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25th December
2009
written by Adam

When Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), the leader of an occult secret society is captured by master sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his equally sharp assistant Dr. John Watson (Jude Law), all seems right in the world; but, when Blackwood returns from the dead to instigate a new government based on fear and evil a whole new series of mysteries are unravelled. Now, with the game afoot Holmes and Watson must outwit a misguided Scotland Yard, stop Blackwood once and for all, and ultimately find out who the true criminal mastermind at work is.sherlock-holmes-poster Directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), action and adventure is the name of the game, and this film is certainly packed with plenty of both; however, missing from this latest offering is the witty and pithy dialogue one would normally expect in a Ritchie film. This is not to say the script is void of humor though, it’s just not trying as hard to be funny and great acting from Downey Jr. and Law make up for this in spades. Sadly, this praise does not extend to the female cast members of the film, Rachel  McAdams in the role of Irene Adler, Holmes’s love interest, in particular comes across flat and uninteresting. Again though this doesn’t totally spoil the film and there’s still plenty to sink your teeth into, of note Hans Zimmer’s noticeable score adds for great tension and color to the overall experience. Worth seeing at least as a matinee and maybe more, Sherlock Holmes is rated PG-13.

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