Ever since we watched that crappy Bollywood trash 3 Idiots the other day, we’ve been dying for some relief from the acid reflux brought on by that garbage.
Casting eager glances hither and thither, we desperately sought solace.
Eureka, we found our nirvana in Sherlock Holmes.
Frenetic & Humorous
If you loved British director Guy Ritchie’s frenetic paced, humor laced movies like Snatch or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, you’re more than likely to relish his latest movie Sherlock Holmes.
Even if you are not a Guy Ritchie fan, you’ll still savor Sherlock Holmes if, like us, you are a Robert Downey aficionado.
Since we love Guy ‘Ex-Mr.Madonna‘ Ritchie plus Robert Doweney plus Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, the new movie found much favor with us and removed the bitter after-taste of the trashy 3 Idiots.
After a long time, we found a full house for a movie (Munich was likely the last full-house movie we watched) on Friday evening.
Maybe, it was the holiday. Maybe, it was the $6 super bargain matinee rate. Maybe, it was the mostly favorable reviews for the movie.
Or maybe it was all of the above.
Whatever be the reason, we found ourself, to no little annoyance, in the first row. 🙁
Typical Ritchie Fare
Sherlock Holmes is typical Guy Ritchie fare – fast and furious violent action with crisp and witty dialogs brought to a boil by a first class actor like Robert Downey, Jr.
Set in 19th century London, the movie brings both Sherlock Holmes and his dedicated sidekick Dr.Watson to life in the most amusing manner possible.
We can’t recollect seeing any other Sherlock Holmes movies but surely never did the ace detective and his partner light up the screen with so much brio and verve as they do in this one.
Throw in a pair of pretty girls and soon you’re rubbing your eyes and wondering, in a good-natured way in this instance, what in the heck is happening here.
Sherlock Holmes is a movie where all have done their parts well – Robert Downey, who plays the renowned detective; Jude Law, cast as Dr.Watson; Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler, Holmes’ love interest and occasional opponent; Mark Strong as the principal villain Lord Blackwood; Philippe Rousselot for the cinematography; and, of course, director Guy Ritchie
Downey’s Finest Hour?
But the star of the show is undoubtedly Robert Downey.
One of the finest, albeit star-crossed, actors of this generation, Downey brings a ferocious energy and velocity (ever on the move and intensely agitated if not, our man) to his character.
Whether in his banters with his partner Dr.Watson, jousting with his girl Irene or battling the villainous Lord Blackwood, Robert Downey’s Sherlock Holmes is unlikely to be surpassed for a long time, if ever.
If you need just one reason to watch Sherlock Holmes, it’s Robert Downey.
[God, we’re high. Admitted, this Saturday evening our preprandial drink was more than what we normally allow ourselves. Hey, even completely sloshed we’re more sober than all ye schmucks. 😉 So, be certain that it’s SI and not Bacchus speaking.]
Pitted against Sherlock Holmes in the movie is the sinister Lord Blackwood, who seemingly rises from the grave, to the fear of all London except, of course, our consummate detective.
With only his legendary wits and peerless deductive skills and his loyal partner Dr.Watson on our brilliant detective’s side, Sherlock Holmes is the story of how the eponymous hero ultimately outwits the satanist Blackwood who’s now playing a big stakes game that threatens to ‘create a new future.’
“We will remake the world, create the future,” threatens the evil Blackwood, adding a warning to what he perceives as a civil-war weakened America.
Filmed mostly in grayish hues, the photography of 19th century London, carriages, slushy streets and all is superb.
And the action scenes very well executed.
The two major fight scenes, the first one in the shipyard and the second hundreds of feet high in the air toward the end, are both a delight to watch.
Folks, go for it.
Your $10 or wateva (depending on the show and the theatre) is money well spent.
Sherlock Holmes is a paisa vasool movie, as the stupid folks back home would say.
In wide release across the U.S., Sherlock Holmes is most certainly playing in a theatre near you.
Now, if you’ll excuse us our drink awaits us.