Film Review: Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Film: Sherlock Holmes
Released: 2009
Starring: Robert Downey Jnr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
Director: Guy Ritchie
Rating: Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven OK, but nothing to write home about

After finally catching serial killer and occult “sorcerer” Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner’s new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic – and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.


Perhaps I was expecting a little too much from this film, but I was slightly disappointed by it when I finally got to see it.

I’m a HUGE fan of Robert Downey Junior, so he was the main draw for me, but although he certainly played the role well, he spent much of the time mumbling, so I missed huge swathes of dialogue and possibly, because of that, major plot revelations.

The plot itself was quite faithful to the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books in that Holmes was very physical and agile (I loved the inclusion of the boxing!), but Holmes loathes women, so having him even a little drawn towards one in this film was a major departure from the original character and a slightly unwelcome one at that. He is a confirmed bachelor and quite asexual.

The progression of clues being there but not “revealed” till the end when Sherlock puts it all together for the benefit of everyone else was also typical of the books (doesn’t Holmes just LOVE to display how much smarter than the rest of us he is?), but made for a slightly unsatisfying element of the film.

Overall, this film was entertaining enough, but there was no real substance. However, the way has been clearly paved for a sequel and I will most likely give it a try should it materialise.


2 responses to “Film Review: Sherlock Holmes (2009)

  1. Hi, I agree – this film wasn’t much to write home about. I too love Robert Downey Jnr, but he had so little to work with here. Regrettably underwhelming. Which is a shame when the acting talent was so high. Perhaps the sequel might be a bit more entertaining?

  2. Have yet to see it, although my DD said she liked it. I, too, would see it just for the main actors.