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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

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

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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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
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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Special Features

Director Guy Ritchie delves into the world of Sherlock Holmes while you watch the movie!; Pictue-in-picture; Storyboard comparisons; Stills galleries; Focus points; Timeline; ; Sherlock Holmes: reinvented: see how Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr. reinterpret the master sleuth and how Downey prepares for the role

Cast & Crew

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.
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.
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.
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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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. Sherlock Holmes the famous detective of 221B Baker Street is not the regular genius with Dr. Watson as his following lap-dog. No, in this movie he is a co-dependent neurotic genius, with Dr. Watson his friend, close as brothers. Dr. Watson, smart, independent with a sense of responsibility for the welfare of Holmes, tries to balance life with Holmes and life with his fiancee. This movie showing the train of thought of Holmes was brilliant, I loved seeing how he came to his conclusions. If ever there was a movie I just enjoyed for the fun of who-done-it this is the one topper. The cheeky dialog and action kept me going through the whole 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!
Anna50 More than 1 year ago
I am a Sherlock Holmes fan and was delighted when I heard there was going to be a new Sherlock movie. I don't think there has been a good Sherlock since Basil Rathbone. That has been a very long time and those are in black and white. I was not sure about Robert Downey Jr as Holmes but, he was a very good Holmes. I was used to Watson being slow and Dowdy but, Jude Law made a wonderful Watson. The plot was original and it contained a lot of fast paced action. The movie utilized Holmes' wonderful use of disguise. The movie also depicted that wonderful Holmes' humor. The filming and effects were great. I look forward to Robert Downey Jr bringing another Holmes case to life.
librachic More than 1 year ago
Awesome show!Everybody should check it out,So comical at times but also actioned-packed and serious.
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!
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NoOneFan More than 1 year ago
Outstanding performances with a great story line and spectacular special effects make this a perfect night at home at the movies. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the type of movie that one needs to see more than once, it does keep you stimulated mentally, as well as on the edge of your chair, there is no way in this movie that you are able to figure out the who done it.....very well done...this is the first movie i have purchased thru barnes and noble, i have made numerous purchases of books on line and have been extremely happy, the shipping time is fantastic, plus, the discount is really a great perk! I highly recommend anyone to purchase thru barnes and nobles on line, the comfort, ease, and savings is well worth the time
HarperPH More than 1 year ago
This is the most believable "buddy" movie I've seen in ages--a sort of action movie for the thinking person. Robert Downey, Jr. (Holmes) and Jude Law (Watson) snipe at each other like two brothers who know each other very well. They are perfect complements. For those who want to see the brilliant Holmes of the old movies and his dithering but loveable companion, Watson, this movie is not going to be to your liking. For those who like neat detective stories with no loose ends, again this is not your cup of tea. Characters trump plot in this version, and I, for one, am thrilled. Both Holmes and Law are brilliant in their own ways. Downey's Holmes makes other portrayals pale by comparison: gone is the staid, methodical, arrogant bore whose mind is his only redeeming social value. Downey plays him as a less-than-immaculate scrapper, whose mind informs his personality rather than defines it. His character lives with both feet in different realities: drug-enhanced musings, experiments, mind games, and physical activities, e.g. boxing, which seem to be a blend of the two. His humor tends to be dry and pointed. Law's good doctor is a crack shot and acts as if he had truly been in the military and had shone in it. He's more grounded in the realities of everyday life, including the enjoyment of the social activities which interaction with other people require, and which Holmes eschews. Watson's mind is quick and his mouth is quicker. The rapid-fire exchanges between Downey and Law evoke laughter and a glimpse into the two-boys' club that you never get in past incarnations of the famous detective and his friend. Frankly, both my husband and I deem "Sherlock Holmes" one of the best movies we've seen. Period. We tried to find flaws, even reaching into the quality of the sound editing...no luck. We bought the DVD, because the action and dialogue rush by so quickly that we knew we were missing some bits we'd like to revisit often. Since we bought the DVD we've watched it again and again, and we don't tire of it. Crisp dialogue and endearing/intriquing characters rather than the plot line make this movie a joy to watch time and time again.