Sherlock Holmes (2009) – Film Review

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Whilst waiting for my copy of Conan Doyle’s The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes to be delivered in the post, the only thing to whet my appetite, short of a Cumberbatch binge, had to be Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes masterpiece from 2009.

It has pure class and brilliance as we are absorbed into 1891 London with the famous Sherlock Holmes played by Robert Downey Jr. and his companion Dr John Watson, played by Jude Law. In typical Holmes fashion, they are caught up in murder, conspiracy and magic that forces them to decipher the mystery and find the culprits. Rachel McAdams plays the notorious Irene Adler and Mark Strong is the enigmatic Lord Blackwood. The film is highly recommended and a must watch for all the keen-eyed detectives out there as we, alongside homes are tried and tested throughout the entire case.

A Trip Back In Time

Guy Ritchie transports us into Holmes’ world as we traipse through the streets and sewers of London. There is no arty or slow filming, the camera is always on the move as we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of London. Yet simultaneously, we enter the mind of Sherlock himself as we see what makes him tick and how we can reach the conclusion of the case. In a similar fashion to the new BBC series, we see the most minutia of detail as it happens. The slow-mos and close-ups of all the clues and evidence brings the world to life. Every detail in the shots are worth noting as everything means something, all storylines are concluded and no loose ends are left behind. It is a fantastically well written film that Conan Doyle himself would be impressed with. I would say the music is one of the best soundtracks out there, Hans Zimmer being brilliant as always. If you don’t feel like you’ve been in 19th Century London during the film, then you haven’t been watching properly.

It is a fantastically well-written film that I hope Conan Doyle himself would have been mightily impressed with. I would say the music is one of the best soundtracks out there, Hans Zimmer being brilliant as always. If you don’t feel like you’ve been in 19th Century London during the film, then you haven’t been watching properly.

A Dynamic Duo

The film was also gifted with a fantastic duo of Downey Jr. and Jude Law. They became a fantastic duo, both fit for action and funny at the same time. Each produced their own one-liners and they both bounced off each other throughout the film. It was strange seeing Tony Stark running around old-time London, but I eventually got used to it. For me, Downey Jr is Sherlock Holmes, Cumberbatch was running around modern-day London so that doesn’t count in my eyes. Even some of the minor roles such as Eddie Marsan as Lestrade and Geraldine James as Mrs Hudson were all portrayed well in my eyes.

Not Another Sherlock Movie?

After so much cinematic representation of the notorious detective, I’m really hoping that the stories themselves live up to the same fashion. I will try and avoid picturing Robert Downey Jr. throughout but I can’t promise much. For my module, I will be focusing on the revenge aspects of these stories, and what they entail within a broader range of literature. I have no idea on what to expect, but am highly anticipating reading them. But I’m digressing from the film. It’s fantastic, one of my favourites to watch over and over. It has action, comedy, mystery, murder and a hint of romance. What more can you ask for? A definite watch for all, literature and film lovers alike.

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