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SHERLOCK HOLMES by Guy Ritchie

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sherlock holmes - embitterment level - disappointment level
It’s London, 1891, und Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) is bored due to a lack of intellectual challenges. That changes when Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), who killed five people and was caught by Homes and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) while preparing his sixth ritual killing, rises from his grave after his execution and plots to assume power over Britain and the United States. Another case – Holmes has been hired by former lover and professional thief Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) to find the missing Mr. Reordan – seems to be linked to the Blackwood case.

The setup – a man declared dead by no other than Dr. Watson himself haunting London, ritual murders, the mix of magic and technology – is quite fitting for a Sherlock Holmes flick, but the big question is if Sherlock Holmes really needed an update. No deerstalker hat, no bumbling Watson, but explosions, bare knuckle fights and an action-heavy script for a generation who regards Bad Boys a classic and probably hasn’t even heard of Basil Rathbone.
There is one character who really benefits from the update – Watson is not the bumbling sidekick and comic relief of the classic Holmes movies, but gets the treatment he deserves. He is, after all, a war veteran and Holmes’ friend and equal, and that’s where Guy Ritchie puts him. But what about the great detective himself? Robert Downey Jr. is great (as usual), and the script lets him draw some conclusions worthy of a Sherlock Holmes, but all in all Sherlock Holmes is just an action buddy movie set in the victorian era, Robert is not Sherlock, and less random action and a tighter script might have helped to make Sherlock Holmes a true new classic instead of just another blockbuster.

The Great Detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams)  Jude Law as Dr. Watson 


Sherlock Holmes movie trailer

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