I have always been fascinated about Sherlock Holmes, and have never really been able to watch a full movie before this one due to most of them being in black and white, and they just couldn’t hold my attention.
BUT……I was kind of excited to find out after watching Robert Downey Jnr in Iron Man that he was to be cast as Sherlock Holmes. More for the fact the movie was coming out that he being cast in it of course. I have never really liked him as an actor, but Iron Man did make me respect him more.
Well onto the movie’s content! I was impressed how the producers, writer(s), and directer portrayed the relationship Holmes had with his long time partner in justice DR.Watson. Watson seemed to be the father figure to an overly intelligent man in Holmes who in some way still acted like a spotty little teenager who was trying to find himself, and his feet due to being so intelligent, and being a form of artist at his profession. Also not to mention his love for a woman who seemed to be the only one person who could get the better of him.
Indeed Holmes had a brilliant mind, and had an art for solving things with his peripheral vision of a mind. Downey indeed portrayed Holmes to a tee where I feel nobody I have seen before him do. I feel a lot of attention to detail in this character was obviously key to keeping the movie interesting, and keeping my or your interest on lesser characters.
That may seem like a very obvious statement to make seeming the movie is based on Sherlock Holmes, but making a kind of old school action figure like Holmes look just as human as the rest of us was a master stroke to what could have been a flop of a movie if the producers, and writers had kept the movie two dimensional in terms of how each character is looked upon. Any decent writer can let Sherlock Holmes just run around after people, and ask questions like any other run of the mill detective/investigator. So I am very happy they took it to another level, and showed a three dimensional version of Holmes life, and mind!
There is a lot of action that does keep the two dimensional mind happy though. I do like a two dimensional film from time to time due to the fact that I like watching movies like that when I can’t sleep, and do not need to keep my brain fully awake to keep up with the storyline, just incase I start nodding off. We do see Holmes take up some bare knuckle boxing in one scene that I would not have normally thought he would had been interested in, but then I remembered that anyone of Holmes intelligence would want to learn how to fight, so he could go toe to toe with any nasty criminals he had to deal with.
Jude Law Played Watson, and he played the father figure to Holmes pretty well. I think this is one of his better roles. He showed how much he loved Holmes,and what they did in so many ways. He aided Downey just as much as Watson would Holmes.
There was a pretty big twist in the tale, of which I will not talk about it in any detail, as it would ruin the ending of the movie, and any possible sequel. It’s mystery is indeed very well thought out.
A definite chess match ensues, but not all those who are involved are really what they seem. Holmes being the king on one side, and who could be his opposite?
We see Holmes investigate, Watson trying to get married, and a lot of fighting in between. This movie to me has it all. Yes some of the movie might have a little cheese thrown in, but I don’t think it makes it any worse for wares.