A lesson in how to breath life into a familiar story. The visuals are truly arresting, the script is water tight and the performances are charisma personified. Name another actor who has brought such vitality to John Watson, the sexy limping gambler. A great villain, lots of humour and one of the best slow motion explosion sequences in cinema.
It revitalizes the Sherlock Holmes myth for the box office masses and gives the sleuth better health and muscle mass than anytime before as this Sherlock also punches back. It also mixes a kind-of Dennis Wheatley devil-worship story for fun. The best thing though is the Watson-Holmes dynamics that has some sharp wit but it could easily have skipped some action sequences and become even better by doing it.
Surprisingly entertaining if you are looking for some dumb fun and probably the only Guy Ritchie film that I have tolerated. Kills most of the source material but at least it understands the importance of the central Sherlock/Watson relationship being like an old marriage.
I remember hating it more when I first watched it but that could be due to the irritating Gatiss/Moffat re-imagining of the stories. It tends to go for Ritchie's forceful way of trying to be the coolest cat in town but the music, costumes, scenography and chemistry between Law and Downey make it less cringe-worthy.
5/10 Sherlock this is not. More like Jackie Chan meets Marvel superhero movies in victorian england, with bad CGI. Entertaining and witty at places, badly written and bland at others, I miss the old Guy Ritchie. Not a bad movie, but skippable, you wont miss anything great.