When it was announced that Guy Ritchie was to bring a new version of Sherlock Holmes to the big screen, many thought that the director of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and the iconic gentleman sleuth created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would not make for easy bedfellows. And now that we’ve seen Richie’s revamped Holmes in all its glory, it seems the sceptics were right. For although this modern Sherlock may be popcorn friendly it is, in essence, a by-the-numbers action movie with misplaced literary pretensions that will leave fans of the novel cold.
The blame for the film’s failure does not lie with star Robert Downey Jr, who puts in a typically energetic performance in the title role. There’s just something a bit odd about the film as a whole; Ritchie’s CGI version of Victorian London is ridiculously OTT in places and there’s no real story to speak of, just various set pieces linked together by a fraying plot strand. All in all, it’s a bit of a damp squib. 2 stars
Unavailable for review, but the DVD will have a making of featurette. The Blu-ray release is absolutely packed with features, including Picture in Picture Commentary, timeline, featurettes and storyboard comparisons.
Stars Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law
Director Guy Ritchie
Format DVD & Blu-ray
Distributor Warner Home Video
Released May 17