Coming out in theaters Christmas day 2009 is a new portrayal of a very old character that has been referenced countless times throughout popular media. Sherlock Holmes is Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, known for his intellectual prowess and keen sense of observation, deductive reasoning and forensic skills. All these attributes are put to use to solve many an unsolved mystery. With these, almost superhuman, powers one is stuck sitting on the edge of his or her seat waiting to hear the logical jumps that these characters make. In addition, this new Sherlock Holmes seems to be laced with outstanding action sequences and dappled with witty comic relief.
Having only seen the couple short trailers that are available, Sherlock Holmes seems rife with beautiful scenery all set in a vintage style. Robert Downey Jr. continues his reemergence, as one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, as the lead role of Sherlock Holmes. Jude Law comes in as Holmes’s friend and second as Dr. John Watson. Rachel McAdams can also be found brightening up the screen as an alluring love interest for Holmes. At the helm, as the director, is Guy Ritchie who has films such as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and RocknRolla, among others, under his belt.
This movie is rated PG-13 for violence and action, some startling images, and suggestive material. It seems Ritchie has taken Sherlock Holmes out of his normal slow and steady intellectual romp and thrown him into a fast paced action film while still maintaining the core attributes. This reviewer will definitely be there opening night.
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action.
Running time: 139 minutes
Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, and Eddie Marsan.
Directed By: Guy Ritchie