time when Holmes trusty sidekick Dr Watson, is leaving the nest in the search for marital bliss and to somewhat distance himself from the chaos that surrounds Holmes. Watson promises just one more case together. However that one last case becomes a rather large case that could spell the end of the world and therefore drags Watson back into the mystery. As the mystery unravels, Holmes is visited by long time love interest Irene Adler (McAdams) who just also happens to be a career thief. As the mystery appears to be solved we see the rise of Holmes Nemesis Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) in what can only be described as a diabolical plan to rule the world. Holmes and Watson are going to need to putting on their thinking caps and fighting gloves to solve this and save the day.
Although at time the movie seemed somewhat flat and lacking in the usual witty dialogue that normally flows so naturally within a Guy Ritchie film, Sherlock Holmes is still a pleasure to watch. Beautifully filmed in that very dark and gray styled Old English manner. The CGI renditions wonderfully represents the London of years gone by.
Solid performances by Downey Jr and Jude Law were enthralling to watch and even the lackluster performance by Rachel McAdams did not pull them down by any stretch of the imagination. One of the key elements of this film was the bromance between Holmes and Watson. I have seen some reviews and heard some talk that they thought this film hinted towards a homosexual relationship between the two characters but I disagree completely. I think we too often discount the depth of friendship between two blokes and so cheaply try to turn it to a physical and sexual thing, which I think was not the point in this film. It is more about the close bond of friendship that comes from working close together and having to rely so heavily on each other. So, great dynamics between Downey Jr and Law helped create some very funny moments.
So overall, Sherlock Holmes was a solid 2 hours+ of entertainment value, but could have been better.
Reviewed by: Jon E Clist
Rating: M Violence
Running time: 130 minutes
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude law, Rachel McAdams & Mark Strong
Director: Guy Ritchie