Sherlock Holmes (12A)

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Tue Dec 15 2009

Guy Ritchie the director and Guy Ritchie the screenwriter part ways for this latest spin on the Sherlock Holmes story, and if separation turns into divorce it would be no bad thing, at least on the evidence of this big-hearted, atmospheric entertainment. Shed of his tedious infatuation with off-the-peg London gangsters, Ritchie proves a competent teller of the fast-paced, not po-faced yarn. Here, Robert Downey Jr draws on his wild-eyed side to play the detective, while Jude Law assumes the more sober clothes of his sidekick, Dr Watson. Plunging into their careers mid-flow, we watch as they confront a conspiracy of national proportions.

They discover an aristocrat, Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), in the middle of a ritualistic murder of a young woman. In this early scene, Ritchie’s Holmes reveals himself as a physical titan in a witty interlude in which we witness in slow motion the microscopic details of his plan to incapacitate an assailant by brute force. The villain hangs, but, for Holmes and Watson, this is just the start of a series of fights, rescues, escapes and revelations, all cloaked in creaky supernatural mumbo jumbo.

Ritchie’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is effective as a caricatured comedy adventure and shows some fidelity to Arthur Conan Doyle, especially in Downey Jr’s portrayal of the eccentric but cold-hearted Holmes. The banter between Holmes and Watson isn’t as witty as it should be, but the detective’s lone mutterings, especially his deductions, are fun. The film’s biggest success is its evocation of Victorian London, via much location work and CG rendering: here, Ritchie’s grittily romantic view of our city comes into its own, culminating in a delicious climax on the girders of a half-built Tower Bridge.
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12A

UK release:

Sat Dec 26, 2009

Duration:

128 mins

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Director:

Guy Ritchie

Cast:

Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr

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John

The only character faintly resembling an accurate resemblance to the ACD series of stories and novels is the Watson character. Why even say something is based on books or novels when they aren't? If you want to see a true adaptation, see a Jeremy Brett or Peter Cushing video.

Laila

Nothing compared to Sherlock TV Series on BBC One UK. Poor poor adaptation of ACD's. What a love story? There wasn't any love story! Adler loves other man. Did Guy Ritchie even read the original story? BBC One version is THE BEST!

Josh M

Great film! ignore the other bad comments, its great! The action and the special FX Made the film one of my favorites

Josh M

Great film! ignore the other bad comments, its great! The action and the special FX Made the film one of my favorites

MissSherlock

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this film!! Mainly because of Robert Downey Jr, a class act! But I did think the film kind of flopped as it went along, almost as though the writers gave up. You soend 2 hours watching all this action, and you get to the end..... and it was all a magical illusion! wft is up with that?!?! But I did like the performances, the action and the new adaption!

MissSherlock

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this film!! Mainly because of Robert Downey Jr, a class act! But I did think the film kind of flopped as it went along, almost as though the writers gave up. You soend 2 hours watching all this action, and you get to the end..... and it was all a magical illusion! wft is up with that?!?! But I did like the performances, the action and the new adaption!

Tasha

Great effects, poor story, too much mumbling from Sherlock, was disappointed.

geoff darwen

Did not particularly like the film. Much of the diaglogue was hurried and slurred and couldn't always make out was was said. Sherlock looked too young for the role. Too much simulated violence and not enough detective work. Prefer ITV Poirot, the film must have been poor. The set looked like a cast off from Sweeney Todd, was the film made on the cheap?

Mike

Hey! C'mon everybody. This movie is a great departure from the usual stuffy views taken by film-makers on Sherlock Holmes and his patsy sidekick, Watson. What a revelation. If Downey doesn't feature in the Oscar nominations for his wonderfully comic efforts here the academy need a reality check! Great special effects and a witty storyline well acted, especially from all the principles, with some innovative flashback thoughts of Holmes extricating himself from dodgy situations, which slowed the hectic pace at the right time, enough to get your breath back for a moment, before being hurled along again at breakneck speed to the next plot point. Am looking forward to the sequel with anticipation. The trick now, for an inspired Guy Ritchie, is to make it different enough from this one to continue to captivate new audiences to Sherlock Holmes' adventures without actually needing to be a Holmes fan, as this one did. Very clever, funny, well plotted and pacy enough to satisfy all fans of the genre.

Sue

Loved it, tongue in cheek play on the boring original, not a RDJ fan but thought he was great in this, the plot is not to be taken seriously, not the usual gory tripe everyones hooked on at the moment, done in typical Ritchie style and glad to see he's back on form.

Jen

A boring film and not worth 3 stars. Could have easily walked out half way through not caring what happened, total rubbish, don't waste your money!

chris h

After the last film i saw (part of - walked out after an hour) being Avatar, this was great - it had a plot for a start and was believable!

DV

R.D.Jr is a mumbling Dick Van Dyke. I'm sure they won't mind his forced accent in the States, but I certainly did. Made for the US market, I reckon. Shoddy. And the plot! Sheesh. To make the population of London appear truly fearful (of black magic), surely you have to set them up as god-fearing to start with? Shame, as I've enjoyed some of Ritchie's previous flicks. They had wit, dialogue, plot etc...

Violetta

This is one Sherlock movie when the great detective doesn't get to do any real detecting; the Doc Watson seems to be the man with the ideas. The overall feeling of the film is a 19th Century first person shoot-them-up game melded with an obvious Hammer House of Horror script, right down to the trite text book closure frames - slightly distracting at best.

Cappybear

Highly enjoyable, with particularly strong performances from Downey and Law. A humorous film, which steered clear of spoof; I think Conan Doyle would have approved. My wife and I look forward to the inevitable sequel.

Jan

Great movie. Enjoyed the storyline and the cast. Would go to see it again with the family. It's not meant to be a thriller, so don't expect blood and guts, but the story is entertaining. Must be the first movie I have seen for a long time that doesn't have foul language in it so that made it more enjoyable..

Bob

A great movie if one is not too hung up on the English. A very well done movie in terms of its special effects and plot. I bet those who speak of a poor plot were not able to predict the deductions which are essential to the movie. If you want an entertaining movie that one HAS to see in the cinema, this is it!

Bob

A great movie if one is not too hung up on the English. A very well done movie in terms of its special effects and plot. I bet those who speak of a poor plot were not able to predict the deductions which are essential to the movie. If you want an entertaining movie that one HAS to see in the cinema, this is it!

Mike Cooper

A fun, rip-roaring yarn and a nice update to the usual stuffy Sherlock. Plenty of action, but takes some diabolical liberties with London geography (who goes from Baker St to Pentonville via Tower Bridge?!)

oldbrit

Great scenery/CGI recreation of Victorian London. Lots of action and humour but wonderful though Robt Downey Jnr is, he just isn't Sherlock Holmes. Because of the humourous treatment there is no tension and the movie flags. So much so that my wife actually fell asleep. Mark Strong was always watchable as always, but even he had a comedy syrup. If I go to see the traled sequel it would only be through curiosity.

John R

Disjointed. Poor plot. Worst still is the lead actors who can not speak clear English and slur their words. Usual US failure. Difficult to comprehend chopped words which miss middles and ends and sound levels very poor. Very disappointed. Disjointed plot - that's if there was a clear one. What is the point of bare knuckle fights ? Worst still is the very poor enunciation of words in that US actors 'chop' their words almost to incomprehendable lengths. WE are English speakers are like to hear clear English pronunciations. I hate such actors. Why clip out middles of words and cut ends too. Very difficult to follow with other background. A boring film and not worth 3 stars.

Colin

Simply awful. One these truly bad Hollywood efforts that sacrifices plot for tedious special effects. In addition, Downey Junior is bad in this role. The plot is virtually non-existent and the narrative is difficuly to follow, probably because it is a vehicle for the next improbable fight or explosion. I was frankly bored. Poor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will be rolling in his grave as his subtle, interested characters and plot are reduced to Hollywood formulaic mush.

Richard Hunter

A triumph of gloss over content, poor characterisation, badly cast, lamentable narrative and a complete inability to sustain the interest of an audience. (Twelve of us aged 15-50) In short a waste of an evening... We wouldn't trade five minutes of Lock Stcok or Snatch for this sorry effort. Should have gone straight to cut price supermaket dvd.

Andy Ralphs

Usual Ritchie fare, which the kids loved and I was left cold - if someone can explain the rationale for the boxing match it would be great - as far as I can tell it was a filler and an opportunity for more of the ever popular slo mo and fancy editing which adds zero to the film, particularly when the scene is shown twice.

steve

Tedious. Over-long, badly edited and with absolutely no sense of tension or drama. Guy Richie needs to watch a few Hitchcock films to see how it should be done. Jude Law was the best thing in it by far but even he could not disguise the gaping holes in the plot.

Kate

Very average film - promo clip showed all the best bits and some bits that weren't in it at all - seems to me a lot of this film was left on the cutting room floor, and not necessarily for the better as there were gaping holes in both plot, character development and pace. as ok for a rainy afternoon - but wouldn't really recommend it...

Liv

This film was okay. The ad shows all the best bits. I got sick of the film constantly trying to tell me that RDJr's Sherlock was quirky (especially when he wasn't) and I kept finding myself hanging out for the return of Watson as he was at least an interesting character and brightened things up a bit. Big plot holes and potentially interesting paths ignored... This film could have been a lot better. It definitely didn't achieve what it wanted to. Won't bother buying it on DVD and probably won't remember it was made once it leaves cinemas. Saying this though, it was mildly entertaining for a free afternoon and it wasn't deathly boring.

Geoff H

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie as a fast moving action drama, loosely following a Sherlock Holmes type character. Of course the character depicted by Ritchie doesn't live up to the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but nevertheless is an entertaining one.

multiplexor

This is certainly a massive change from the traditional Sherlock Holmes films but is full of action and very enjoyable.

Ant

Fabulous fim. Entertained from the first to the last minute. Pure escapist fun.

Ant

Fabulous fim. Entertained from the first to the last minute. Pure escapist fun.

Sherlock Holmes Society

The Sherlock Holmes Society in Cheltenham are planning to see the new movie on 29 Dec and can not wait, we all think this is going to be a whole new way to look and take Sherlock Holmes, this will be more of an action movie with out the deer stalker hat etc, some members are concerened that it will not live up to the way we have always seen Sherlock, but I am open minded till I have seen the film, to find out more about the society goto www.221b-bakerstreet.co.uk thanks

Sherlock Holmes Society

The Sherlock Holmes Society in Cheltenham are planning to see the new movie on 29 Dec and can not wait, we all think this is going to be a whole new way to look and take Sherlock Holmes, this will be more of an action movie with out the deer stalker hat etc, some members are concerened that it will not live up to the way we have always seen Sherlock, but I am open minded till I have seen the film, to find out more about the society goto www.221b-bakerstreet.co.uk thanks