DIFFERENT SHERLOCK HOLMES, May 4, 2010
Superb! Definitely Sherlock Holmes with attitude. True to the Doyle character, but much different than what you have seen protrayed before. This is not your Grandfathers Sherlock Holmes.
A Sherlock Holmes for the new century, May 4, 2010
I had some fears about Robert Downey playing the great Sherlock Holmes--but they were quickly dispelled during the film's exciting opening. Downey's Holmes if far more active then Basil Rathbone--but still fits comfortably into the Arthur Conan Doyle mold. Doyle's Holmes was a boxer, stick fighter, and master of an obscure Asian Martial Art--so is Downey's, and if his lack of hygiene and occasional sloppiness can be ignored, his version of the master Detective is more or less on model.
The special effects in this one are first rate and the supporting cast, particularly Jude Law, is exceptional.
A nice film--and I look forward to the sequel which shall inevitably come our way.
Sherlock Holmes, May 4, 2010
The industry always drops the ball on this issue. They screen and give parental ratings on only 3 issues: Violence, language and sex, which is good. I would, were it within my purview to make changes in the industry, also screen for the Occult ( In this case, the worship of Satan.) There are many people out here who find things centered on the Occult offensive.
Now, if things that center on Satan worship and the occult don't bother you then I am sure you will find this movie very entertaining. I pulled out as soon as it became obvious what the central plot was: A Satan worshiper comes back from the dead after his execution and resumes his sacrifices of fair, young virgins - HIGHLY OFFENSIVE.
I took it out and broke it to pieces after 5 minutes.
A HUGE pleasant surprise ! This Sherlock Holmes is a keeper, May 4, 2010
When I first saw trailers , I thoughts Robert Downey Jr was miscast. I had listened to film critics who said they didn't like it , saying it wasn't true to 'Sherlock Holmes' character.
I wont listen to critics any longer after this.
I rented it out of curiosity because I like Sherlock Holmes films, & I loved this picture. This was a great picture.
This is not the best Sherlock Holmes film ever, but this film has a great deal of action all the way through, a very thought out story where you need to pay attention so you can find clues to the mystery. The cinematography was fantastic. This to me captured the turn of the century feel as well as a 1970's Sherlock Holmes film. Robert Downey Jr might not be the best ever Holmes, but he was certainly credible in his role.
To those like me prefer Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett as Sherlock , Downey here did a fantastic job in role that many a great actor played including Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee.
The interaction between Holmes and Watson was phenomenal. Jude Law as Watson was also well done, my only gripe was he was more a 'tough guy' in this picture than how he's been portrayed in previous films.
Ok it was a little bit revisionist but the movie didnt resort to lousy, campy unfunny one liners. The humor came at appropriate times.
This was a magical picture to me. I will not give away anything to spoil it, other than I think it will take repeated viewings to absorb it all. Very highly recommended despite what some critics might say & if it isn't true to the books of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle..
Books aside, as a film this is highly entertaining..
Even if you prefer other actors' rendition of Sherlock Holmes I would give this a try because you might be pleasantly surprised with how well Robert Downey plays Holmes.