Wondering if Sherlock Holmes is worth your money?
Let me assist you, since I saw Sherlock Holmes on Christmas Day. Yes, on the day it came out. I simply could not resist Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, AND Rachel McAdams! When the chance comes, you jump at it. And in case you disagree or you’ve been living under a rock, check out the riveting trailer below. It was enough to make me leave the fam for a few hours on Christmas Day:
I thought the movie definitely lived up to my expectations, which were pretty high considering I’m a huge Robert Downey Jr. fan. (I was hooked after I saw Chaplin for the first time) As for his drug addiction, we’re all addicted to something, right? At least he got over his already and is acting in some amazing movies already. I also think he has excellent bone structure, but then again I have a natural affinity for these things.
I’d never read a Sherlock Holmes book before, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original character seems too boring now anyway. The reviews I’ve read say that RDJ and Guy Ritchie, the director, really spiced up the original character for a modern audience. I actually think he ruined Doyle’s version for me.
Generally, the reaction seems quite positive. Sherlock Holmes is a trending topic on Twitter – there’s a general feeling of anticipation, excitement, and satisfaction with Downey Jr.’s portrayal from consumers, at least. The Times Online doubted that the on screen charisma was enough for an audience to want to see again and again (as in sequels). I disagree – although the chemistry/bromance between Downey Jr. and Law was a bit awkward at times, it was still very entertaining. The Wall Street Journal Blog, Speakeasy, reported that the “The Warner Bros. film… took in $24.9 million on its opening day, according to early estimates from Hollywood.com. In second place on Christmas Day was “Avatar” (Fox) which brought in $23.5 million.” Well deserved.
Verdict: See it. If you are an Arthur Conan Doyle fan, it’s a new twist on the Holmes you love. If you are a RDJ fan, it’s just another brilliant performance.
“No girl wants to marry someone who can’t tell if a man is dead or not!” – Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes