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Sherlock Holmes

  • 2010-01-13
  • By Michael Litvinsky

Director: Guy Ritchie

The new screen adaptation of the story of one of the world’s most famous detectives, made by one of the most popular British directors of our time, Guy Ritchie, only vaguely resembles the original of each - the story by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle and Ritchie’s previous works.

The movie-goer has already become used to Guy Ritchie’s style, which he has been continuing to develop since his big break picture - “Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels” – about gangsters, money, drugs, unpredictable situations with lots of people involved in them. Still, no movie by Guy Ritchie, up until now, has ever looked like a real action movie. Well, this one does. No long dialogues, no sarcasm, just a couple of good guys trying to defeat a lot of bad guys.
The beginning of the movie shows us the legendary sleuth and his assistant, Dr. Watson, finally apprehending serial killer and occult ‘sorcerer’ Lord Blackwood, and closing yet another successful case, which should have been their last case as a team. Still, when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again.

Despite the plot, style, and genre differences, Ritchie manages to make a great deal of a movie. Indeed, if we abstract away from the book, from it’s other screen adaptations and, most importantly, from the stereotypes in our head concerning main characters, we will notice that Ritchie created a film which balances perfectly between action, mystery and humor, so anyone can find something they like. Not to mention the magnificent landscapes of London, created perfectly by production and special effect teams, and the tremendous work of the cinematography group delivering some incomparable views, and some very stylish fighting scenes.

If you are a fan of the classics, maybe you will find the new “Sherlock Holmes” a very interesting and original way to reignite it, and if you are just a ‘regular’ movie-goer looking for some quality action with a slight pinch of British humor, you will simply adore the movie. “Sherlock Holmes” is  another quality picture by a solid director and a very talented crew.         

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