Sherlock Holmes (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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Sherlock Holmes (BD)
Guy Ritchie (Snatch, RocknRolla) attempts to reinvent one of the world's most iconic literary figures as an action hero in this brawny, visually arresting period adventure. Robert Downey Jr. is an intriguing choice for the Great Detective, and if he occasionally murmurs his lines a pitch or two out of hearing range, his trademark bristling energy and off-kilter humor do much to sell Ritchie's notion of Holmes. Jude Law is equally well-equipped as a more active Dr. Watson--he's closer to Robert Duvall's vigorous portrayal in The Seven Per-Cent Solution than to Nigel Bruce--and together, they make for an engaging team. Too bad the plot they're thrust into is such a mess--a bustling and disorganized flurry of martial arts, black magic, and overwhelming set pieces centered around Mark Strong's Crowley-esque cult leader (no Professor Moriarty, he), who returns from the grave to exact revenge. Downey and Law's amped-up Holmes and Watson are built for the challenge of riding this roller coaster with the audience; however, Rachel McAdams as Holmes's love interest, Irene Adler (here a markedly different character than the one in Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia"), and Kelly Reilly as Mary Morstan, the future Mrs. Watson, are cast to the wind in the wake of Ritchie's hurricane pace. One can imagine this not sitting well with ardent Sherlockians; all others may find this Sherlock Holmes marvelous if calorie-free popcorn entertainment, with the CGI rendering of Victorian-era London particularly appealing eye candy. --Paul Gaita
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There's something for everyone here- comedy, action, romance, suspense. Plenty of SFX that are generally well done.
While the plot is predictable, it does offer some humorous twists that keep it from being boring. The actors have done a fantastic job.
I don't like to give too much away in my reviews- spoilers suck, lol- but this movie is most defintiely a must see no matter your tastes!
As everyone has different tastes, I would, as always, recommend renting before buying.
Not as good, but I had this revelation during an action sequence. I found myself thinking, Í am actually enjoying this action sequence'. It wasn't perfunctory, or effects-laden. It furthered the plot. And it was reminiscent of the bit in Raiders, where Indy is going up against the Nazi giant. It had that same sense of fun. The same sense of taking a beloved art form, and updating it for modern audiences.
It actually seemed more to me like a 1980s/90s updating of Holmes, stylewise.
Downey and Law were good. Very changed from Rathborne era, and also from Brett. But very recognizable. And you could see more why they might be friends. Downey's Holmes was much more like the guy in the Zero Effect - he needs Watson to merely act as a conduit to exist in the real world, being so dysfunctional himself.
There were also some nice homages. The Free Mason angle was clearly from Murder by Decree. They do a pan down to 221B Baker St. that is right from Brett. And, most shocking of all, the final solution (in terms of where the final murder takes place) comes straight from JL Borges' homage to Holmes, "Death and the Compass". If you're going to steal....steal from the best!
All in all, I guess it was most like Star Trek. Taking something well loved, but somehow dated, and creating a sort of best-of montage for modern audiences. Meaning, some purists won't like it, but most will see what they're doing. And those brought up on Michael Bay, will see how movies can be made without hammering the audience with explosions.
Sure enough, this is not your dad's Sherlock. Or your grandpa's either. "Sherlock Holmes" is a thoroughly eccentric take on the legendary detective -- energetic, action-packed and clever, with more than a hint of steampunk and black magic. It gets kind of silly at times, but Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law keep the story going strong.
As the story opens, a young woman is about to be sacrificed in a black magic ritual by the evil Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). However, Sherlock Holmes (Downey) and Watson (Law) thwart him just in time for the police to arrive. Three months later, Blackwood is executed -- but not before he tells Holmes that three more people will die, and the world will change.
But then his tomb is broken open... from the inside. And at the same time, Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) tries to hire Holmes to track down a man who is then found dead in Blackwood's tomb. As Holmes tries to unravel this case, he discovers the existence of a strange upper-crust magical cult, who are slowly being killed off by Blackwood's mysterious powers. Has Sherlock Holmes run up against supernatural forces he cannot explain or fight?
This is not an adaptation of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories -- this is more a movie that takes the IDEA of Sherlock Holmes and applies it to a big, bombastic, quirky action movie. Ritchie directs the movie with a sharp, kinetic style, and he keeps things from getting too stuffy with lots of fight scenes (including Holmes mapping out every fight in his head before throwing a punch).Read more ›
Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) in this presentation is just as observant as usual but is better informed of different disciplines that the original. He uses wily disguises and beautiful women to accomplish his goal of detecting and foiling the cunning bad guys. This looks like the pilot for a series or at least the beginning of a film series.
Dr. Watson (Jude Law) is more of second Holms but a different set of bad habits. He saves Holmes' bacon several times. However, Watson wants to go his own way and settle down with his newfound love Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams.)
This looks like the pilot for a series or at least the beginning of a film series. Holmes is bantering with the insidious Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) who has recently risen from the dead and is determined to create a new world order. Little does he know that they are all pawns in a larger scheme by "you know who." Oh, all right I will say it Professor Moriarty.
This looks like the pilot for a series or at least the beginning of a film series.
Keep watching as the final credits role by. It is nice to see that they tie the names of the character and the actors together with pictures of the characters. I cannot stand disembodies names scrolling by. The is a picture of a naked man, handcuffed to the bead and the caption "Costumes Designer Jenny Beavan"
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A fun movie. The music was a little too creative for my liking but all and all very entertaining!Published 5 months ago by Roslyn Morgan
Great movie but really long. And Robert Downey jr. Is a great actor he never disappointsPublished 6 months ago by Nobody