Friday, January 1, 2010

Sherlock Holmes Movie Review


Sherlock Holmes

Grade: B

Let me preface this to say...I love Sherlock Holmes.  Years ago, I made it through The Complete Sherlock Holmes. This should explain why, with the plethora of newly released films, we decided to go see this movie. (Don't you just love the word plethora?)  Next to King Arthur, Sherlock is my favorite fictional character.  Although, I don't really believe Arthur is fictional, but that's a whole other story.

The basic story line for this film is a mish-mash about an ancient cult and supernatural murder. It does drag on a bit but the film really get the gritty look and feel of Victorian London just right.  All the details are brilliant. I felt truly transported to the late 1800's. 

This was still an enjoyable film with a fresh new spin on the traditional adventures of  Sherlock Holmes.  Robert Downey Jr. does a great job creating a new Holmes who is as physically fit as he is mentally fit.  In addition, Jude Law brings Dr. Watson to life.  Watson is no longer the bumbling sidekick of the past, but a true equal to Holmes. It is their relationship that is the real attraction in this movie.  To paraphrase the reviewer in People Magazine, "this is the original bromance".

There is also a likely sequel in the future as Dr. Moriarity was introduced near the end of the film...so now the game is truly afoot. (Ha...this only proves that I am a Holmes geek.)

6 comments:

  1. Hi Lindalou,
    I thought this looked like an intriguing film. I haven't read Sherlock Holmes, I will have to add this to my reading list.
    Thanks!
    P.S. plethora is a great word.
    Rosey

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  2. I admit I am not so familiar with Sherlock but did enjoy the movie. My husband would have also given it a B, being a Sherlock reader from his childhood. Of the three movies we saw (a record for one weekend-almost a record for a whole year) it was my third favorite. I saw It's Complicated first, Sherlock-second, and today Blind Side, which was my favorite.
    How often does one get to use "plethora"? Perfect!
    Hope the Dr visits go well.
    Thanks for visiting the new blog, by the way.

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  3. Glad for your little review. I hear this is a popular movie but I wasn't all that sure if I wanted to see it. I am frustrated because all of a sudden there are tons of movies I need to see!

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  4. I'm a Robert Downey Jr fan and enjoy all his movies....even the bad ones. Haven't seen Sherlock yet.

    Who would have guessed that the word plethora would be so popular?

    Does Mikey have to miss all these many weeks of school? Are his friends still coming around to visit? I continue to think good thoughts for him.

    donna

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  5. Donna,

    Thanks so much for your continued good thoughts for Mikey. He's not back at school yet, but we are hopeful that he will be able to go next week.

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  6. First of all I love the word Plethora...Dan and I went and saw this last Saturday night with another couple. Dan isn't a big movie guy and the fact this was over 2 hours he wasn't too thrilled, but after the movie we both commented on how they kept it going. I would agree grade B.

    Mr. Downey Jr, was very nice to look at throughout the movie as one of my "teen crushes". Throughout the movie my girlfriend and I used the word bromance a few times so I think it is funny that it was actually mentioned by you and by People.

    I might have to read the books now! You have me interested.

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