Sunday, 3 January 2010

Film Review: SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009)

Director: Guy Ritchie
Running time: 128 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): 12A

Watched at the cinema Saturday 2nd January 2010.


I went to a matinee showing of this film and the cinema, in their infinite wisdom decided to show it in the little theatre upstairs. This isn’t usually a problem, but when it’s packed to the rafters it’s not the most pleasant cinema experience in the world. Having said that, I did enjoy the film. Holmes and Watson occupy rooms at 221b Baker Street, however, their idyll is soon to be disturbed because Watson has got engaged and plans to move out with his new bride. It’s Victorian London and they currently have more pressing matters, the game’s afoot!

We begin with Holmes and Watson closing in on Lord Blackwood, who is in the throws of performing a satanic ritual in the catacombs below London. They successfully apprehend him and he is arrested by Inspector Lestrade. Sentenced to death, Lord Blackwood calls for Holmes and warns him that there will be four more murders. Having been hanged and pronounced dead, by Watson, his body is interred. The following day his tomb has been opened from the inside and he has been seen wandering about the graveyard. It seems Holmes and Watson have another mystery to solve. At this point, Irene Adler, a former adversary of Holmes appears on the scene and commissions him to find a man involved in the Blackwood case. This will lead them to a conspiracy that threatens the bedrock of British society. She is in the employ of a very mysterious stranger, a professor of some kind. I think that’s enough to whet you appetite… I don’t want to give away too many spoilers now do I?

A well made film with plenty of action and some really great comedic moments. I loved the interplay between Holmes and Watson; they were almost like an old married couple at times, which was really amusing. Great performances from all of the leading cast, Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, Jude Law as Dr. John Watson, Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler, Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood and Eddie Marsan as Inspector Lastrade.

Although there was much to admire, I must say that, at times, I did find the dialogue a bit baggy. It got bogged down in a couple of places, which didn’t help the flow of the film. Also, the look of the film was a bit grainy, which made for a very dark aspect to it. Having said that, it’s still a very enjoyable film and one I will watch again at some point.

My score: 7.5/10

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