Written by Arthur Conan Doyle (novels) Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney
Starring Robert downy Jr., Jude Law, & Jared Harris
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Robert Downy Jr. is awesome as usual. Having said that, Downy takes a rather unique twist on the classic Holmes character. Something about the foolishness of Downy as a comedic actor comes off wrong when he plays Holmes. It’s as if Downy is just some classic gifted investigator just like the countless television sitcoms of the past few years. Sherlock Holmes should be more dignified and regal or at least that’s what I find missing in this film.
Jude Law is a fantastic actor. Just see 'the talented mr.ripley.' He plays Watson beautifully in this thriller but also seems to be missing something. It’s interesting to watch such a different take on these characters.
Guy Ritchie is one of my favorite directors. Lock Stock, Snatch, & RocknRolla are all classic films that display his exceptional directorial style. But Sherlock Holmes is an entirely different kind of movie for Ritchie. Its obvious he is trying to appeal to a more family friendly audience and looking to make an iconic film with well established stories and characters.
Guy Ritchie still brings a strong directors style to this film. He always keeps the audience guessing and keep the film moving at a fast pass. He keeps your attention while wowing you with interesting cinematic effect. But at times it becomes too stylized, dizzying and difficult to follow.
No rating. Its fun to watch Robert Downy Jr. dress up in masquerade but doesn’t always ring true to Sherlock Holmes. Jude law is awesome and has my full support in whatever he does. The whole thing is just too sexy and safe to be truly ground breaking. But I fully endorse renting ‘A Game of Shadow’ at least once.