Sherlock Holmes of the XXIst century

A new vision of the famous detective responsible for Guy Ritchie.

Robert Downey. Rachel McAdams
Robert Downey and Rachel McAdams

I am not the only one that has come to see this movie with mistrust. Sherlock Holmes is a myth and when a film director proposes to modernize or update a myth, it is necessary to be afraid of the worst thing, even more when it is a question of the controversial director as Guy Ritchie. Fortunately, my fears were groundless and - although I do not doubt of that there will be purists who will set to fall down of a donkey this version - I believe that the final score is a good movie, worth being the last link of a chain that is already provided with more than 260 appearances of the famous detective on the screen.

Robert Downey Jr is a Sherlock Holmes different from that of the classic image that we know, but before criticizing it, it is necessary to bear in mind that the typical iconography of the detective does not come so much from the histories of his creator, Conan Doyle, as from later adaptations, stage plays, and principally from the cinematographic versions, especially, the led ones by Basil Rathbone and Peter Cushing, and also Christopher Plummer, Christopher Lee and television Jeremy Brett. For example, external signs as typical as the overcoat, the cap of double visor and the pip do not come from the original work.

The Victorian London is another protagonist of the movie

In fact, Holmes de Downey, excepting his physical description (the actor only measures 1,72 m), it is not of most removed to the personage as Conan Doyle conceived it, although it is true that his "incorrect" features as the misogyny and the addiction to the cocaine have been, once again and as it is habitual, ignored. On the other hand, Guy Ritchie extracts party of one of the qualities described by Watson: Holmes is an excellent boxer and a competent fencer with sword and stick. Also he is a teacher in the art of the disguise.

As for the movie in itself, it takes as strong points the interpretation responsible for two of the best actors of the moment, the scenes of action - with an unusual violence in a movie of Sherlock Holmes - and the wonderful hyperrealistic recreation of the Victorian London, including the construction of the famous bridge on the Thames, in which the final scene takes place.

In short, very advisable movie for those who think about how to happen a little bit entertained in the movies. As for the unconditional holmesianos, they will not have any more option than to risk to see it.

Jude Law
Jude Law as Dr. Watson

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On Sunday, the 17th January, 2010

13 comments to “Sherlock Holmes of the XXIst century”

  1. Carlos M. Cuasante on Monday, the 18th January, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Valued namesake,
    I went to see it with the same suspicion at that you were aiming to the beginning of your post, and the result in my case, it was much better than if it had gone with big expectations.
    Really he did not know to what it was going, only what they had showed in television trailer and finally it looked like to me an authentic peliculón. He remembered me very much (in the scenery and staging) to “The final trick” (The prestige) that is one of my favorite movies. And of course the interpretation both they are brutal to Robert and to Jude Law. He did not remember this irony and sarcasm in any previous version of Sherlock Holmes.
    In short: Carlos aims that it is a very advisable movie to happen a little bit entertained, and I sign it and even envido to peliculón.
    A greeting Carlos.

  2. piradaperdida on On Monday, the 18th January, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Nothing of confidence was giving to me … (if it was called “Collins and Wiggings” would have gone so happily, but that thing about to do of Holmes a Bond of the XIXth was scaling off). Nevertheless, I dress that you recommend it as peli kept woman I will give him an opportunity :)

  3. Natalia on On Tuesday, the 19th January, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I also have liked. But with me they had it easy, because I like the detectives' histories (I have read something of Sherlock Holmes, but not too much), I like very much Guy Ritchie (in his good movies, skylight) and I love Robert Downey Jr., for that this movie has been done to the measurement.
    Very entertaining, it gives for what he expects from her.

  4. isabelbarcelo on On Tuesday, the 19th January, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Yes it seems entertaining. Me apete to see it. Cordial greetings.

  5. Elpidia on Wednesday, the 20th January, 2010 at 5:47 am

    I like very much Robert Downey Jr as actor. Your comments up cheer me to convince Ricardo so that we see her prompt.

    A strong hug!

  6. Chocoadicta on Wednesday, the 20th January, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I want to go to see it … hope to take him a good impression :)

  7. anarkasis on On Thursday, the 21st January, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    does Sherlock hear, at the end of every comment it appears one trumpets, that, on having put him, the leader above becomes energy, paquéeseso?

    • on On Thursday, the 21st January, 2010 at 11:46 pm

      Thank you very much for the notice, I had not realized that it had the option of reply deactivated to a comment.

      Now it is clear for what it serves :)

      • anarkasis on On Friday, the 22nd January, 2010 at 4:59 pm

        !: and in what part of the bellybutton is it necessary to touch him to wp paquesalgaesoasí?

        • on On Friday, the 22nd January, 2010 at 6:45 pm

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  8. ToKoTo on Friday, the 22nd January, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    To spend a good evening of little doves weigh that an IronMan reminds the role of Downing JR to me to without armor

  9. He looks for your scholarship on On Thursday, the 4th February, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Very good movie and very entertaining … tapeworm very much suspected in seeing it but really I surprised it … I recommend it to all.

  10. SaBaV on Friday, the 5th February, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Since like one re-praise the personage of Baker Street 221B it seemed excellent to me.
    You prop as you indicate that the final scene I like for that thing about the Holmes skepticism it dislocates a bone more.

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