Sherlock Holmes (2009) holds the distinction of being one of the few films I’ve fallen asleep in at the cinema. My nodding off was more a comment on my well-being at the time and not on the quality of the film. When it came up on TV recently, I felt compelled to run through it again.
What a treat! The relationship between RDJ’s Holmes and Law’s Watson is worth your time alone. They’re relationship is one of love and exasperation, and it’s fantastic to watch all the little moments that hint at their long history. The entire cast is on form come to think of it, which when married up to some very slick direction and a great art direction, makes for a great watch.
Puritans may balk at the direction, but the main strengths of iconic characters is how they can be approached differently and still be perfectly valid. Guy Ritchie’s take on Sherlock Holmes covers the main aspects, keeps the period, and layers it all with an edgy and cosmopolitan gloss. Great fun.