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Movie review: Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes ― In cinemas now
Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes makes a welcome change to recent film adaptations of classic novels proving to be less than faithful to their originals (think Dorian Gray). With Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. playing Watson and Holmes rather well, the film’s focus on their characters does not disappoint.

What I particularly liked about this film was the way in which Holmes’s character narrated his moves in a fight before he carried them out in normal time; made all the better for not being overused.

On a similar theme, the scene in which Irene leaves in a horse and carriage with a ‘mystery man’ is then played back from Holmes’s perspective. This is again an easily created piece, but one which begins to provide more than one simple perspective.

Surprisingly then, this film was ultimately very watchable. It did however have something in common with most film adaptations of novels, namely the vastly reduced amount of concentration required.

The film is in no way a replacement for Arthur Conan Doyle’s works of Sherlock Holmes. What it does effectively however, is the delving into the character of Sherlock Holmes, despite avoiding his cocaine addiction; Downey Jr. still manages to introduce some depth into the adaptation..

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