According to The Guinness Book of World Records (and producer Joel Silver at ComicCon), the fictional character most portrayed on screen is Sherlock Holmes. This would indicate that he is a popular character, and that it would take a lot to impress anyone given how many adaptations there have been. I am pleased to report that director Guy Ritchie (“Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels”, “Snatch”, the guy who was married to Madonna before she left him for A-Roid), has found a way to bring Sherlock Holmes into the 21st century (while technically keeping him in the 19th century). Ritchie does this by making Holmes not just a brilliant detective, but a pretty cool action hero too. This was a big risk given how many loyal Holmes fans there are, but I think it works.
Given that this is technically a mystery, I won’t spoil much of the plot. Sherlock Holmes (played by Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (played by Jude Law) have just finished their last case together after stopping Lord Blackwood (played by Mark Strong – ” RocknRolla”, “Body of Lies”) from committing ritualistic murders. He is executed, only to come back to life days later (or does he?). This forces Holmes and Watson to continue to work together despite friction over Watson’s impending marriage. Along the way they get into fistfights, gunfights, and Holmes has to deal with female adversary/ love interest Irene Adler (played by Rachel MacAdams) who was hired by a mysterious client to bring down Holmes.
This movie was a lot of fun and a great way to end 2009 or start 2010. Robert Downey Jr. continues his recent and improbable trend of being one of the most bankable people in Hollywood. His chemistry with Jude Law makes what could’ve been an average action movie a great one. The humor is fun, as are the fight scenes. That helps considering that the plot is somewhat predictable.
If you have kids and don’t feel like taking them to see this, there is “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (bring a flask). For the ladies, there is the Meryl Streep/Alec Baldwin romantic comedy “It’s Complicated” and the musical “Nine” starring Daniel Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and Fergie.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned as I go to the blood bank with the vampire movie “Daybreakers”.