Sherlock Holmes of the XXIst century
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.
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