Sherlock Holmes (2009, Period Crime Adventure) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer (Screenplay): Michael Robert Johnson
Writer (Screenplay): Anthony Peckham
Writer (Screenplay): Simon Kinberg
Writer (Screen Story): Lionel Wigram
Writer (Screen Story): Michael Robert Johnson
Producer: Joel Silver
Producer: Lionel Wigram
Producer: Susan Downey
Producer: Dan Lin
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Arthur Conan Doyle
Robert Downey, Jr.: Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law: Dr. John Watson
Rachel McAdams: Irene Adler
Mark Strong: Lord Blackwood
Eddie Marsan: Inspector Lestrade
Kelly Reilly: Mary Morstan

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

The capture and hanging of Lord Blackwood, sinister serial killer, means an onset of unfathomable boredom for consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. The entrance of an old flame, Irene Adler, and the, er, resurrection of Lord Blackwood from the dead, stimulate all his senses satisfactorily.

6/10

Saddled with a plot that lacks cunning, imagination or even much interest and surprisingly short of the director’s witty flourishes, this period buddy-buddy detective movie needs to get by almost solely on the charm of it’s stars. Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams ensure that it does, but only just. The filmmakers expend effort to make the characters appear more rounded and the relationships between the lead triumvirate definitely feel like they have some history. But without any focus on the piercing intelligence of the hero, it loses an opportunity to make that rare beast, an intellectually entertaining Hollywood movie.

This movie contains strong violence, extremely unpleasant scenes and mild nudity.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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