Tuesday, December 29, 2009

SHERLOCK HOLMES

Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Mark Strong, Rachel McAdams


"Nothing escapes him"


Lido Cineplex, Shaw Center
Singapore



If he were alive today I wonder how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the fictional detective character would have reacted to this film adaptation, which got the Guy Ritchie treatment. Ritchie's directorial style pretty much unfolds like a smorgasbord of violence coupled with witty dialogue, close up angles and slow motion sequences served with rapid action filled suspense.

Me? I liked the movie. Robert Downey, Jr did an excellent job in portraying the detective with all his eccentricities shining to the fore. He also had good rapport with Jude Law who played a much younger Watson. They complemented each other both in the movie as contrasting partners in crime sleuthing and as actors fielding their talents on each other. It was a good combination to watch. On the other hand, I couldn't care less for Rachel McAdams's character nor Rachel McAdams herself. She seems out of place in her role. She is more suited for romantic chick flicks. But I figure she will play a bigger role in the sequel since her character is the link to the famous Moriarty, the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. That is if there is indeed a sequel and if she takes up the role again.

Anyways, authentic set design provided a realistic view of that era which history books have documented as a rather bleak period filled with grime and crime festering in the bowels of London. The soundtrack was good enough, a tad loud for some scenes but it added to the dramatic effect of the film.

Overall, I was pretty psyched about watching this film primarily due to Robert Downey, Jr. I am really glad he has cleaned up his act and back to performing good roles again. I hope it continues and I am certainly looking forward to the sequel. There is still alot of avenues to explore vis a vis his quite interesting and intriguing personality. And yes I am referring to both Robert Downey, Jr and Sherlock Holmes. We cannot separate them from each other now. He was born to play the part!

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