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SHERLOCK HOLMES

In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle`s most famous characters, "Sherlock Holmes" sends Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Jude Law) on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 24 Dec 2009
Genre: Crime / Mystery
Running Time: 2 Hours 8 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong
Director: Guy Ritchie
Format: NA

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Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

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If you're an obsessed fan of the Arthur Conan Doyle's literary hero, Sherlock Holmes, then rejoice!

Too many are there films about this infamous detective but none whatsoever has actually portrayed Holmes in such manner that was written by Doyle and described by Holmes' assistant, Dr Watson as "Bohemian in nature". Almost all films or TV movies dedicated for this character presented Holmes as a stoic robotic deductive monster - more or less an interpretation of the drawing by Sydney Paget rather than the description of the writer. However, director Guy Ritchie translated the role as he is; witty, eccentric, untidy man with no penchant for order.

Cinematography-wise, the dark nuance is similar to David Yates' work in "Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince". Interesting, in a sense that it captures the aura of the late 19th to early 20th century where science is dominating the scene and the foggy dirty London signifies the industrial revolution at its height. Even the steamboat scene at Thames looks exquisite from the way it was shot.

Most of the known characters are present in this film - from Holmes to Lestrade, even to their pug and the gypsy woman who works for the detective. Robert Downey Jr. in his quest to become the perfect Holmes did a mighty fine job in stripping off the cliche look that people would go for. In his rowdy and disorderly appearance, he manages to humanise the character to a T. Jude Law plays a fine Dr Watson and manages to share an equal limelight with Downey. However, it is a bit of a shame that Irene Adler lost her mystery as "The Woman" who was ever able to outplay Holmes. The costume choice made Rachel McAdams look like a "Soho girl" instead of a lady, though she did a pretty good job in her role.

Taking the period of which Dr Watson is moving away from 221 Baker Street to marry his dream woman, the only rust in this solid performance is the rapidity of the film. Although clocking at 2 hours and 8 minutes, every single scene is done in such quickness that for those who are new to the character and the British accent will find it difficult to follow every detail and explanation.

Anyway, this reviewer has deducted that from the way the film ended, there will be a sequel and it will involve a professor. Here's a clue - he's Holmes greatest enemy. The game's afoot!

Cinema Online, 17 December 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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