Downey is smooth – fabric of tapestry weaved in this Baker Street epic is far from Irregular!
Although I have “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” on DVD I have never watched a full Guy Ritchie event until this return to the original style of “Sherlock Holmes“… Having seen this instant classic, I plan to make up for lost time ASAP! I am familiar with his ironic method of sending up a person based on their own foibles – as he did in his BMW feature “Star” with then spouse Madonna. Clive Owen in this case was the Watson, while Madonna was Holmes on a bad day, or bad decade maybe…
The ride was just as brisk in this totally original Sherlock Holmes venture, from when he plotted his pugilistic damage a la CSI or Sherlock Holmes/Robert Downey Jr (RDJ) reverse engineering the solution to a felony in a manner reminiscent of the film based on a Philip K. Dick tale,”Paycheck.”
There was a massive hue and cry against the production from the beginning, where is his Deerstalker hat? What? No Meerschaum pipe? Those were Basil Rathbone’s, dearie, this Sherlock is way closer to what was in the original stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s interpretation of Dr George Bell, the real Sherlock Holmes.
When noted Holmes fan club, Baker Street Irregulars – invitation only members, praised the film then this revelation tended to shut up most detractors.
RDJ as Holmes portrayed all of Holmes’ eccentricities to perfection, he’s even better here than in Iron Man. While Jude Law as a smart, efficient Dr Watson, the ex-soldier and capable of his own deductions was a marvelous foil to Holmes’ self-worship!
Mark Strong as the demonic Blackwood was a great villain, he already had his chops blooded in such a capacity as ‘Septimus‘ in the cinematic version of Neil Gaiman’s “Stardust” and he easily could play a member of the Malfoys in Harry Potter!
Eddie Marsan shows versatility from an American accented would-be bank robber in “Hancock” to the Cockney-slurred Inspector Lestrade who obviously had a love-hate admiration for the eternal detective.
Guy Ritchie’s direction while at a blistering pace, never left you wondering if you missed anything nor did it speed by so fast you did not feel a part of the ride. Details on details, yet grittiness and sepia tones appeared not only appropriate but to highlight rather than detract from the overall presentation… Is it worth the price of admission? Elementary!