Robert Downey Jr. fills the famous shoes of British detective Sherlock Holmes in this update of the popular series which finds Holmes and his trusty sidekick Dr. John Watson on the trail of a London serial killer.
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The film plays with the supposed lack of culture of the audience. Here, Holmes and Watson have roughly the same age, prefer action to deduction and if Sherlock thinks, it's rather in order to anticipate than to make a deduction. Superb production design, though. Already forgotten.
I can only say that I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent performances and very solid film making. Ritchie keeps the usual Hollywood ridiculousness in check and Toadface from Mad Men does an excellent job. Downy is superb and it doesn't feel like it's sole purpose is to sell video games. The only thing missing was a greater depth or moral? what did it teach me? nothing..this is entertainment only. 3.5 stars
There are things that work about it - Downey Jr. and Law have some nice chemistry, and the intricate production design is impressive. But Ritchie's attempts to modernize the material - an emphasis on action, flashy visuals, and the ridiculous kung-fu Holmes - are hit or miss. Reasonably entertaining (certainly one of Ritchie's better), but not any more substantial than a slightly above-average Hollywood blockbuster.
Entertaining enough, but it's strange that this movie almost completely did away with the mystery-solving that made Holmes stories so fun to begin with. Robert Downy Jr. and Jude Law where enjoyable, though.