Sherlock Holmes is violent, exciting and not
at all like interpretations of old. This new action packed take on the
legendary detective may be hard to swallow for ardent fans, but the
majority of people will be too swept up in the plot to be too bothered
about the differences between Holmes of the page and the screen.
The story revolves around evil serial killer Lord Blackwood (Mark
Strong) who Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law) catch at
the beggining of the film. After he has been hanged, and proclaimed
dead by Dr. Watson himself, people claim to have seen him, and then
more people start mysteriously dying...
It is not all death and gloom however. At the same time as trying to
catch Blackwood, comic relief is provided as Holmes tries to ruin
Watson's relationship with Mary (Kelly Reilly). There is also romance
for Holmes himself as Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), the only criminal
from the past he never defeated, as well as the only one he has ever
loved, returns with secret instructions from a shadowy boss.
Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law really make this film. Although the
plot is sometimes a little tricky to understand, the totally asexual
chemistry between the two of them makes it hard to tear your eyes from
the screen and as a result lots of popcorn ends up on the floor! Downey
Jr. is particularly impressive, his English accent is flawless and
makes what initially may have been seen as slightly off-kilter casting
seem the only feasible option.
Rachel McAdams puts up a valiant effort, but is really outclassed
and outacted by the two leads and as a results seems a bit like she's
trying too hard to act when it comes just so easily to the others.
A honourable mention must also go to Mark Strong, who is fantastically
creepy as the evil Lord Blackwood, a brilliant villain, who keeps you
guessing the whole way though as to whether he really is using magic or
if it's all just a clever trick.