A new take on Holmes
- Sherlock Holmes review by Pete W
While Conan Doyle would recognise quite a few of the elements of the story (Irene Adler as Holmes' femme fatale, Watson as a gambler who needs his chequebook locked away, Holmes shooting VR into the wall of his rooms) I doubt whether he would be too pleased with the end result. So Holmes fanatics steer well clear. But anyone who enjoys a good thriller will enjoy this - well acted by Downey and particularly Law. But I think Holmes and Watson were ripped off by the hansom cab driver who took them from Baker Street to Pentonville nick by heading South across London Bridge. And the sewers of the Houses of Parliament must be extensive indeed if they emerge on the Thames by Tower Bridge.
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Unsure whether to be appalled or impressed
- Sherlock Holmes review by RP
I'm honestly not sure whether to be appalled or impressed.
Reasons for being appalled: It's a Guy Ritchie film, directed like 'Lock, Stock' or 'Snatch', full of words and action, but no real substance. Holmes is played by Robert Downey Jr who reprises his role in 'Iron Man' and plays Holmes in much the same vein as he played Tony Stark – brash, opinionated, wordy. The plot is simply ludicrous and mixes black magic, secret societies, world domination, ginger midgets and a radio controlled cyanide gas machine under the Houses of Parliament. Add to that a succession of American and Irish accents, bare knuckle boxing / karate and Irish music from 'The Dubliners'... Words fail me.
Reasons for being impressed: Suspend your disbelief and it becomes quite entertaining. The period London details work quite well, even the rather silly ending atop the half-constructed Tower Bridge. There's plenty of action and Holmes displays his renowned powers of deduction throughout. Dr Watson is played by Jude Law and this secondary role is quite well done.
Hmmm – the best I can give it is 3 stars out of 5.
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