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My review of Sherlock Holmes

I’m a fan of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve read every story written by A. Conan Doyle, and as a kid, would look up each word I didn’t understand in the dictionary until I had reread the stories over and over again. I bought the .99 Kindle collection that has all of them so I can read them again. I’ve watched movies like The Zero Effect, which place someone with Sherlock Holmes’s sensibilities and abilities in modern society. As someone who is relatively intuitive and deductive, I see Sherlock Holmes as one of my heroes. So it was with some trepidation that I sat down in a crowded theater at 7 PM on Christmas to watch the latest film incarnation of Baker Street’s finest.

And I thoroughly enjoyed it. Robert Downey Jr.’s Holmes feels right. Jude Law’s Watson may be a bit burlier and more assertive than the stories led on, but they were written by Watson himself, so you can surmise that maybe he practiced some humility and self-editing. The mystery was a good one, the action was excellent yet believable (I’m not an expert on the details of the era, so I can’t argue whether or not there were anachronisms. I don’t care.), and when they showed Holmes’s deductive skills at work, I found myself laughing giddily.

It’s smart, but it’s broad enough for the general audience. It’s funny, and I can forgive the few base jokes that do jar you out of the movie. It’s exciting, and I never felt bored for a second. This movie is definitely one of my favorites for the year – how wonderful, between Sherlock Holmes and Avatar, to have two such amazing films to finish off the last decade!

I give it 4 and a half out of five pinches of snuff.

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13 Replies to “My review of Sherlock Holmes”

  1. deb roby

    I meant to go see it today, but never left the house. This week, for sure! (or maybe wait for the kiddies to head back to school…). My biggest “concern” is Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes, as I’m such a fan of Jeremy Brett in that role.

  2. Hilly

    I’m glad you posted this! When I mentioned on Facebook last night that our showing was sold out, a few people commented and others emailed me saying that they heard terrible things about the movie. What the hell?

  3. Sybil Law

    It’s great to know someone whose opinion I trust (that would be you… and yes, I trust your opinion most of the time except for your opinion about hot females!) liked this movie! It looks awesome to me from the promos – so it’s also good to know the movie won’t disappoint, either.
    I am having trouble with words today, in case you can’t tell. GAH.
    Anyway, yay!

  4. MidLifeMama

    The Hound of the Baskervilles was the first story to catch my attention and I never turned back. But I like well done Sherlock Holmes stories. My husband had just asked me yesterday if I had heard any reviews of the movie. Thank you!

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