Written on: 04/01/2010 by reviewkitten (280 reviews written)
Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes at first glance filled me with a feeling of unease. With critical flops like Rock 'n Rolla and the confusing Smoking Aces I thought Ritchie had no more tricks up his sleeve after thrilling us with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch but I was wrong.
Robert Downey Jr excels in the guise of Sherlock Holmes, bringing alive the analytical and logical genius whilst highlighting the more hedonistic aspects of the Baker Street detective. Perfectly foiled by Jude Law who is developing an impressive CV of great performances (the remake of Sleuth being particularly good). Gone is the stuffy, serious Holmes and Watson replaced by a pairing who complement each other and this partnership really works.
Full of action, witty dialogue and spectacular looking backdrops of Victorian London; the film really shows how much Richie loves Arthur Conan Doyle's creation and has in turn made a film that I really enjoyed and wholeheartedly recommend. Put aside any preconceptions you may have about Guy Ritchie and enjoy.
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