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Sir Author Cannon Doyle has finally finished spinning in his grave over this 21st century version of his indomitable 19th century London detective. Think of the venerable Sherlock Holmes and dependable Dr. Watson as a Starsky and Hutch duo minus their 1974 Ford Torino. Although they base the story in 19th century London, all their behaviors and repartee are reflective of our modern slick action flicks. In fact, the most outstanding aspect of the film is the recreation of London and Thames of that period. The old Basil Rathbone renditions of Sherlock Holmes remade with these backgrounds would be unbelievably striking. However, what we have are two brawling buddies and their girl friends who prevent a major crime against the British government by the hanged but reincarnated leader of the Temple of Four, Lord Blackford. The meticulous deductions seem to lag well behind the constant intense fist pounding physical action, which includes destroying a ship in dry dock. Why it took four writers to transform these literary characters into a raffish pair of action heroes I am not certain. We also have the mysterious Professor Moriarty lurking in the background. It is a dynamic action packed picture worthy of the best efforts of the old Wild, Wild West team of Artemus Gordon and Jim West. Director: Guy Ritchie Writers: Michale Robert Johnson Anthony Peckham Simon Kinberg Lionel Wigram Studio: Warner Brothers Stars: Robert Downey Jr Jude Law Rachael McAdams Rating: PG-13 Color Running Time: 128 min USA/Germany Rating: 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Type: Mystery Friday, February 19, 2010