It’s finally time for Guy Ritchie’s good ol’ English detective novel turned blockbuster, Sherlock Holmes to hit the screen with mega-stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams. From deconstructing sight scenes to watching Watson and Holmes bickers like an old married couples, this is definitely the entertaining adventure that you’re all hoping it will be.
Let’s take a deeper look below…
- Director: Guy Ritchie
- Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Mark Strong, Rachel McAdams
- Screenplay: Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, and Simon Kinberg
- Screen Story: Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson
- Based off Characters by: Arthur Conan Doyle
- Producers: Lionel Wigram, Joel Silver, Dan Lin, Susan Downey
- Music: Hans Zimmer
- RDJ: You should already know what I’m going to say… he’s great. Fun to watch, attractive, clever, quick, overall, he’s the whole package. Technically he’s a bit too old, but he’s got enough tricks of his sleeve and boyish charm to help you forget.
- First Act: Every moment of the first act is solid fun. The acting, the set design, the writing, the camera movements, everything is fast, to the point, and enjoyable to watch. Sadly, they don’t quite keep up the momentum throughout the rest of the film but they do, do a damn good job at trying.
- Dialogue between Jude and Robert: Quick, witty, and harmoniously troublesome, much like a married couple at times — there were moments where it almost felt like we were watching a play or a great improv scene go perfectly right.
- Simple Action: Although Ritchie uses the massive crane shots and extreme special effects, he does so sparingly. A large hammer vs. a small hammer used correctly is all you need to make a fight scene both interesting and funny. When he did use crazy special effects scenes, he didn’t drag them out. Often directors like to point our where they’ve spent their money, but Richie let them come and go quite naturally for the most part.
- Very Richie: The fight scenes are text book Guy Richie. Some of you will love them, some of you won’t, but he stays true to what he knows and loves.
- Make-up: There was way too much for this time period. Maybe a bit of rouge on the checks and charcoal on the eyes, but not the full 2009 harlot look. McAdam’s is beautiful enough, she doesn’t need that much junk on her face and it takes away from the authenticity of the film.
- Repetitive: Although they have a few good gags, they recycle them over and over again. Once you’ve seen the first 30 minutes you’ve seen it all, after that, you’ll just have to see the same tricks in slightly different ways.
- Length: This is a common problem for me, but it was 15 minutes too long, mainly due to a few too many subplots that could have easily been cut.
This film is well worth a trip to the theater if you’re looking for a fun ride that is easy to watch. It’s not perfect by any means, but if you’re looking to be entertained for a a few hours without having to think or feel too much, or if you need something to plop the family in front of during the Holiday, it’ll definitely do the trick.
In theaters on Christmas Day!