>> Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Title: Sherlock Holmes

Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan

Director: Guy Ritchie

Studio: Silver Pictures

Runtime: 128 minutes

In Theatres: December 25, 2009

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Rating: 4.20 (out of 4.00)

Grade: A

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Sherlock Holmes is one of the greatest detectives of all time…in the fictional world of course. Holmes, along with his right-hand fellow Dr. Watson, has solved numerous difficult cases through astute observations and deductive reasoning, not to mention a little dirty work as well.

Their latest adventure pits them against the villainous Lord Blackwood, a cult leader bent on ruling Britain through fear and black magic. With his capture and execution, society appears to have caught a break in the chaos created. Unfortunately, it is short lived as Blackwood has inexplicably risen from the dead to take revenge on Holmes and the rest of Britain.

Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the crime solving duo depicts them as yin and yang. Holmes, played by the talented Robert Downey Jr., is the brains behind everything. Every action and movement is in accordance to some logical decision, whether he is fighting in some run down pub or chasing after a criminal looking for clues. There are times where the audience will get to dissect his brain and see just exactly how Holmes thinks. It’s especially enjoyable when you witness him deal a wave of crushing blows to an opponent in a matter most effective.

Watson on the other hand, is more cautious with his thinking, always chastising Holmes for getting him into the mess he has created only to continue alongside his friend. Gone are the days of the short and stout Dr. Watson we’ve seen in past depictions. Instead we have a more robust and athletic Jude Law playing the role more closely related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original character.

On screen, Downey and Law make the perfect couple. They are constantly bickering with each other over the miniscule of situations. This lends itself to some rather comical scenes at both men’s expenses. Downey puts on his best god complex since his Iron Man days and doesn’t mind ruffling the feathers of the police chief or even Watson.

Do not be fooled though, as both men have love interests. Watson plans on marrying the lovely Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly) and to ultimately leave the partnership he’s had with Holmes for so many years. Holmes is a bit different in his love life. His heart goes out to Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), the only person ever to outwit the great Sherlock Holmes, and twice might I add. It’s a love/hate relationship that neither want to personally acknowledge.

Sherlock Holmes is a fine addition to the many other iterations of the classic character. Typical locations like his dwelling at 221b Baker Street are featured as homage to the original. The film features a lot of detective solving action/adventure with comedy and a bit of romance. Think of it as watching an extended episode of Psych in the late 1800s with Robert Downey Jr. as the lead. This is one wild ride you won’t want to miss.


Full of Action and Comedy!

This is a must see movie, full of adventure, action and comedy. Robert Downey Jr. did a great job along with all others. The costumes and the set designs were just amazing. I might see it again on the opening day!

I was disappointed...


I saw this movie Monday night. I felt the movie left a little to be desired. I really enjoyed Jude Law as Watson. I thought the movie need more action for me. I felt at parts that it was lagging....

Lots of actions, but average movie

Lots of actions, probably unneccessarily too much, which is the only thing to keep this movie entertaining. As far as the story goes, it's slow and some what repetitious. Some parts didn't even make sense, when you recount the movie events. And the stars, I am troubled that they use non-English actors for this classic English story. I mean there are plenty of well-known English actors, why have Robert Downey Jr and Rachel McAdams, who can't even fake the accent. Downey Jr and Jude Law weren't exactly buds on screen as the story suggested. But, the actions keep it interesting enough.

Not your father's Holmes

I must admit I had my doubts about this more "modernized" version of Sherlock Holmes. While it was not in the traditional style, it was fun to watch and nice to see Holmes be able to have a physical as well as intelectual presence. I think even a lot of hard-liners for the old style of Holmes will like this movie. I'm interested in seeing a sequel and how they do w/ Dr. Moriarty.


this movie was my favorite holmes movie. My mother and I went to see this movie together and just were amazed at the whole movie and how it flowed. My mother who grew up watching holmes movies even said this was her favorite holme too. A must see movie!!

re: Rachel McAdams

In the original story that featured the character of Irene Adler, as well as in the film, she (the character) is an American. Rachel McAdams (a Canadian actress) did a lovely job with the accent that was required.

re: Robert Downey Jr

Showcases his talents again. Great movie, sarcastic humor at its best and full of action. Be aware, the movie/storyline begins before the rolling into credits!

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