Sherlock Holmes

Directed By: Guy Ritchie Starring: Jude Law Robert Downey

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A very good drama

on 5/3/2012

This is a very good movie in all aspects. Great Cinematography, good actors, wonderful adaption of the story and plot everything makes this movie a great movie. I enjoyed it a lot and will watch it again and again. The story however was very simple but presented in a wonderful way.

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great movie

on 5/12/2012

I've watched this version of Holmes a number of times now, and I must admit it surprises me in its subtlety and intelligence every time. As earlier reviews have noted, in the main this is actually a quite faithful representation of Holmes and Watson in light of the original stories (which I've read and, indeed, taught a number of times). At the same time, it's an excellent stylization of late Victorian England, and I think that's how it should be understood: at once a faithful interpretation that brings out all the pleasures of the original and a commentary on Victorian society as it transitioned into the twentieth century (which is, I'd hold, exactly what Doyle's stories were--a commentary on the modern). To quote from another well-known and frequently-adapted Victorian novel, it's "nineteenth century up-to-date with a vengeance."

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Detective sherlock holmes and his stalwart partner watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of england.


Studio Warner
SKU 214100209
UPC 883929086566
UPC 14 00883929086566
Format DVD
Release Date 1/21/2014
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Based On A Novel
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Though Guy Ritchie (SNATCH) is best known for directing modern crime films set in England, he turns back the clock more than a century for this mystery inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters. SHERLOCK HOLMES is based on a comic book by Lionel Wigram, and stars IRON MAN's Robert Downey Jr. as the titular detective. Jude Law (COLD MOUNTAIN) stars as Watson, while Rachel McAdams (THE NOTEBOOK) plays Holmes's rival Irene Adler.
Box Office "Downey plays him like a brilliant scoundrel, a brawler and braniac and all-around daredevil." 10/09/2009
Guy Ritchie
Jude Law
Robert Downey
Cast & Crew
Kelly Reilly - Star
Jude Law - Star
Rachel McAdams - Star
Robert Downey Jr. - Star
Eddie Marsan - Star
Mark Strong - Star
Hans Zimmer - Composer
Dana Goldberg - Executive Producer
Simon Kinberg - Screenwriter
Michael Robert Johnson - Story
Anthony Peckham - Screenwriter
Lionel Wigram - Story
Susan Downey - Producer
Joel Silver - Producer
Dan Lin - Producer
Lionel Wigram - Producer
Michael Robert Johnson - Screenwriter
Bruce Berman - Executive Producer
Michael Tadross - Executive Producer
Guy Ritchie - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00883929086566
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 128 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (2010) Hans Zimmer, Nominee, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score,Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer, Nominee, Best Achievement in Art Direction
Golden Globe (2010) Robert Downey Jr., Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review There's a mystery at the heart of Sherlock Holmes, and it's not the one the great master of detection has been called on to solve. It's how a film that has so many good things going for it has turned out to be solid but not spectacular...As directed by Guy Ritchie, Downey's take on the dean of 221-B Baker St. is, as the spin on the film has emphasized, considerably more physical than what moviegoers are used to. His Holmes is as much Victorian action hero as master deducer, a buff and muscular lad who likes to indulge in bare-knuckle brawling and fits producer Joel Silver's description of being "like James Bond in 1891."...It's helpful to add in the brisk style of British filmmaker Ritchie, best-remembered for two of his earlier films, Snatch and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. A director with onscreen energy to burn, Ritchie initially has fun with this story of Holmes versus master criminal Lord Blackwood, a man who dabbles in the black arts, says gnomic things like "death is only the beginning" and threatens to end civilization as we know it...The plot itself is promising, starting with Lord Blackwood (an excellent Mark Strong) being stopped by Holmes, Watson and Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan) just before he commits a dastardly black-magic deed. Blackwood's apparent ability to cheat death terrifies the metropolis ("London in Terror" headlines obligingly shout), and only Holmes has a chance of figuring out just which game is afoot...Adding yet another uncertain element to the mix is the appearance of the mysterious Irene Adler, celebrated among Sherlockians as the only woman to fascinate the great detective as well as the only adversary to ever best him. Unfortunately, the usually excellent and very contemporary Rachel McAdams is simply miscast here in a part that cries out for the kind of deeper Victorian soulfulness that someone like Rachel Weisz can project...More than any one big thing, it is the accumulation of these kinds of small misadventures that trip up Sherlock Holmes. They so cramp its style that instead of appreciating the good things we've been given, we end up wishing for the film that might have been. It's a mug's game, but currently it's the only one in town.
Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The less I thought about Sherlock Holmes, the more I liked Sherlock Holmes. Yet another classic hero has been fed into the f/x mill, emerging as a modern superman. Guy Ritchie's film is filled with sensational sights, over-the-top characters and a desperate struggle atop Tower Bridge, which is still under construction. It's likely to be enjoyed by today's action fans. But block bookings are not likely from the Baker Street Irregulars...One of the comforts of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories is their almost staid adherence to form. Villains and cases come and go up the staircase at 221B Baker Street, but within that refuge, life stays the same: Holmes all-knowing and calm, Watson fretful and frightened, clues orderly, victims distraught, never a problem not seemingly insoluble. Outside is the fabled Victorian London, a city we all know in our imaginations. I think I became an Anglophile on those winter nights when I sat curled up in my dad's big chair, a single lamp creating shadows in the corners of the room, reading the Modern Library edition of the stories while in the basement I heard the comforting sounds of my parents doing the laundry...In a really very good opening sequence, the two burst in upon the fiendish satanist Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) in the act of committing a dastardly act. Blackwood is sent to the gallows and sealed in his tomb, only to reappear (to Holmes' undeniable satisfaction) seemingly still alive. This sets off a series of action set pieces in the streets of London, which have never seemed more looming, dark and ominous; I had the impression Jack the Ripper had just darted out of view...There is also interest from two women: Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), of course, said to be the only woman to ever touch Holmes' heart, and Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly), Watson's intended, who may be in for more than she knows. The advent of Mary on the scene sends Holmes into fits of petulance; how dare the doctor prefer a woman to his own fascinating company? Watson has always maintained quarters elsewhere, but in this film, the cozy confines of 221B make his other rooms seem more than ever like a beard...The Conan Doyle stories are still read, and probably always will be. Most readers get to at least a few. But among moviegoers on Christmas night (traditionally one of the busiest movie nights of the year), probably not so many. They will be unaware that this Sherlock Holmes is cheerfully revisionist. They will be entertained, and so was I. The great detective, who has survived so much, can certainly shrug off a few special effects.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News Downey has a winning take on Holmes: He's always on.
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club This is very much a Sherlock Holmes movie for the blockbuster era.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe ...Downey brings his brain, his wit, and his gift for intelligent underplaying...

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