Sherlock Holmes Review
February 19th, 2012
Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is about black magic tricked with science. It may not be totally black magic but the movie considers itself to become a black magic until the secret is revealed. Considering the original novel series written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes is having the magic in finding the puzzle. It looked more like a blessing in disguise. The elements of the movie considering the plot may be quite borrowed or created, chase, fights and romance elements were having its own share. Guy Ritchie planned with the earlier movie RocknRolla that he can bring someone who is presumed to be dead alive. Following the same concept here he fused mystery and black magic with some parts of electrifying science and the world's greatest detective to solve the case.
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) are on to catch lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) from making a girl kill herself. After successful in that work, Sherlock and Watson are now having a problem that might separate their beliefs. It seems that Blackwood has risen again from the grave and supposed to do something to control the world and make the future. It is up to Sherlock and Watson despite having their own problems go out and solve the case. The case ends well and of course reopens telling the name Moriarty at the climax( we all know that he has a small hand barrel with a hole in his shirt and calling himself professor). With total run time of 128 minutes this seemed long winded. With a gripping way to begin and puzzle getting more exciting Sherlock Holmes had the perfect first 30 minutes. The next 60 minutes became a damp squib. The narrative convoluted at a snail's pace. Sherlock Holmes played by Mr. Downey is almost like a child's play. Jude law took a safe bet in terms of enacting the role of Dr. Watson. Personal problems with Holmes probably took a long time to get settled leaving the plot behind. Downey was the only tower of strength in the whole movie. His psychological planning before executing an attack on a person is something different and quite great. His quickness in reading other's mind is also a theatrical display of what Sherlock could actually do and Downey totally managed to carry the role. But there are certain points where movie takes the snail pace. For example: Sherlock explaining Watson about him chasing Irene (Rachel Mcadams) should have been told rather shown. It would have saved ample time. Another example is the silly and funny fight scene with the tall man and a group of thugs seemed too long to consider it a breath of fresh air. They go from place to place and finally wrap up with the shipping yard. The whole action scene was funny and was made to either run the time or proving that action speaks louder than words.
Displaying unconstructed London Bridge and taking the viewers to the climactic battle over the top is the best way a camera work can be done. Cinematography was just perfect to set the period. Some parts can improve. For example: Sherlock Holmes reveals his clues at the climax but camera work and editing was so fast to catch the audience attention. It should have been slow. Editing bites the dust as it almost spoilt the whole plot.
Guy Ritchie planned to display the world's greatest detective. In fact he did show his talent in solving the case but due to snail pace screenplay and sweeten the pill kind of scenes it looked long and convoluted to understand and hold interest. But due to the brilliant presentation and some great acting displayed Sherlock Holmes turns out to be a safe bet. I give B and score of 2.5/4