Being a big Guy Richie fan, except for Swept Away, which I refuse to watch, I was really looking forward to seeing his first big budget studio film. I love his style of writing, directing and general cool style of filmmaking, and Sherlock Holmes looked like it was going to be very much like his other films.
As with any good director who ends up doing a studio film, there is always a chance they will lose their style and voice, so I went into this film excited but with my expectations in check. Plus keeping your expectations in check is most often worth doing anyway.
‘After finally catching serial killer and occult “sorcerer” Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again.
Contending with his partner’s new fiancée and the dim-witted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic – and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.’
Robert Downey Jr, playing a very cool and interesting Holmes, added so much to the fun factor of this film and continued to show why he is the number one ‘man of cool’ at the moment. The film itself felt like a Richie film but just never reached the kind of heights his films can normally take an audience to.
Why? I’m not really sure why!It was fun, cool and looked amazing with lots of great characters, but it felt like he may have had his hands tied just a little bit. Then again maybe he had full freedom and it was just a different type of film for him. However, I really liked it and I think it was a great first film in what could end up being a great trilogy of films.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!