film review: Sherlock Holmes (2009)


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Apparently there have been many many many screen incarnations of Sherlock Holmes…. I haven’t seen any of them though. I actually know pretty much nothing about Sherlock Holmes beyond the fact that he’s a detective, he’s got a friend called Watson and he lives at 221B Baker’s Street. That last one was courtesy of a recent table quiz.

This latest film adaptation is Guy Ritchie‘s version of Sherlock Holmes. I haven’t seen many Guy Ritchie films, nothing against him but I just haven’t been interested in anything he’s made. Well, I was almost interested in RocknRolla but then it just passed by… out of interest; people who did see it, was it any good?

So… not knowing much about Sherlock Holmes and not having an opinion on Guy Ritchie meant that I was fairly unencumbered by expectations. Actually come to think of it I don’t know why I went to see it at all… I wasn’t even particularly interested when I saw the trailer… Whatever the reason, New Year’s eve saw me at the newly opened Swan Cinemas in Rathmines at 1.40pm heading to Sherlock Holmes….

… and I’m glad I did. This is a fun movie. Throughly enjoyable from start to finish. Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams are all excellent choices for their roles and the plot is engaging and sufficiently mystery filled to sustain interest. Well actually the plot is a bit randomly complicated but I felt it worked for the characters so that was grand.

Aside from that there isn’t a whole lot to say. It’s a detective movie with some action thrown in… oh yeah. The costumes and sets are cool as well, is this eligible for an Oscar? They love that period kind of stuff.

Anyway I heartily recommend this if you’re looking for a fun easy watch this weekend and I for one hope they get to make that sequel.



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    HenryJanuary 6, 2010 - 5:24 am

    I just saw this tonight (how timely for me to comment!) Like you say, not much to say about it. Overall, it was good.

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    BorysJanuary 8, 2010 - 2:52 pm

    Nah, haven’t seen it, but I’ve read all “Sherlock Holmes” stories, and I am deeply convinced that a SH-movie should be at least a true crime story, or, even better, a grim thriller, something like “Se7en” set in 19th century London. 🙂 Trailer tells me Ritchie’s version is rather an action flick. But you should definitely see his “Snatch”, it’s a pretty unique movie.

    BTW, congrats on your new blog site. Cool design. Are WordPress templates that cool, or have you tweaked and drawn things by yourself?

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    Nicola-tJanuary 8, 2010 - 3:05 pm

    Yeah, I’d say it probably is a bit more action-y than you’d like. It’s about half and half I suppose… It’s really just an enjoyable film of the genre… Kind of like what I thought about Iron Man. It’s fun but you wouldn’t write home about it.

    Thanks for the compliments on the blog! There’s all kinds of WordPress templates for free or to buy so it’s just a matter of picking one you like the look of! I do like this one and it’s pretty customisable, I can change the header/footer, put whatever I want in the sidebar, change the background that kind of stuff. I suppose technically I can do whatever I want as I can edit the php and css files.

    So far all I’ve done is put in that big picture on the front page, changed the background and pick and layout the side bar. I still have to get a header designed and probably change the background b/c I’m not that mad on it.

    I’m pretty happy with the new site though! 🙂

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