Sherlock Holmes is a rollicking good time of a movie! Originally, I couldn’t fathom an action oriented Sherlock Holmes, who had amazing fighting skills to go along with his genius. I had no intention of seeing the film although the trailer looked pretty good. I grew up with Sherlock Holmes being a stuffed shirt bore, and really couldn’t get motivated to see the film. My dad and my buddy Pete changed my tune with their excited synopsis of the film. I must say that they were correct. Sherlock Holmes has been reinvented, and he and his side kick Dr. Watson work for me. I don’t want to go into the plot of the movie because it could spoil it, but I will say that it revolves around a mystery that centers on the possibility of black magic or new age science. To me this film harkens back to the idea behind the original Wild Wild West with Robert Conrad, not the dud with Will Smith. In the original Wild Wild West, the heroes came across or used inventions and scientific devices that were so new that it bordered on magic. The Sherlock Holmes movie uses the same technique to great effect.
Another great aspect of the movie was the mystery surrounding Lord Blackwood the villain and how he accomplished his various feats in the film. The mystery of the movie was not unsolvable by any means, but the journey to see how it was resolved and how the villain pulled it off kept you guessing throughout the film.
The fight scenes involving Holmes, which I thought I would have a problem with, were not over the top at all. The fighting he did really fit his character, and I loved the unique way they showcased Holmes fighting genius by having him visually explain the purpose behind each attack he would make prior to making it. It was a very intellectual and surgically precise exercise he performed that I found refreshing.
The key to success with this film was the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) are very convincing in their roles, and I bonded with them immediately. The brotherly love they share on screen seems so real that I wonder if they are close friends off screen. This film provides everything you look for in a film, great action scenes, good story, mystery, suspense and awesome character development. Avatar was good, but this is much better, Sherlock Holmes is a well rounded flick that will please all audiences. They have already set up the players for the sequel, with the infamous Moriarty being the likely villain or player behind the scenes, and I for one am really looking forward to it. I must also add that the score for the film was awesome, which also enhanced the Sherlock Holmes experience.