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The Diva's Review of Sherlock Holmes (2009)


The Diva's review of
Sherlock Holmes(2009)


Sherlock Holmes
Rated ; running time of 2 hours and 10 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Written by: Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg, based on characters Created by Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by: Guy Ritchie 
Cast: Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Kelly Reilly, Eddie Marsan
Release Date: 12/25/09


The Digest

Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his BFF, Dr. John Watson (Jude Law), have been called to help apprehended the notorious serial killer Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). They reach him in the nick of time just as he is trying to take victim number 6.before he can claim his sixth victim. The Police Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan) arrives to make the arrest and is reassured to see that Holmes and Watson have done all the dirty work and have the situation well at hand, and Blackwood is carted off to his execution.

Before he is hanged for his horrific crimes, Blackwood summons Sherlock to his jail cell and informs him that the killings will not stop at his hanging. This is made believable by Blackwood’s apparent rising from the grave. And true to his word, the killings continue. If that weren’t enough Watson is fed up and moving out. Also Watson being in love is no small factor in the decision. But truthfully, he has grown a bit tired of Sherlock’s antics. Sherlock thinks he is only protecting Watson, from Watson. Between Watson’s gambling addiction and what he sees as the quickness of his courtship to Mary (Kelly Reilly) – Sherlock is starting to question Watson’s judgment. Sherlock seems to forget his never ending love for con-artist, Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), calls his own judgment into question.

While all of this is going on it would seem that the newly resurrected, Blackwood is connected to a secret organization that is entangled with members of Parliament and various other governments. But what is really going on? It would seem that Blackwood is hell bent on dismantling Parliament and taking over then look out, here comes world dominance. Why do I hear the theme to “Pinky and the Brain” in my head? “And then I shall take over the world!”

The Dish

Rut Roh Raggy, when my eyes glassed over and my head fell back, I knew the next 90 minutes were going to be trying. While I realize that not everyone has ever read a Holmes book or seen the brilliant Basil Rathbone from some 75(????) years ago. And today’s audiences just aren’t content to see a good old-fashion “who dun it” but at the same time pandering to the audience with special effects leaves one wanting more It reminded me of ‘The League of Extraordinary Men” there was so much emphasis on the special effects that when we sat down to watch it, we realized that the special effects were used like for the classic rope-a-dope. But if you look at any Guy Ritchie movie, you’ll see his trademark jump cuts, slo-mo and style.

I thought RDJ was great as Holmes, he really is a great actor and I’m glad he has gotten his life together. The pairing of RDJ and Jude Law was inspired and I can see why a sequel would be made from that regard, but the rest of the movie and character interaction was just tedious. I didn’t care about Irene and Mary. I just wanted to watch them solve the crime and I was expecting to see a thoughtful arrival at “Elementary My Dear Watson” but I didn’t get that. Okay I admit that Shelock thinking through his punches and the result of each place of his fists, was pretty cool. But beyond that, the movie was smushed together tied with a bow and hurried to its ending. Is it horrible? No. Is it worth $10 of your hard earned dollars? No.

The Directive

I’m not sure they couldn’t have put this together and showed it on Sci-Fi or something and that may be where you should watch it.

3BC Ratings

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Elementary, My dear readers. But not in a nice way.

Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2009
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