Going in to Sherlock Holmes I wasn’t too sure it’d be any good, but I hoped for the best. I’m not exactly a fan of Guy Richie’s films and I wasn’t sure his usual style would work for what is pretty much a mystery film. With that all said I was pretty surprised at how much I enjoyed it, it is more or less a mystery film with a good amount of humour, punctuated by fun chase scenes and action set pieces.
The story starts out with a chase through London, which serves as an introduction to Sherlock and his way of thinking as he infiltrates a black magic ceremony and takes out several bad guys as Watson and Inspector Lastrade come in to lend a hand and arrest Lord Blackwood, the main bad guy of the piece.
As we come to the story we find out that Watson is moving out and getting engaged and Holmes doesn’t seem to be taking it at all well, firing a pistol indoors and frightening the landlady of 221B Baker Street, as it comes to Lord Blackwood’s execution, at which Watson is the attending physician, Blackwood requests to see Holmes and give him a warning of what is to come.
After Blackwood is executed we’re introduced to Irene Adler, Holmes’ love interest and the only person to ever outsmart him, who it turns out is working for a certain professor, and she hires him to find a man who’s gone missing, which sets him out on his course through the film.
As I said I’ve never actually read any Sherlock Holmes stories, but I know the general character traits, an incredibly smart, deductive and logical man with his eccentricities and addictions, with an edge of sarcasm and hostility to him, which are played well by Robert Downey Jr. but I can’t comment on how accurate he is in portraying the actual character. The same goes for Jude Law as Watson, he seems to be having fun in the role and to be honest knowing House is based on Holmes I couldn’t help picturing some of the scenes playing out with House and Wilson. I can’t really say anyone stands out as bad or miscast in the film at all.
I also thought the musical score suited the film well, and while I can’t point any parts that that really stood out I remember specifically mentioning it as something I enjoyed as I walked out of the cinema. Overall the film has a lot going for it and I would happily see it again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun film.