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Sherlock Holmes (2009)


Jeff Nelson

...this Sherlock Holmesis a new vision of the series

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
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There are some stories that have been around as long as most people can remember. Most of these don't entertain audiences for too long and just don't last. Sherlock Holmes lasted.

A detective by the name of Sherlock Holmes and his trusted colleague, Watson, are detectives and must discover the mystery of the case and close it before they become the next victims. The story has passed down the Sherlock Holmes series many times, but this is a new vision of the series. The script is well written with some great corky-esque humor. The screenplay has only a couple redundant lines and is a solid script.

What's so great about this film is that it's perfectly cast. Robert Downey Jr. does a terrific job with bringing Sherlock Holmes to life. Jude Law does a solid job playing Holmes' assistant. The entire cast does an enthralling job, but Robert Downey Jr. is the strongest actor and shows that in any role. He's a near perfect actor.

The visuals are terrific for the most part. The camera angles and effects crew are awesome and really give this film a modern day presence, but there's one problem. Most of the film seems washed out and close to colorless. This may of been intended, but gave the film a dull look that doesn't pull viewers in just by a glance.

Throughout this film, it didn't even feel like a Sherlock Holmes film. It felt like a suspense drama in a different time period, but it still is a passable flick. It's entertaining and will get you thinking. The ending is executed flawlessly, but there are flaws and faults in the course of the film. At times, this movie is slow and might not keep everyone's attention, but if you stick with it, it's worth the trouble. There's a lot of build up to the climax, but it's paid offr. Sherlock Holmes is an impressive film and worth seeing in theaters.

Next movie: Star Trek (2009)

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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