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Movie Rec: Sherlock Holmes

The quite possibly most famous detective of all times and his companion chasing down a smart opponent hell-bent on world domination in 19th century London ... Hollywood style.

There's absolutely no way around admitting that it was this movie - not the BBC series or the literary works themselves - that got me into Sherlock Holmes in the first place. I always figured Sherlock Holmes to be this nice English gentleman who solves crimes ... kind of the male version of Miss Marple or something. I had no idea what kind of a wreck and wrecking ball this guy really was. Watching the movie got me into reading the stories which in turn got me into Sherlock (conveniently premiering around that time).

Every Sherlock Holmes is special in some way. Robert Downey Jr. presents him as kind of an action hero, more than good at getting the upper hand in a fight but at the same time brilliant with a scientific mind and boyish charm (it doesn't hurt that he's pretty, too). Jude Law's Dr. Watson on the other hand is the gentleman in this - at least at first glance. His addiction to gambling and the inability to let an adventure pass him by makes him the perfect companion. We meet them when they already established a routine, have known each other for years and work perfectly together. The arrival of John's fiancée Mary in their relationship, though, threatens to destroy the bromance Sherlock is loathe to lose ...

Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes has a lot of action and humour - it is a Hollywood blockbuster after all. You might find this disturbing, if you're really into the classic Sherlock Holmes stories, but I found it a rather entertaining approach. Even more so because the movie also manages to capture all the little things we love about Sherlock Holmes as a character - be it directly or through reference - and the steampunk-y edge to this (in the costumes and the science) makes a really nice addition.



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Jan. 24th, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
Great rec! I was a bit apprehensive about seeing this movie when it came out, because I grew up loving that "nice English gentleman that solved crimes" from the Rathbone movies and the books. (Though of course he's so much more complex than that, and not really very nice at all!)

But I loved this movie, too! It was a fun re-imagining of the character in all the ways you describe, while never losing sight of the essence of Doyle's vision. And it definitely left me wanting more "modern" Holmes stories, so I was primed for the BBC series when it came out.

Sadly, I didn't enjoy the second Downey Jr. movie nearly as much. It seemed too over-the-top somehow.
Jan. 25th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the second movie just as much as the first and I'm eagerly waiting for the third. While it seemed even more action-based than the first, I thought the directing and editing was brilliant.

I wasn't apprehensive at all with the first movie. More the opposite: I was quite happy to see RDJ again after such a long time (I always liked him and thought it rather sad that he lost control over his life for a while there) and I like Jude Law. So the actors were a big reason. Additionally, it looked like a fun movie. I never expected to enjoy the whole Sherlock Holmes universe so much after.
Jan. 24th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
I second that (about the great rec)!

Personally, I love both Downey films, Sherlock AND Elementary, and I grew up on the books and Rathbone (and later Jeremy Brett) films as well. I think I've loved every version of Sherlock Holmes I've read or seen since I was what? Ten? And you're right, it doesn't hurt that he's pretty (I was an avid Downey fan in a previous life :-P).

Oh, wait, strike the "I've loved every version" comment - my eyeballs are still bleeding after the version with Gareth David-Lloyd; that was a thing most horrible, but other than that ... :-D
Jan. 25th, 2014 05:31 am (UTC)
I haven't seen the one with GDL, but I heard it's quite horrible. The plot didn't really pique my interest, either, to be honest. :)

I couldn't get into Elementary, even though I finally broke down and gave it a try. Between Sherlock and Perception, I didn't really need it, though. I also thought it kind of predictable that Watson was turned into a female character. I would have watched more of it if it was the other way around or maybe even both of them! Even though ... imagine a female Sherlock with PMS. *shudders*

I had a huge crush on RDJ in Ally McBeal, until they kicked him out for his drug habit. I think he deserves every single successful movie he's shooting at the moment.
Jan. 26th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
Plot? There was a plot? I must have missed that. Was probably distracted by the cybermen, or possibly the dinosaur. LOL

I actually bought it for a friend (who's an avid fan of GDL), and after seeing the aforementioned dinosaur on the cover I decided I had to watch it before giving it to her. Fell asleep on the first attempt, but managed to finish it the next day. I seriously hope Sir Conan Doyle has a sense of humour, if he was watching that thing from above :-D

Lucy Liu is actually a pretty good Watson, but you're right; a female Sherlock would've been more interesting. I'm sure we'll get there eventually.

Yeah, me too. The crush. Downey. Ally. Seen the whole series five times.


Oh, and the new series of Sherlock starts here on Saturday. Yay!
Jan. 27th, 2014 02:16 am (UTC)
I love Ally McBeal anyway but my mother, my sister and I just totally fell in love with Robert. :D

I hope you have fun with Sherlock then. It's grand, in my opinion!
Jan. 24th, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
I love the RDJ movies as well! There's just an element of fun and adventure with them. Plus, I think the chemistry between RDJ and Jude Law is fantastic (as well as Rachel McAdams)! As much as I enjoy the BBC Sherlock series, I fell in love with this movie series first, so it will always have a special place in my heart for their portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.
Jan. 25th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
RDJ and Jude Law have a great chemistry! The Ritchie movies seem to lean more towards a romance than a bromance at times, too. Like Jude Law said when he was asked whether he would do a romantic comedy in the near future: "I just did." :D
Jan. 25th, 2014 03:14 am (UTC)
Ich mag die Movies und die Serie - aber die Movies noch ein kleines bisschen mehr, weil mir sowohl Robert Downey Jr. als auch Jude Law besser gefallen als ihre britischen Namensvettern. *g*
Jan. 25th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
Oh, ich weiß nicht. Martin und Benedict haben auch was ... :)
Jan. 25th, 2014 10:28 am (UTC)
I agree. I loved both the movies. They were a refreshing take on the characters for me.
Jan. 26th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
They're great!
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