film review: Sherlock Holmes (2009)3 Comments
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.