So last week I went and saw the movie Sherlock Holmes. When I came out I felt surprised, refreshed, and full of popcorn. But more importantly I thought the movie was great.
Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law as Watson. There are more (Obviously) but they are not relevant to my review. So first, you may -and probably do- recognize Robert Downey Jr. from his recent role in Iron Man http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0371746/ (2008) but Jude Law hasn’t been in any major films that caught the spotlight before this, even after being in quite a few, so it was a pleasant surprise at how good his acting was. Both of their acting was superb, and I was pleasantly surprised at the good dialogue throughout the movie.
Full Cast List- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0988045/fullcredits
The New and the Old
Having read all of the Sherlock Holmes literature, I would say I have a pretty firm grasp of the Sherlock Holmes stereotype. First off Sherlock Holmes is shown as a middle aged man, and Watson as the grizzled war veteran doctor. Holmes always left the culmination and dangerous parts of a job to the police or Watson. Quite a few things were changed about that for this movie.
Still the doctor from the war, Jude Law is definitely not old or even on the high end of middle aged. Neither of them look more than on the front end of their 30s maybe, but Watson is supposed to be a bit older than Sherlock and neither are supposed to look particularily young, so the change is a bit more drastic. He is even getting married in the movie, set to leave Holmes by himself and opening a side story throughout the movie centered around him supposedly leaving Holmes to stay with his fiancée.
There is a rather large difference from the typical Sherlock Holmes to the one Robert Downey Jr. played. He is still eccentric, brilliant, and secretive, but he is also an incredibly active and efficient fighter. There are 2 times in the movie where he is in a specialized fight, but he is fighting throughout the movie instead of leaving the fighting to just Watson or the police.
These aren’t necessarily bad changes, but they did throw whatever I was expecting out the window as far as the characters.
Jude Law (Left) and Robert Downey Jr. (Right)
The typical enemy of Sherlock Holmes is the infamous Professor Moriarty. While Moriarty is in the movie, he is a shadowy side figure obviously setting the movie up for a sequel rather than the main villain. The villain is one “Dark Magic” practitioner Lord Blackwood. The movie consists of Sherlock Holmes and Watson trying to prevent him from taking over London through fear and manipulation. The story was good, but while Moriarty and Holme’s supposed love interest were thrown in rather clumsily in my opinion, it was solid and kept you interested throughout the entire movie time (About 2 hours 14 Minutes).
I would highly recommend this movie to anyone, especially those who like action alongside a good storyline and script. Overall rating.
4 1/2 Stars