Sherlock Holmes 2009 is an English film directed by Guy Ritchie starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson. The Iron Man fame- Robert Downey Jr. has superb sense of humour and perfect for a 2009 detective film. Check out the trailer, read reviews and sign up for DVD Release date. The film “Sherlock Holmes” has been nominated for Golden Globe Award in the section of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Robert Downey Jr. Hans Zimmer also received nomination for “Best Composer” Critics Choice Award in Broadcast Film Critics Association.
Robert Downey Jr. brings the legendary detective to life as he has never been portrayed before. Jude Law stars as Holmes’ trusted colleague, Watson, a doctor and war veteran who is a formidable ally for Sherlock Holmes. Rachel McAdams stars as Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have bested Holmes and who has maintained a tempestuous relationship with the detective. Mark Strong stars as their mysterious new adversary, Blackwood. Kelly Reilly will play Watson’s love interest, Mary.
After finally catching serial killer and occult “sorcerer” Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner’s new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic – and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.
Cast and Crew
- Genres: Action/Adventure, Thriller, Adaptation and Mystery
- Running Time: 2 hr. 9 min.
- Release Date: December 25th, 2009 (wide)
- MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including violence, disturbing images and a scene of suggestive material.
- Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
- Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan
- Directed by: Guy Ritchie
- Produced by: Michael Tadross, Bruce Berman, Joel Silver
‘Sherlock Holmes’ at elementary best yet again (IANS Film Review; Rating ***)
By Joginder Tuteja
Film: “Sherlock Holmes”; Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong;
Director: Guy Ritchie; Rating: ***
Trust filmmaker Guy Ritchie to keep reinventing himself with each outing. For someone who made a stunning announcement with “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998) more than a decade back, he continues to have his stamp firmly planted over his films.
Other than Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie is the only contemporary filmmaker who has a strong presence despite a limited body of work.
This is why one watches “Sherlock Holmes” keenly. Presenting an iconic character on celluloid is always a risky preposition. How does a director bring in a new dimension to characters that are so well known?
What Ritchie does is change the very surroundings of his lead protagonist Sherlock Holmes, played to perfection by Robert Downey Jr. He brings in black magic, sorcery and the conflict of believers v/s non-believers while aiming to bring scientific explanations to every mishap and misadventure.
An evil force Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) wishes to rule the world and he begins his endeavour from London. His one point agenda is to instil fear in the citizens of the world and for that, his weaponry is black magic.
Aided by his friend Doctor Watson (Jude Law), Sherlock Holmes gets Blackwood captured and the villain dies…only to return from the dead. From there begins an adventure where Holmes picks up clues, sees murders happening all around him, keeps his sanity intact and finally brings on a big expose that challenges the very essence of black magic.
As Holmes starts putting together the jigsaw puzzle, the narrative starts becoming far more engaging. An action sequence set on a ship and later atop a bridge is indeed thrilling while the background music is equally effective.
Cinematography, mainly in sepia shades, brings back London from a century ago. Also, despite black magic playing a major role in the narrative, it never turns gory or offensive. Instead, these are the points where dialogues, in characteristic Guy Ritchie style, are funny and help relieve the tense moments.
While the filmmaker reinvents himself with “Sherlock Holmes”, one misses his trademark shot-taking and background narrative along with character introduction, something that he has done so brilliantly in his earlier ventures.
Also, the film is verbose for most of its duration which means that for the lovers of non-stop and thrilling action, there isn’t much in the offing.
Yes, the film carries its own wit but given the fact that this is understated British humour, one has to adapt to it. It does take time to adjust to the mood of “Sherlock Holmes”.
Since the film is set in London of 1891, the sepia shades, dingy by-lanes, under construction buildings, horse driven carriages, the overall black costumes and heavily accented dialogue delivery take a viewer into a different world altogether.
–Indo-Asian News Service
Sherlock Holmes [Theatrical Release]
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