I don’t think I was the only person who saw the trailer for this movie and whose only coherent thought afterwards was: YUM.
Sherlock Holmes as a character has been portrayed in probably a hundred ways, if not more, but like some characters, the more permutations there are, the more we love them. Holmes is often portrayed as the perfect detective, with a few piquant idiosyncrasies to keep things interesting, but the 2009 film is a little closer to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original portrayal of the man—as an egocentric eccentric who lived almost a bohemian lifestyle, surrounded by the appearance of chaos, but who makes such astute observations that he is able to solve the most puzzling of criminal riddles. The movie hit this directly on the mark.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking… you saw the trailer, and what was with the hyped-up action segments and the Matrix-method fighting? In the film, however, none of the action feels over-hyped, and the Matrix-method fighting actually has a pretty awesome psychological twist to it—which I won’t spoil for those of you who see it.
But let’s get down to the real draw of this film—the always beautiful Robert Downey Jr, and the also-beautiful-though-occasionally-you-have-to-overlook-his-life’s-indiscretions-to-appreciate-his-films Jude Law. (Not that RDJ has led a spotless life, obviously, but that’s a discussion for another day.) O.M.Goodness Gracious me, are they fun to watch in this film. Downey is at his zaniest, smartest, and sexiest, while Mr. Law is the most adorable mench you could possibly imagine. The casting overall was perfection. Rachel McAdams was fun and walked a perfect line between dishonesty and almost-love, and Mark Strong was deliciously creepy.
The story unfolded naturally and beguilingly, and we’re given the clues just as Mr. Holmes is—well, perhaps not just as he is, but pretty well—and yet the stringing together at the end of all the tiny details we probably overlooked a little bit is done just beautifully—and I do mean that literally, as the cinematography in this film is fantastic. The movie as a whole was delightful. Funny, at moments touching, and honestly mind-dazzling, with some heart-stopper moments in there as well. I loved every single moment of it, and am honestly delighted that it was left open-ended for a sequel. It certainly left me wanting more, and it gets an A+ from me.