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Sherlock Holmes (DVD)
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Sherlock Holmes (DVD)
Advantages: Downey Jr.
Disadvantages: Law, writing and excessive CGI.
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and a reluctant Dr. Watson (Jude Law) take on a case involving Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) who makes a miraculous return from the dead by using black magic. Holmes and Watson must overcome Blackwood or London will perish.
Directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), written by Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham (Don't Say a Word) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand).
Based on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Guy Ritchie takes a step away from his usual gangster movies into this family friendly Hollywood blockbuster. I enjoyed his style however I do think there was too much reliance on CGI throughout which took away from the visual impact; the use of green screen was a little too obvious at times.
The plot is a little drawn out, the movie is a little over 2 hours but it feels more like 3. There are quite a few action scenes in the film but the bits in between are slow moving. The dialogue seemed to be written for younger members of the audience, the witticisms were rather poor in my opinion. To be honest, I struggled to hear what was being said a lot of the time as the cast whisper a lot. I turned the volume up but the background music was loud, it was just the speech which was low. This might just be my ears but it got annoying fast, just speak normally please!
The action scenes were impressive (except for the excessive use of CGI as previously mentioned), I particularly enjoyed the fight scenes that were shown in slow motion with Holmes narrating the effect of every hit. Having said that, I don't think they needed to then repeat the fight scene without the narration.
The cast is a bit hit and miss for me. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) gets to play his usual eccentric yet genius character as Sherlock Holmes. He has great screen presence and overshadows Jude Law by a long way in my opinion. I find Law (Alfie) rather boring, yes his character isn't as interesting as Holmes on paper but he could bring some life to the role. The movie invests a lot of time in the relationship between the two and I know it is what many people like about the film but for me it wasn't that interesting.
Support comes in the form of Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) who plays Holmes' love interest Irene Adler. Bit of an odd choice in casting, McAdams and Downey Jr. aren't a convincing couple. I'm usually a fan of McAdams but I found her performance a bit lacklustre in this movie, it didn't really seem like her heart was in it.
Mark Strong (RocknRolla) is the evil Lord Blackwood; Strong has played the villain role a lot in his career. He has a creepy demeanor and deep English voice which makes him the perfect choice as a baddie for Hollywood movies. Strong was certainly believable in the role and did a decent job.
Overall, I don't really understand the fuss around this movie. Whilst Downey Jr. is great, the writing isn't anything special and the overuse of green screen ruins the movie for me. I'm not sure if I'll be giving the second movie in this franchise a watch or not. I definitely won't be watching this again, give it a miss.
Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented
Making of featurette lasting about 15 minutes; includes interviews with the stars of the movies and the people behind the camera. Not particularly interesting.
Only one extra is a bit poor, although I'm not a big fan of extras they are expected nowadays. I would have at least expected some deleted scenes, maybe a commentary.
Robert Downey Jr. - Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law - Dr. John Watson
Rachel McAdams - Irene Adler
Mark Strong - Lord Blackwood
Eddie Marsan - Inspector Lestrade
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Summary: Not worth a watch.