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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

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Director: Guy Ritchie,

Cast: Guy Ritchie, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams


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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, gets an update with this adaptation of Lionel Wigram's comic book series by writer/director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla) starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, gets an update with this adaptation of Lionel Wigram's comic book series by writer/director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla) starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular detective, with Jude Law stepping into the shoes of his sidekick, Dr. Watson. Heading up the rest of the cast are RocknRolla's Mark Strong as the film's villain, Blackwood, and Rachel McAdams portraying the love interest, Irene Adler.

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Fresh on the heels of an ambitious bid to kick-start his own original franchise with the fun but overly familiar RocknRolla, Guy Ritchie may have finally accomplished that goal with Sherlock Holmes, an energetic, pulpy, and lavishly gothic mystery-adventure that merges tradition with reinvention to thrilling effect. It's a refreshing blast of summer-blockbuster fun just when we need it most -- at the onset of winter. The action gets under way as Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) assist Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan) and Scotland Yard in interrupting a black magic ceremony being staged by the sinister Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). Before Lord Blackwood is hanged, he makes one final request: an audience with the famed detective who thwarted his diabolical plans. During his conversation with Holmes, Lord Blackwood vows to return from the gallows more powerful than ever before. Making good on his promise, Lord Blackwood re-emerges with an apparent supernatural vengeance, determined to claim England as his own and exert his influence on the renegade colony across the Atlantic as well. When the corpses begin to pile up, the fate of England, and America, rests in the capable hands of the world's most brilliant detective. Though traditionalists may initially balk at the decision of screenwriters Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, and Simon Kinberg to place heavy emphasis on Holmes' formidable fighting skills, it certainly doesn't come at the cost of the character's intellect -- Downey Jr.'s Holmes is as sharp as a tack, tough as nails, and endearingly eccentric. Holmes has always been an expert boxer; by exploiting that trait and infusing the story with an element of the supernatural, Ritchie and his team of screenwriters infuse an invigorating mystery with a satisfying blend of action and exposition. The chemistry between Law and Downey Jr. ensures that the scenes between Holmes and Watson are just as enjoyable as the boisterous action set pieces; the first time you see them onscreen you get the distinct impression that they've already been through quite a bit together -- though like Ritchie's breakthrough, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, his Sherlock Holmes may require at least two viewings to fully appreciate the nuances of the rapid-fire dialogue. Sporting dangerously slick villain hair and displaying the calm, collected confidence a classic villain, Mark Strong strikes an appropriate air of menace as the malevolent Lord Blackwood. Bowler-capped Eddie Marsan plays off Downey Jr. particularly well as Inspector Lestrade, and Kelly Reilly shines in her small role as Dr. Watson's refined yet assured fiancée. Much like the resolution of the film's central mystery, all of the elements in Sherlock Holmes come together perfectly. Hans Zimmer's quirky score keeps the action moving along while cleverly calling back to Holmes' beloved violin with the occasional plucked string arrangement, cinematographer Philippe Rousselot's seductively dark cinematography gives London a dirty, gothic atmosphere that's romantic without being romanticized, and the sets and costumes are all gorgeously stylized. In short, Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes has something for both the purists and fair-weather fans alike. Should the franchise continue, it will be a delight to see this Holmes and Watson embark on another onscreen adventure together.

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Performance Credits
Robert Downey Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law Dr. Watson
Rachel McAdams Irene Adler
Mark Strong Blackwood
Eddie Marsan Inspector Lestrade
Kelly Reilly Mary
Robert Maillet Dredger
Geraldine James Mrs. Hudson
William Houston Constable Clark
Hans Matheson Lord Coward
James Fox Sir Thomas Rotheram
William Hope Amabassador Standish
Clive Russell Captain Tanner
Oran Gurel Reordan
David Garrick McMurdo
Kylie Hutchinson Maid
Andrew Brooke Guard Captain
James Stephens Captain Phillips
Sebastian Abineri Coach Driver
John Kearney Carriage Driver
Tom Watt Carriage Driver
James Greene Governor
Terry Taplin Groundskeeper
Andrew Greenough Prison Guard
Bronagh Gallagher Palm Reader
Michael Jenn Preacher
Ned Dennehy Man With Roses

Technical Credits
Guy Ritchie Director
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Christine Blundell Makeup
Steve Clark-Hall Co-producer
Susan Downey Producer
Peter Eskelsen Associate Producer
Nick Gottschalk Art Director
Matt Gray Art Director
Sarah Greenwood Production Designer
James Herbert Editor
Mark Holt Special Effects Supervisor
James Foster Art Director
Michael Robert Johnson Original Story,Screenwriter
Max Keene Asst. Director
Simon Kinberg Screenwriter
Dan Lin Producer
Lauren Meek Associate Producer
Tony Peckham Screenwriter
Reg Poerscout-Edgerton Casting
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Joel Silver Producer
Michael Tadross Executive Producer
Lionel Wigram Original Story,Producer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer


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Sherlock Holmes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
My husband and I both thought this was one of the best movies we've seen in a long time. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law were meant for these roles. The plot was fantastic and the movie was hilarious. There was no boring pause in it like you find in some movies. I would recommend this DVD to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Downey and he is as good as he always is in this movie. I did expect it to be slightly more funny and less Gothic. (By Gothic I mean in terms of late 19th century Gothic not as some teens are now) All in all I was entertained but it is not a movie I would watch over and over. The HD was good and some of the visuals were awesome in an artistic way. The plot was good if a little far out (but I like sci-fi, so I don't mind reality being stretch a little) I would recommend this movie for any Downey or Jude Law fans as they were great. The script was interesting enough for me to want to read the Sherlock Holmes books, if not just to see how well the movie was adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's imagination.
dotkel More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie more than I thought I would. I was leery of "updating" the classic Conan Doyle stories but this movie works. The action sequences (which I thought would not fit into a Holmes story) were well done and credible. The chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law is outstanding.
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lroshto More than 1 year ago
Very cool story and love the quirky personalities and attitudes of the cast! Hope there is a second movie!!
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Seraphim-san More than 1 year ago
To start off, I bought this movie at the beginning of March 2011. I remember when this movie first came out in theaters and was ranked as one of the "must see" movies playing. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan or just someone who likes to have fun with solving mysteries, while enjoying some humor between two colleagues, then this movie is something that I recommend you should watch. The cast and crew who filmed this movie did an outstanding job in reinventing Holmes and Watson for a modern day crowd, while at the same time not losing the questionable elements that made Holmes and Watson such a intriguing pair of friends to follow on various adventures. This movie is basically a prequel to the introduction of Holmes so called arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Although, you don't get to see any distinguishable features of the "Napoleon of Crime," throughout the movie. It does set Holmes up for a confrontation with the evil Professor, sometime in the undetermined future. The main villain in this movie is Lord Henry Blackwood, which is played by the actor Mark Strong. Holmes and Watson are first shown rushing off to stop a murder in progress. Which unavoidable leads the two friends on yet another adventure to solve a mystery that if left unchecked, will allow the criminal mastermind to kill everyone in a position of power and take over an entire country. Quite a few people would like to say that the best qualities of this movie are its fast pace action scenes, referring to the fighting scenes, combined with the humor of Holmes and Watson. While this assessment is true for the most part, one must also take the time to mention how this movie shows a more in-depth look into how Holmes views the world in comparison to a normal person. In some of the past movies of Sherlock Holmes, the directors and crew weren't able to vividly show the audience an in-depth look into how fast and accurately Holmes mind works when he plots a move from one point to another. But with the increase in technological advancements today, the producers can accurately show an audience a clear, slow motioned picture of how deadly Holmes is when he is either fighting in battle or just quickly piecing together something that puzzles him. As I stated in the opening paragraph of this review, if you are a fan of mysteries or just want to enjoy the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, then I recommend that you take the time to enjoy this movie. (Side Note: I don't give any review the maximum amount of stars because of the fact that their is always going to be something that a person doesn't like to happen in a movie, book, audio cd, soundtrack, etc. So if you see any review under my name and their is 1 less star from the maximum amount, then you can basically assume that the review got maximum points in my opinion.)
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candyapple32 More than 1 year ago
This movie had me hook, line, and sinker. It captures your attention and doesn't let go until ending credits. I found it deliciously action-packed and so very clever. I still cannot quite wrap my head around the wits of this movie. It was just such a fantastic experience to watch is film!
TamTam_VA More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic, enjoyable journey alongside two of the bestest friends in literary history. It is very funny, very exciting, and very enjoyable. I can go on four hours about how great is is, but just go watch it!!!! In defense of the movie against critics: Naturally, this remake of Sherlock Holmes is an interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. However, as a devotee of the books, I firmly believe that the classic "Sherlock Holmes" of the stage and screen who wears a deerstalker and says "elementary, dear Watson" is as much if not more of a interpretation. And this is how it should be. What works on the page doesn't work on the screen, and therefore it has to be reinterpreted. Additionally, Doyle's conceit that Watson wrote the stories (besides the one written by Holmes) provides the perfect method to rationalize any difference between the original and the new stories; the differences can be attributed to Watson's differing opinions on what information the reader needs, his own interpretation of events, and even his decisions on what is not any of the reader's business to know.
rocknt50 More than 1 year ago
Love It!! Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law make the perfect movie duo. Action packed and tons of humor makes this movie a Top 10 movie of the year! This is a wonderful spin on the Sherlock Holmes adventures that we all grew up with. The slow-mo action scenes are unbelievable. Robert Downey Jr. has made such a grand come back to the silver screen with Iron Man 1 & 2, and now adding Sherlock Holmes to his "Hit List" is a major two thumbs up! This is truly one to add to your movie library. My favorite format is the Blu-Ray combo pack, it comes with both Blu-Ray and DVD set with extra features disk. What are you waiting for.Get it today!
AsiaSquawkBoxFan More than 1 year ago
Downey Jr. is a great actor and makes the role fun. However, the plot in question was a bit too complicated and grandiose for a Sherlock Holmes caper brought to the big CGI / Green Room screen. The flashbacks cleverly fill in the holes of the mechanical plot, but while we want to root for the hero, we are introduced to him in the midst of chaos instead of seeing a glimpse, perhaps, of how he came to be such a master detective. I think flaws in characters, seeing early love affairs and pain from childhood help mold a character, and assists the audience in identifying with him on a more personal level. In this flick, you don't get that sort of bonding time... so... 3 stars it is. I didn't connect with Holmes. I somehow knew he'd succeed without any question. It weakened the film. The film could have been twice as wonderful with more of a character study on a budding Holmes, rather than a waning one.
TerryZabel More than 1 year ago
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are perfectly in sync with their respective characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The opening scene gives the audience a perfect insight in how well they work together on a case. The banter is sharp and concise; their physical precision during a fight plays to each others strength and at the same time show the characters are watching each others back. Downey always seems to do his best work playing damaged characters, of course people have been saying that since the 1980's. His performance of Holmes displays the keen intellect and attention to detail; and then the flip side shows a dark, needy soul. When Holmes is not working he locks himself away in his room, performing dangerous experiments. Law presents Watson as a man of action, able to handle himself in a fight and ready for the next adventure. Yet Watson is conflict because he wants to settle down and lead a normal life. I'm ready for the sequel!
Universal More than 1 year ago
"Sherlock Holmes" is full of wit, excitement, and adventure! The cast and plot was absolutely brilliant. I would highly recommend watching this movie.
Louisville More than 1 year ago
After you buy some movies, you watch them once or twice and stick them on the shelf. Not this one! You can watch it over and over and see something new every time. In the fight scenes Sherlock Holmes is shown thinking through the moves to make, and the result of each one, then he executes them in rapid succession. It is really exciting to go back over these scenes, and match the "thought out" actions to the rapidfire movements. Knowing how the movie ends, it is nice to go back and watch Holmes gather his clues. Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of the "Guy Richie's Holmes" is excellent. His Holmes is scruffy, distracted, and clearly brilliant. Jude Law is at his best. He plays Watson as part disapproving dandy, part action hero, and always a loyal friend. He is the perfect foil to Robert Downy Jr.'s Holmes. Sets, costumes and everthing else about the movie is delicious icing on the card. I can't wait for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this movie, I was not sure that it would be good. After seeing the movie, I was really impressed with Robert Downey Jr character and the "science" used in the movie to add to the mystery of Sherlock Holmes. The slow motion descriptive parts that Holmes described before he fought someone was really cool. The overall story of the movie was developed very well.(69) The storyine was perfert for the time and London looked realistic as if I was really in London during the late 1800's. The finale was great, with the introduction of Dr. Moriarty throughout the movie was interesting and should lead to a sequal. The violin playing, Holmes Baker St home was fit the origial character perfectly. A great movie to see!
Lady_Vetinari More than 1 year ago
This is not your literary Sherlock Holmes, and nor should you expect it to be if you find out that Robert Downey Jr. is playing him. He plays the perfect lovable crazy-ass drunk, and I mean that in the best way possible. I love his Tony Stark, and I love his Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes was always one of those characters I should have been head-over-heels in love with, but somehow he just never managed to come to life in my head. So just imagine how excited I was to find that not only was the guy who brought Tony Stark to life going to play Holmes but that the movie was being directed by Guy Ritchie, the guy who gave us Snatch. Ah, but only if he had written it too. From what I've heard, enough people contributed to the script to populate a small country, which might explain why the movie dragged on a fair bit. There weren't any parts I remember as being exceptionally boring, but I couldn't help thinking, Is this movie ever going to end? I think they just tried for too much in what should have been a simple action film. Overall, I'd say it was highly enjoyable with an excellent performance by Downey and definitely worth watching unless you are a literary purist and hate the thought of an action-hero version of Holmes.
PipRo More than 1 year ago
Those who read and adored the stories writen by Doyle will see nothing but perfect imagry and similarities between the Sherlock on paper, and the Sherlock in this film. I've seen a lot of Sherlock Holmes movies, and this does the best job of capturing Holmes' inane psychosis, his need for a case, and his perpetual relationship with Watson. Before seeing this, I was worried it would turn Holmes into an action movie, complete with overdone explosions, idiot female leads, and cliche lines. Imagine my delight when I saw the film in theatres, a living, breathing representation of the Holmes I know and love from literature. And, as far as movies go, it is impressive. The fight scenes are marvelous, the humour and writing are unforgetable. A mindblowing score doesn't hurt anything, either! Perfect for those just entering the world of Sherlock Holmes, or for the old veteran lovers of Sir Doyle's stories. Robert Downy Jr is an outstanding Holmes, and Jude Law is his perfect partner. I could do without Rachel McAdams, though. Her acting "skills" always fail to impress, and I was dissapointed to see her in a film worthy of much more talented actors. Also, lovers of House and Holmes - did you know Hugh Laurie's character is based on Holmes himself?