I’ve overheard Sherlock Holmes has been over Hollywood-ified. I’m talking about the latest take by Guy Ritchie. If Conan- Doyle was alive today, this wouldn’t be dissimilar to his very own. The relationship between Holmes (Robert Downey jr) and Watson (Jude Law) is more akin to that of the books and unlike previous reproductions of the said adventures, Watson has acquired his shrapnel induced limp, earned in India.
The atmosphere of London is conjured more realistically, its harrowing, dark, plight ridden streets are all there and Holmes possesses a more realistically rugged streak to his character, he was after all supposed to be bohemian, an idiosyncratic trait I never truly perceived with the old Jeremy Brett performances or that of Basil Rathbone. All in all then, this film is definitely worth watching and I can see it as a sturdy pillar in the adventures and cinematic re-occurrences of that fabled old detective; Sherlock Holmes.