Sherlock Holmes is way beyond elementary, my dear Watson
I’m on leave until the end of the year, and while I am still working on some stuff, I am able to just drive to a nearby shopping centre and watch a movie. And that is exactly what I did today. I was chatting to a good friend online and spontaneously decided that I wanted to watch Sherlock Holmes.
I was never a big fan of the books – I read a couple I think – but I grew up wanting to be exactly like him, and the other detectives and mystery solvers in the world. Except that then, I was more at the age reading Hardy Boys, The Famous Five and my favourite of all time, Nancy Drew!
Well, add to the fact that Robert Downey Jr is one of my favourite actors (and singer, incidentally) of all time, I just had to catch this. I’m not sure how faithful he played Holmes (or how accurately Holmes was written by the screenwriters) but it worked for me.
This is my conclusion: MUST WATCH!
Yup, I know I said the same thing about Avatar but if you ask me, in terms of overall movie watching experience, Sherlock Holmes is so much more exciting. I know, it doesn’t have the amazing effects and graphics that Avatar had (and no one was blue in colour) but Sherlock Holmes can boast great acting, interesting cinematography and quite fun directing.
Avatar only had one out of those three. Plus, it was exciting all the way through it’s roughly two-hours, so it didn’t feel draggy at all. My friend Daniel and I were totally captivated. I thought Rachel McAdams was just okay – though she looked very good in her costumes – but Jude Law was quite the brilliant Watson. And a very different to what I always imagined Holmes’ sidekick (played more as a partner here, and a possible 19th century bromance) to be.
Without wanting to give to much away, Sherlock Holmes was a treat for the mind – one twist after another – but brilliantly executed by director Guy Ritchie. I’ve not cared too much for the couple of films I’ve seen him direct, but this one is two thumbs up! His quick-cuts and fast paces scenes in movies like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels used to annoy me, but it really worked in this one.
That said, certain scenes where Holmes figures something out – or explains something – reminds me of when Tom Hanks was piecing his clues together in The Da Vinci Code.
As for the storyline, it was interesting at first, then got a bit predictable but it wasn’t brilliant. I thought that was the only Hollywood part of the film. But still, I reallllyyy enjoyed the movie. It was exciting, entertaining and captivating.
The only thing is that I didn’t expect it to be so violent. I kept having to close my eyes with my hands. Then again, I’m the same guy who screamed like a girl in Ang Lee’s The Hulk (when the Hulk-like dogs appeared) and got totally freaked out by some of those strange animals in Avatar. Or who lovedÂ Primal Fear and American History X, but swore never to watch them again.
I’m actually quite surprise at how little hype there is on this movie locally (I guess movies about blue people – don’t get me wrong, I loved that movie too – got all the attention). I didn’t know it was showing until I read a few Tweets and Facebook status updates.
So, please go and watch it if you haven’t yet. I can’t wait for part two. And three. And four …
12.03am Malaysian time (+8 GMT)