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Sherlock Holmes [Blu-ray]
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The game is afoot – and astounding! Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law put memorable imprints on the roles of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in a bold reimagining that makes the famed sleuth a daring man of action as well as a peerless man of intellect. Guy Ritchie directs this dazzling adventure.]]>
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Robert Downey's Holmes is a brilliant brat. He borrows Watson's clothes without permission, insults Watson's fiance at their first meeting, and drives Mrs. Hudson to her wits' ends, but he's also a guy who knows his way around a boxing ring and the one you want on your side when facing doom in the form of Lord Blackwood, an executed murderer who resurfaces at the head of a black magic cult bent on world domination.
Jude Law's Watson is an understated sidekick to the flamboyant Holmes, but their relationship is more of a partnership than in typical Holmes/Watson duos. It's fun to watch the verbal sparring and exasperation which underlying affection makes sparkling rather than mean. The supporting cast is excellent, as well. The movie plays fair with the viewer. When Holmes explains how the crimes were carried out, we realize we saw the same clues at the same time he did. No deus ex machina here--it's all elementary.
This Sherlock Holmes is neither Jeremy Brett nor Basil Rathbone. Viewers who expect to settle into a predictable detective yarn will be disappointed. This Holmes is edgy, action packed and slightly uncomfortable, but more believable because of it. It's smart and atmospheric, and well worth seeing.
The structure of the story itself could well be one of Doyle's original stories. It especially reminds me of "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," in which an apparently supernatural series of events turns out to have a logical explanation. This is what surprised me the most when I saw the movie for the first time: that it engaged Doyle's narrative strategies in film form. In fact, this engagement is incredibly detailed. For instance, the scenes early in the movie where Irene Adler visits Holmes at home exploit Doyle's typical doubleness: at first we get a strung-together series of events whose chain of cause and effect are unexplained. Then, later, we get a recap in which Holmes explains that chain in detail, supposedly to Watson but really to the viewing audience. This particular set of scenes is, I think, one of the most admirable in the movie.Read more ›
Where in all of the stories does it state that Holmes wears a deerstalker hat and walks around with a Calabash pipe? Sidney Paget, who illustrated the stories for The Strand magazine, interpreted the descriptions in the stories. That was his version of what Holmes might look like.
This new version is Guy Ritchie's interpretation and it is quite refreshing. In the stories, Holmes is a boxer, bare knuckle fighter, marksman, swordsman and an accomplished martial artist in addition to being brilliant at deduction and a master of disguise. There was only one woman whom Holmes was impressed by in his life -most of these qualities are portrayed in the new film so how is this "not faithful"? If anything, it is one of the most faithful movies to deal with Holmes that I have ever seen.
I will admit that for "classic" Holmes there is no better than Jeremy Brett in my humble opinion. His performance will never be matched. However, that is an entirely different interpretation of the character. I approached this new film with an open mind and was very pleasantly surprised.
Robert Downey Jr. is, in my opinion, a perfect fit for this role. His ability to reflect the intelligence, physical prowess and sardonic wit of Holmes was dead on. Jude law was exceptional as Dr. Watson. Not some bumbling, moronic sidekick of the past but a true companion possessing formidable skills of his own. Just as in the stories.
Downey and Law's performance was a pleasure to watch and they have great chemistry on screen.Read more ›
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Downey and Law are great together in this intriguing mystery. The slow-mo scenes which occur just prior to super quick action shots add another dimension. Entertaining film!Published 5 hours ago by Sand Dollar
This movie was sadly unimpressive. While I enjoyed the production design and the elaborate costuming, the story left much to be desired. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Robert Downey could have been fantastic in this flic and made it pop. Instead he mumbles through the flic with a horrible rendition of a "proper English" accent. Read morePublished 4 days ago by dave
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Happening to me right now (Netflix disc).
We'll need to wait until VLC plays BluRays proper. They do have a skip function for DVDs, and I hope they will have one for BluRay discs as well.
Jun 15, 2010 by Sukru Tikves | See all 7 posts
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I have definitely taken notice as well. Seems as though they are feeling out just how much consumers are willing to pay. Generally my limit has been 20, but there are a few exceptions. Movies like "Up in the Air" and "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," they can get me up to 22.99. Even... Read More
Mar 14, 2010 by Moviefiend | See all 5 posts
hamlet there is a scene in the trailer of the last airbender that is not in the movie.............i think this should not happen, it seems like they are doing this more and more but, why? thats the realy question. do these people that edit movies think we don't notice?
Jul 19, 2010 by chuck70 | See all 2 posts
Apr 3, 2010 by Paul K. Tse | See all 2 posts
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And now it's a Blu-ray again! But the "back cover" picture is still from the combo version.
Warner Brothers seriously has to knock this off. I mean, if you want to boost initial sales by making the combo version only available for a limited time, have a heart and make it a little bit... Read More
Mar 9, 2010 by Jake | See all 3 posts
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