Movies 28 Dec 2009 11:09 am

Sherlock Holmes

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law make a great Sherlock Holmes and Watson, but the movie that they star in isn’t worthy of their talents.

Oh, the new Sherlock Holmes paints a wonderfully muddy and dreary Victorian London, and the film gains points for going back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original works instead of imitating earlier movies (especially nice was the use of Irene Adler and arch-villain Moriarty), but it’s all filmed in that breathless, let’s-see-how-often-we-can-cut style of modern films, with too much emphasis on physical action. Deduct a few points for accents that make it difficult to figure out what the hell the characters are saying and a few more for a soft second act that could have benefited from judicious editing, and you end up with two A+ actors in a C+ movie.

I hope the film turns on modern audiences to the original stories, and I would definitely buy a ticket to see how Downey and Law acquit themselves in a sequel, but this outing was only mildly entertaining.

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