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Media Maven: "Sherlock Holmes" Movie Review

Media Maven: "Sherlock Holmes" Movie Review
No detective — fiction or not — has the reputation of Sherlock Holmes. Our Media Maven shares evidence on whether this classic tale lives up to its predecessors.


"Sherlock Holmes"
Robert Downey Jr. Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan, Robert Maillet, Geraldine James, Kelly Reilly

 

There are many renditions of Sherlock Holmes in films that span decades. This version, however, is a much updated, sophisticated 21st-century Holmes. And much of the credit goes to Guy Ritchie as the director and the smart, erudite screenplay writing of Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham.

 

This Sherlock Holmes is portrayed by the irascible Robert Downey Jr.; Dr. John Watson, by Jude Law; and the femme fatale, by Rachel McAdams. Let's face it, any story about Sherlock Holmes will be a "Who done it?" with a cat and mouse chase scene. But what makes this version so entertaining is the creative way in which the characters are developed and the plot is presented.

 

Let's talk about character development. Sherlock is a bigger than life "bad boy with issues" persona. He sulks, he sleuths, and he sleeps when bored with no cases to amuse him. He is like the cat who loves to untangle the ball of yarn being motivated simply by the pleasure the act of unraveling gives him. 0110Fence_INSTORY.gif

 

Then there is Watson. In former portrayals, our Watson is nothing more than an older, heavy-set, bumbling old man who is the befuddled sidekick partner of Holmes. In this film, Law brings viewers a handsome, younger, more virile Watson. This Watson even has a love interest that is part of the story plot.

 

Any woman could be cast as the femme fatale who lures Sherlock Holmes into her twisted web, but McAdams seems to relish this role and gives us a spirited, energetic performance.

 

The backdrop of this story was reminiscent of Tim Burton's recent "Sweeney Todd." Yet, this film made its mark with Director Ritchie's use of previewing stop-action sequences with voiceovers from Sherlock explaining his movements to fight scenes prior to their execution in real time and nd several creative director shots of sweeping panoramic views.

 

This Sherlock Holmes will prove to entertain. The reinvention of this English classic is one worth seeing!

 

Well done!

 

Chic Stars: * * * *

 

Jan's Movie Rating System:

 

* * * * * — Top-notch entertainment

* * * * — Compelling, heartwarming, thrilling, comical

* * * — The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.

* * — If you are bored, watch it or wait for DVD

* — Don't bother. Too morose, too violent, too blase, an enigma.



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