In what would seem to be the decade of the “remake” we have yet another detective being rehashed and given the 21st century makeover in the form of Sherlock Holmes. Although this being the next in a long line of Sherlock Holmes stories through the decades and considering the numerous actors to have portrayed him including Jeremy Brett, Basil Rathbone, Roger Moore and Michael Caine, this is the first big budget outing for the Baker Street resident. Guy Ritchie took the directors helm and put a pretty fresh spin on the story. I thought Robert Downey Jr. was fantastic as Sherlock Holmes and there was very good on screen chemistry between him and Jude Law who played Dr. Watson. There was a real sense of enjoyment and fun from this movie, Ritchie glorifying a mystery, action, adventure and comedy all in one. There was a great fight club style scene with brilliant use of Irish music and Rachel McAdams had no trouble looking great and being the feisty damsel.
Downey Jr. played Holmes with style, bringing a rough ladies man the charm and debonair of an ingenious detective who’s logic would make Mr. Spock’s ears prick up. The partnership with Jude Law was great, a duo of friends who fight crime with wits, intelligence and of course a smack in the mouth, using brains, fists and swords to fend off villains. I thought the whole thing was very good fun, and a good helping of Ritchie’s comedy that made films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrells and Snatch such successful British films.
If you’re a Sherlock Holmes purist and looking for a masterpiece you’ll be bitterly disappointed, but I for one loved it, and in all honesty it’s the first Sherlock Holmes film I’ve ever liked. This is a greatly entertaining movie; yes it’s far-fetched, but it’s good fun, and very funny along the way.