Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Review: Sherlock Holmes

The truth is, I'd be lying if i claimed not to have enjoyed Sherlock Holmes. It's a tad smarter than your average action adventure story and features the genuinely charismatic Robert Downey Jr. spinning a new, very convincing take on Arthur Conan Doyle's old character. I'd also say it's director Guy Ritchie's first successful film since Snatch, and that it pulls off glorious things with its Victorian London setting. Oh yes, i enjoyed it. I liked it quite a bit. It plays on a whole run of things that appeal to me and i am truly a sucker for protagonists who happen to be eccentric rakish geniuses. I'd even go so far as to say that when the sequel comes out (and there will surely be a sequel) i will certainly watch it. Then i'd go one step further and say that though it appears to be a departure from the novels and stories, it's not really so far away, and i can't really say i didn't ever know (though i can't recall if it's actually in the text) somewhere in the back of my mind that Sherlock had to be fairly decent at self-defense. If you need to stop here, i'll let you. I don't see any reason why you shouldn't see Sherlock Holmes, it's perfectly alright. It's just, you know, i'd also be lying if i pretended that it was actually something great...

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