Sunday, April 4, 2010

"Sherlock Holmes" [B]

I suppose I didn't mind the somewhat revisionist tone Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr. brought to the Sherlock Holmes mythos. Updating the classics for modern audiences is to be expected. The approach did excel in bringing the time period and characters to life. The problem is that what works in the Holmes stories, including this one, is the repartee between Holmes and Watson as they go about their detecting duties. And there was not enough of either, here. The plot was overwhelmed by fights and chases, with the detecting bits just tacked on at the end with quick revelations, where I half expected Adrian Monk to utter "Here's what happened." But at least with Monk we got to see him actually follow the trail of clues.

Sherlock Holmes (IMDb)

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