Sherlock Holmes

Rating – **

Today a friend asked me if I’d seen Sherlock Holmes, I said no. A few seconds went by then I corrected myself, I had indeed seen Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes less than a week ago. The fact that it faded from memory so fast is either a damning indictment of my hippocampus or a sign that the film isn’t so great. I’m going with the latter. However, Sherlock Holmes is not exactly the train wreck I was expecting. All the trailers and posters hinted at something to rival The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Van Helsing in the turkey stakes……. “Mmmm turkey steaks”

 The worst part of the film sees Ritchie falling back into old habits. What was fresh (and actually relevant to the plot) in Snatch, seems completely tacked on in Sherlock. I refer to the slow motion bare knuckle boxing. There is no pay off later in the story, it’s just a scene with no stylistic correlation to the rest of the film. With Holmes already established as a scatter-brained but quick witted, refined, and “quirky” rogue (basically just Jack Sparrow in London) it seems out of character for him to be beating the shit out of musclemen in a grimy boxing arena.

 Most of the film is harmless enough yet never very engaging as a mystery. I honestly have no recollection of the twists and turns and “oh so ingenious” clues. Lord Blackwood came back from the dead, some random people died, a ship yard was destroyed….. I can’t really remember why.  To be fair all the performances are strong (especially Jude Law), Guy Ritchie has always known how to shoot with style, and the score is something fresh. A refined sequel set in this newly established world might not be a bad idea. If they throw in a combination of Jonathan Creek-like intrigue and some set pieces worthy of Indiana Jones, it could be a winner.


~ by thewholebuffalo on January 8, 2010.

2 Responses to “Sherlock Holmes”

  1. James you know nothing about film!

    we all agreed 3 and a half stars for this and around the same for Avatar.

    Please correct your website

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