Sherlock Holmes is based on the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and it stars Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude law as Dr. Watson. It was released Christmas day and directed by Guy Ritchie, I think this is the only kid friendly movie he has ever directed. The chemistry of the movie is pretty good since they behave like the odd couple with Sherlock being the sloppy, can't follow the rules, genius and Watson being very detail oriented, proper Dr.
The movie begins with our heroes sneaking in to a human sacrifice ritual and stopping it, right before it's performed. We watch Sherlock deduce his next move from incapacitating the watchman to taking out a room filled with the villain's accomplices. They catch the leader of the occult ceremony, whose name is Lord Blackwood, a very bright villain, with many tricks up his sleeve. Blackwood is behind bars and sentenced to hang. Since the case is closed, Holmes is home drunk and working on new inventions. Watson is in the process of moving out with his fiancée and leaving the detective business behind. He arranges a dinner date between the three of them so they can meet for the first time. We get a comedic look at how Holmes's ability for perception gets him into a lot of trouble. The day comes for Blackwood to hang and he does. The following day Blackwood comes back from the grave and continues his murders. Sherlock has reopened the case and is in pursuit of Blackwood. In the process, he has to juggle between his partner leaving, an incompetent police force and very beautiful thief Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams). We all know Lord Blackwood is the villain it's the how and the why that's perplexing. Sherlock also comes across a nemesis who remains in the shadow…Moriarty.
I loved the beginning, where you see Sherlock's thought process on his next attack. I was glad that this turned out to be a non-magic movie; I really was dreading having a "well we can't explain it all. It's a kinda magic." Film. I also appreciated the fact that they captured the physical side of Holmes, the man can fight in the stories he is a great boxer, martial artist and fencer. I know they couldn't show the drug use for a PG-13 movie but at least they made him a drunk with many faults. Robert Downey Jr. was an excellent choice for this film since he has tons of experience being a drunken awkward outcast IRL.
I didn't know what was going on. I know it was a mystery but it got very jumbled in the middle and then it wraps all up in an explanation at the end. I guess the director and the writers wanted the audience to realize how dumb most of us are and how we really don't pay attention to anything. They tried to get funny in scenes where it shouldn't have. It was ok when Holmes met Watson's fiancée but outside of that it just didn't fit right in the scene.
I thought I was in for an amazing head case of a mystery, but I was let down. The Screen play was written by Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, and Simon Kinberg I bring them up because you can tell at which point their was a passing of the torch from beginning, middle and end. It was obvious their were creative differences which made the movie difficult to follow. One more thing, Irene she is pretty but the thief role wasn't done right, she was a country girl not the type of woman to outsmart Holmes. I don't think it is Rachel McAdams fault she did the best she could with what she was given.
Not a bad movie, not a great one either, and you will be entertained I can vouch for that. I definitely think they should have kept the same pace from beginning to end. The beginning was amazing who ever wrote that Kudos. The rest had much to be desired. If you ever have a chance to read the books you will see that out all the movies and TV shows ever done this is actually the best depiction of Sherlock homes from the books. A Drunken eccentric detective who really doesn't function in life and who also kicks ass and take names. I give it a TOV 2 out of 5 for the poor deducing skills.