Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sherlock Holmes- She said

I was super stoked to see Sherlock Holmes. The trailer looked amazing, and I found myself watching it multiple times. I got a Pirates vibe from the trailer. It seemed that Guy Ritchie was wanting to reinvent a classic story with a fresh look at the character of Holmes. So, I went into this movie with high expectations. Sure enough, I could tell the path Ritchie wanted to take the movie, but it fell a little short. There was some magic missing from the story. The script tried to do too many things with too many minor characters and very few had a substantial payoff.

The best part of the movie was Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. There chemistry on screen was amazing, and there bromance was so intense I was waiting for them to start “slappa dah bass”. Downey is in top form as the eccentric and somewhat insane Sherlock Holmes. He uses methods and figures out the little details that is nothing short than brilliant. I found myself laughing at his antics and enjoying his character more than anything else in the movie.  Law's Watson is as a man just wanting to get married and leave his life of solving crimes to settle down is a perfect contrast to Holmes.  However, there is always a longing in Watson's eyes when he looks at Holmes, like he's going to miss their crazy adventures. 

I think there’s a real chance for this series. The characters that Downey and Law created are likable and extremely fun to watch. With a better script, the next movie could make up for this let down.

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