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Monday, May 10, 2010

Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes


I watched the Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. last night with my daughter.  Having been a great fan of Sherlock Holmes ever since discovering the stories when I was a teenager, I watched with a bit of trepidation since lately modern moviemakers have been taking liberties with interpreting old established characters from some of my favorite books.    But, I have to say that in this instance they did a good job.   Holmes is portrayed as a brilliant but  eccentric character which is exactly how he’s portrayed in the books.   The little mental vignettes showing how he analyzed and deduced things were spot on.   The plot of “magic” ending up being a put on using science was in keeping with Holmes stories like Hound of the Baskervilles where what appeared to be a ghost dog turned out to just be a manipulation of the legend.

If I have any beefs with this movie it would be that Holmes seemed too modern, especially in his clothing.   I would have liked to see him in a few scenes dressed more appropriately to the era as Watson was.

All in all, a good movie.

If you liked the movie and haven’t read them, I’d strongly recommend reading the original Conan Doyle stories.


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