Sunday, January 10, 2010

great movie to starting this year

sherlock holmes movie, staring by Robert Downey Jr (sherlock holmes),Jude Law (Dr.Watson), and Rachel McAdams (Irene Adler). Based on novel 'Sherlock Holmes', 'Sherlock Holmes Last Bow' is a collection of short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which tells of the exploits of Sherlock Holmes football as a detective in London and surrounding areas. This series became the cover of a series of short stories of Sherlock Holmes. Published in English under the title His Last Bow in 1917, the contents of this book includes short stories about Holmes, who circulated between the years 1908 to 1913 plus one story written in 1917.

two thumbs up!!!!

the story:
The film begins with the arrest of Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong (Body of Lies, impressive) who uses his mysterious dark powers to rule London. Holmes and Watson get back to business and together track down the culprit and get him arrested. Just when Holmes feels that he has solved the case, news of Blackwood getting back from the dead surfaces leading the famous detective and his sidekick to yet another mind-bending journey of solving a supernatural puzzle this time around. Complicating matters is Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), Holmes’s ex-flame, who returns to London with hidden motives that adds to Holmes’ list of suspicions.

Ritchie’s adaptation portrays Holmes’ eccentricities as a genius perfectly but somehow also makes him look more of a street fighter than a detective. The huge number of stunts induced in the film makes it more of an action packed James Bond flick and less of a suspense thriller which it should ideally be. The stunts are shot superbly (watch out for the scene where Holmes envisages his stunts before he actually does it. The stunts are shown in slow motion and are cleverly shot) but its abundance and thus lack of relevance is what puts you off. Holmes is also shown spending more time in fist-fights than solving his cases.

Coming to the story, seeing Holmes solve a puzzle with his great mind is what you expect but what you get is meaningless conversations between the characters instead and then stunts in between when the director feels the pace of the film has slowed down.

The supernatural plot is predictable and thus disinteresting. Addition of Rachel McAdams as femme fatale Irene is another drawback as she doesn’t exude the sensuality her character demands. Rachel and Robert have zero chemistry!

Set in 19th century London, the film lacks the Victorian finesse that the era demands.

In spite of the odds, what does make Sherlock Holmes worth a watch is the chemistry between its lead actors. Ritchie gets his casting bang on. Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock and Jude Law as Dr Watson are superb. They keep bickering like a married couple throughout. When Watson decides to move out of their shared apartment and live with his fiancĂ©e Mary instead, you sense jealousy in Holmes’ eyes. If Holmes is a genius yet an eccentric brat, Watson is a protective partner who helps Holmes balance his life by making him look sane to the outside world. Robert and Jude both exude unspoken emotions for each other thus creating a subtle homo-erotic tension between their characters. Ritchie’s typical dark humour and witty one-liners work too.


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