Every so often we get a movie that we need. I think Sherlock Holmes is it. I went to see it last week just after Christmas and frankly was not expecting anything close to what I saw. This film is sprightly, creative, humorous, and jammed packed with action, excellent dialogue, and costumes. But what I liked most about it is that you better get your brain on if you want to follow the stories present to past to present to past. There's a lot of well timed flashbacks that actually worked. (Flashback is one of my least favorite moves a director takes with his/her film.) And it is these quick paced scenes that stirred my WOW!
Oh it's good, very good. I am sure the books are better (as books almost always are). I wish I had read them. But Guy Ritchie (yea, yea Madonna's ex) nailed this one down and you'll be sorry he hasn't nailed you to the seat for an immediate sequel, which will inevitably come. The ultimate genius behind my four star goes to directors and Ritchie gets to wear this one on his lapel for a long time. But actors and actresses are required and...
- Depp couldn't have done Downey any better (Johnny Depp was made for this role, in my opinion...until my opinion changed in the theatre). Robert Downey Jr. was whiz bang wonderful.
- "It's elementary, my dear Watson." Classic line, not used. But Watson showed up and he was pulchritudinous (that is the exact word I want). Jude Law got the role and played it beautifully. Picture perfect, if you ask me.
- Finally, this film needed a villain and he came in the form of Lord Henry Blackwood. Mark Strong got the part and he did evil proud. The crooked tooth was an undeniable mark, but the eyes, the height, the cape, and the resurrection. All of this coming at me made me believe Mr. Blackwood meant business.
The biblical imagery was front and center. The story-line may have been too reminiscent of Dan Brown. But I don't think any of this distracts. Director, cast, and crew hit the bulls eye. Clearly this deserves all the stars I or you can give it. Go see it. Avatar can wait. So can the drinks, the revelry, the pomp and pump of New Year's and the year in film that lies ahead.