Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes
Warner Bros. – 128 mins – PG-13
Robert Downey Jr. … Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law … Dr. John Watson
Rachel McAdams … Irene Adler
Mark Strong … Lord Blackwood
Eddie Marsan … Inspector Lestrade
Robert Maillet … Dredger
Geraldine James … Mrs. Hudson
Kelly Reilly … Mary Morstan
William Houston … Constable Clark
Hans Matheson … Lord Coward
James Fox … Sir Thomas
William Hope … Ambassador Standish
Clive Russell … Captain Tanner
Oran Gurel … Reordan
David Garrick … McMurdo
Synopsis from IMDb: After finally catching serial killer and occult “sorcerer” Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner’s new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic – and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.
VS: 1.9 pointed ears
I am not a Sherlock Holmes fan. I ‘ve read maybe one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels. I am familiar enough with the character that I know the basics. From what I remember of the Holmes canon, this movie is a faithful interpretation of the character right down to Holmes’ use of cocaine (inferred in a scene but not mentioned on screen and my reason for a point 1 reduction). That said I was sufficiently intrigued by the trailers to put this movie on my “See it if it comes to Grundy” list (Grundy being our local dollar theater). I was not disappointed. I enjoyed this film from start to finish. The violence is not gratuitous and is used to depict Holmes’ analytical mind in more than one scene. 19th century London looked appropriately gritty and smog infested. Given the state of special effects that shouldn’t surprise me but it did look nice. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that Mrs VS enjoyed the movie (but I’ll let her tell why in her section).
Robert Downey Jr. played Holmes to the nines. Never did I see a hint of Tony Stark, too often when I go to see a film I can be distracted by seeing too much of an actor’s previous performance. Downey gave life to a character who could well be an ancestor of Tony Stark without calling on the previous character.
I also failed to see the supposed “gay subtext” in this movie. I suspect that blog rumors and pronouncements of the former are from people who are over analyzing everything. This movie goes in the DVD collection when it is released.
Mrs. VS: 1.5 pointed ears
This was a fairly decent movie. The scenery was appropriate to the era being depicted. It is not a good-looking movie, but then 19th century London was not a beautiful place. I happen to like murder mysteries (ed note I didn’t know that) and this movie was rousing good mystery. The man bursting into flames was a little gratuitous but understandable given the aspirations of the villain.
PIT #2: 2 pointed ears
This movie is the best movie of 2010 (OK it’s only February but it’s STILL a good movie). This movie took everything that I knew about Sherlock Holmes and put it up on the screen. You can be a complete Sherlock noob and still enjoy this movie.
PIT #3: 2 pointed ears
This movie rocked. I didn’t see a single kissing scene. Although there were no car chases, I understand that is because the automobile had not been invented in Holmes’ time (though we did get to see a large ship sink).
Overall 7.4 out of 8 ears
Families be warned the PG-13 rating is earned for depictions of (legal) drug use, depictions of cultic rituals and minor language.
Definitely a must-see if you get the chance.