Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr.

Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr.

This post was originally written by an online blogger named Cecilia, who wrote as LadyLovelace.  I met her through our work for the now defunct website and she graciously agreed to write a post for us about the Robert Downey Jr. version of Sherlock Holmes.  Cecilia wrote:

I've never been sure what it is about Sherlock Holmes, but there is something truly enchanting about him, and for me, this always transfers onto any movie he happens to be in. And now, I am about to say something incredibly contentious, that will likely get me banned from going within 200 yards of an Irregular for life (I jest. It would be 400 yards). I really, really liked the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie, which starred Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes.
Despite being considerably shorter than Watson, and having (shock, horror!) brown eyes, Mr. Downey Jr. made an excellent Holmes. Why? Watch carefully – in public, we find him collected and masterful, exactly the man we read about in the books. It is in private where we see him facing personal demons, as Watson hinted at with references to Holmes' cocaine habit. This is Holmes as he must have been, rather than 'as Watson wrote him' – Watson, who himself admitted to embellishment and exclusion.

The film itself is, in a word, gorgeous. A good chunk of the budget was clearly spent on lovely costumes, sets, and visual effects. It is light-hearted, action-packed and basically just really good fun. The plot is involved and runs deep enough to hold your attention, even if you're used to murder mysteries, and the villain is chillingly charming. All in all, it is as brilliant as one would expect from the people involved, and well worth setting aside the 128 minutes it runs for to enjoy yourself.

Thanks, Cecilia, I loved this version of Sherlock Holmes, too, as referenced in my post about
My Favorite Movies.  I was totally impressed with the cinematography. 

For my blu-ray movie fans, I will add that Sherlock Holmes on Blu-ray comes with a good review and a 'recommended.'

See you
at the movies!

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