Guy Ritchie’s vision for this film is beyond brilliant. The feeling and tone he set for this film is flawless. He created this almost grungy look to the screen which encapsulates what the time period and lifestyle for Holmes and Watson would have looked and felt like.
Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Holmes is witty, comical and in some scenes quite heroic. His performance was remarkable but the only thing that bothered me about it was the fact that at some points throughout the film it was difficult to understand exactly what he is saying because he speaks very fast and very low. It’s a nice character choice but I would’ve liked to have been able to hear it the first time and not have to rewind it back a couple of times to hear it and understand it. Other than that minor detail he was great and made Sherlock Holmes extremely admirable.
Jude Law’s portrayal of Dr. Watson was impressive as well. He was of course brilliant, and comical but obviously not as fascinating as Holmes but that’s the character’s fault not Law’s fault. He is very likable on screen and he too admirable for his wits and fighting skills. I think the friendship between Holmes and Watson is very unique. They play off each other very well and it’s a lot of fun to watch. In today’s day and age they would be considered major nerds, just sitting around thinking about solving crime and murders from being brainiacs. But in this film it’s very inspiring and definitely mind blowing with the way they uncover how certain events and actions occurred.
There is also a love interest throughout the film, Irene Adler, who is portrayed by the gorgeous Rachel McAdams. Irene Adler is a thief who apparently outsmarted Holmes twice in the past, and who he is also in love with. McAdams gives a fine performance as well. She too is witty and pretty feisty for a woman portrayed in that time period. Her chemistry with Holmes is truly fun to watch because they are obviously great together.
All in all I think this movie is entertainment for just about any audience member. It’s not only shot beautifully, but it also has comedy, action and even love throughout the film. A movie everyone can watch and love!