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Sherlock Holmes (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Holmes reborn July 13 2011
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Slightly flawed in part which may spoil it for some, but over all a rollicking adventure. Holmes for the 21st century. I hope they make more but I suspect some purists won't like this interpretation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This will raise expectations... May 9 2011
....but the new Holmes movie reminded me of, believe it or not, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not Your Grandfather's Sherlock Holmes April 18 2011
By falcon
this is not your Grandfather's Sherlock Holmes.this Sherlock Holmes is just as much of an intellectual,but also shows a physical prowess.he isn't afraid to get down and dirty.he's also much more liberal in his thinking than previous incarnations.he's not so staid and stoic about things.and there's no deerstalker cap here.Watson is also shown to have quite the intellectual prowess himself.he's also handy physically.guy Ritchie directed this film,and did a good job.my only complaint is that the movie drags in a few spots and i feel it could have been shortened.overall,though a fine effort.for me,Sherlock Holmes (2009)is a 4/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent....hoping for a sequel or two! July 4 2010
Great story, wonderful photography/scenes/clothing/settings.
Fast and witty conversations between characters. Had to watch it
a couple of times to catch all the slow/speedy sequences.
Well cast and totally a great film. Hoping for more, as that's how it
leaves you at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Sherlock Feb. 23 2014
Like everyone else in the world, I instantly went cross-eyed at the idea of Guy Ritchie making a Sherlock Holmes movie.

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).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes Jan. 18 2014
By katzi TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I purchased this for myself - I am a mystery buff. this meets my taste in mystery and it is priced well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the godliness of Robert Dowey Jr. Dec 29 2013
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A fantastic movie, clever and witty, wonderful characters, an amazing era-like set up. You can't make a better sherlock Holmes movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Holmes! Brilliant Watson! Epic recreation!
This is THE role for Robert Downey Jr. It is better than him as Iron Man, and better than most of his stuff in the 80's and 90's. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TheMattDaddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie, fun to watch. The quality was good, but I could not tell if the blu ray was the reason. However my Blu ray player had a bit problems read the disc at first. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Thomas Veilleux
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's a long journey from here to the rope."
This might not be the best thing to watch if you have a preconceived idea of Holmes and Watson from the books or the classic "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (1939) with Basil... Read more
Published 5 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Downey Jr makes a great Sherlock
or perhaps it's just because I'm a Downey Jr. fan :-) regardless, these are well done and he makes for an entertaining Sherlock Holmes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by movielover
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful!
A great work by Robert Downey Jr. The mastermind of Sherlock Holmes is quite amazing! Easy to watch several times.
Published 8 months ago by Barbara Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Great movie!
Great fun and entertainment!

Published 11 months ago by RoadRunner75
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I thought it was different and fully enjoyed it and will watch again and loved the characters they portrayed .
Published 13 months ago by Carol Pollard
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes.....a must to your collection
Could not choose better duo as actors for the roles. And what about his lady friend...a delight for the eyes....miam miam....lol
Published 14 months ago by Michel Richer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Beginning
A fun and creative start to the serious. Hope there will be more. A good combination with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. Sure hope there will be a serious of these movies.
Published 15 months ago by MelRam
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