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Sherlock Holmes

Published June 13, 2010

Sherlock Holmes

Film info

  • Title Sherlock Holmes
  • Director Guy Ritchie
  • Year 2009
  • Run time 2hrs 8m
  • Genres Crime, Mystery, Action, Adventure
  • Tagline Nothing escapes him

In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes sends Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner, Dr. Watson (Jude Law) on their latest challenge. The only woman ever to have bested Holmes, Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) again sparks her tempestuous relationship with the detective, while a mysterious new nemesis - Blackwood (Mark Strong) - constructs a deadly plot that could destroy the country. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down Blackwood and unravel his plan.

Live Blog

TimeComment
0:07I know very little about Sherlock Holmes. I’ve only read The Return Of…
3:39That feeling you’ve forgotten something could be TWO things? Gah.
9:51“Is it November?” Man after my own heart.
15:23Oops. Social blunder. I like him.
16:07Wait, he boxes? I like him a little bit less.
17:33Discombobulate! That should be part of every good plan, I think.
21:11Mr Watson is a big ol’ party pooper.
22:37Their eyes are so sparkly. If they are contact lenses, there might be a flaw in Victorian authenticity.
26:12I get the feeling that wonky tooth is fake. How would they find dodgy teeth in Hollywood?
31:12Dr Watson is not quick, is he? Bless him.
32:57Why does he play the violin like a guitar?
34:46He’s proper smart. That was him all along!
38:24I love this film.
43:14Holmes is quite awesome, but he must be the most annoying friend ever.
43:52Is that money? It’s like the size of my head.
46:58Gross. Dissected frogs should come with a warning.
49:16That is one enormous man.
50:14That could be the world’s first taser.
54:55The boat… it kinda sank.
59:48He can tell where he is even though he’s blindfolded?
1:13:10He reminds me of the guy from Ocean’s Eleven. Italian looks, greased back hair, husky evil voice.
1:16:41They’re all being terribly British.
1:21:49He’s taking the weight of two people? Crikey.
1:25:07Some amazing slowed down scenes in this.
1:29:00Although that woman did just go American. Accent fail.
1:32:53Is that the Thames? Did I accidentally switch to Eastenders?
1:39:44So.. it was all faked? I don’t know what to believe anymore!
1:44:58That shot of parliament looked a bit… modern.
2:01:04Hmm, way to finish and leave it open for a sequel.

Thoughts

I don’t really know why I was keen to watch this, aside from the obvious Downey Jr aspect. It looks very shiny and I was intrigued that Guy Ritchie directed such a… um… mainstream kind of film.

I loved this up to a point. The characters were awesome, Downey Jr was as excellent as I thought he would be. The relationship between Holmes and Watson was perfect. The story left a lot to be desired, though. It started out okay, but it was a bit too mystical, and the end got all scrappy so that I wasn’t quite sure what was happening. It felt like a let down, but the characters made up for it. If they do make a sequel, which I would like, the story had better be… well, better.

Rating: 3 / 5

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