Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes has made his reputation finding the truth at the heart of the most complex mysteries. With the aid of Dr. John Watson, his trusted ally, the renowned "consulting detective" is unequaled in his pursuit of criminals of every stripe, whether relying on his singular powers of observation, his remarkable deductive skills, or the blunt force of his fists. Robert Downey Jr. plays the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. Jude Law portrays Watson, Holmes's longtime colleague, who is joining him in what may be their last case before the doctor starts a new life as a married man. The cast also includes Rachel McAdams is Irene Adler, Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood and Eddie Marsan as Scotland Yard's Inspector Lestrade.
After a string of brutal, ritualistic murders, Holmes and Watson arrive just in time to save the latest victim and uncover the killer: the unrepentant Lord Blackwood. As he approaches his scheduled hanging, Blackwood--who has terrorized inmates and jailers alike with his seeming connection to dark and powerful forces--warns Holmes that death has no power over him and, in fact, his execution plays right into Blackwood's plans. And when, by all indications, Blackwood makes good on his promise, his apparent resurrection panics London and confounds Scotland Yard. But to Holmes, the game is afoot. Racing to stop Blackwood's deadly plot, Holmes and Watson plunge into a world of the dark arts and startling new technologies, where logic is sometimes the best crime-fighting weapon...but where a good right hook will often do the job.
The film does keep the audience well entertained and rarely lags. Holmes ingenious explanations for the curious events are saved until the end where the audience realizes that we have seem more or less everything that Holmes has seen, but were unable to come to the same realizations. Guy Ritchie's directing is vast and yet detail oriented. The film is easy to follow and the character relationships are enjoyable enough that this film could easily be watched again.
Sherlock Holmes is smart and entertaining and brings an invigorating new life to this icon. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are perfect together, Mark Strong plays a convincing and creepy villain and Rachel McAdams is a decent Irene however her performance is lacking believability. We look forward to the, sure-to-come, sequel. 4 stars out of 5.
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