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What a surprise!,
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes [DVD]  (DVD)When I heard Guy Ritchie was directing a Sherlock Holmes film I nearly cried. Surely they could have found a decent director to helm the first (and perhaps only) big budget SH film? Like many other reviewers here Jeremy Brett performances remain absolutely definitive for me. Although (to avoid the inevitable comment) I am also a fan of Basil Rathbones performances. In fact on DVD I have more Rathbone than Brett.
Anyway to the film. Well I had to eat my hat, because the film is dam good. Robert Downey Jr is superb as Holmes. Its a different sort of Holmes from the Brett/Rathbone portrayal. Seemingly a little more street savy, but still with the razor sharp mind. Watson is perhaps even better. Its fast-paced, which for todays modern audience it needs to be. The terrible trailer for the film might have led you to believe that it was going to be full of explosions and the usual high-octane stuff that passes for an action film these days, but it seems Mr Ritchie has learnt a lot over the few years. There are still some of his trademark stop-motion tricks, but these seemed appropriate to the scenes they were in.
Criticisms:- frankly not many. A little too much obvious CGI. I have no problem with CGI, so long as I can't tell its there!
They have certainly left the way open to a 2nd film in the series, which I'm looking forward to. So overall, a really entertaining film, which even the most stubborn Brett/Rathbone fan should give a try.