Sherlock Holmes (2009)

I guess part of how I view films is that I haven't seen as many films as some other people have. As such, a lot of things that can be old for some, are still exciting and new to me. I'm also easily entertained, so that can play a role in how I view films too. With Sherlock Holmes, I love the scenes when he breaks it down in his head, before executing the sequence. There are many other parts that just allow you to dive into the characters mind and see what he's going through. For example, SH pointed out the sound blurring out when Holmes's sound would be blurring out from his point of view.

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.)

I will definitely need to read Holmes to see how closely the movie was true to the books, but it had an appropriate mystery style ending, where you see the clues along the way, but don't know exactly how they'll come together until it's all revealed. As long as it's these little details that matter, that's where Holmes comes in.

The interaction between Holmes and Watson is pretty good.

As my friends and I discussed the movie after watching it, some of faults that can be said of the movie were that some of the scientific explanations were way out there, i.e., way out there in terms of uncommon substances, not in terms of impossible or improbable. It was fun exchanging what we knew before it was explained.

[20091227 2:18 PM]

Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams)

Two years later, due to the release of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), the crew gets together to watch Sherlock Holmes (2009). I think there are some who haven't seen the first yet. In any case, I absolutely love the pacing of the movie. Steph likes the scene where Holmes enters the restaurant and absorbs all the information. That scene, like the scene where Holmes is fighting for sport, does a great job of giving the viewers an idea of what goes through Holmes's mind. It's such an exciting movie. Watching the first movie the day before watching the sequel was a good idea.


This movie recently got added to Netflix and I prioritized watching it again.

In comparison to other adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, this movie gives him a action-packed background. I suppose, given that Sherlock Holmes is a detective, that this makes him a little more like Batman.

With that being said, the character, Sherlock Holmes, still retains his characteristic sharp observations and logic. Speaking of which, this movie did a great job of visually portraying Holmes's thoughts. It would, however, be interesting to see him think through a sequence of thoughts, but have the sequence play out differently (I can't remember if this interest is fulfilled in the sequel).

Sherlock and Dr. John Watson (Jude Law)

On a related note, it was interesting to see watch and compare the depiction of both Holmes and Watson - both individually and together - in this movie and in the BBC television series Sherlock.

Overall, I couldn't help but feel I didn't enjoy the movie as much as I was expecting to enjoy it or as much as I remembered. However, the movie was a lot of fun and I would highly recommend it to fans of the character, Sherlock Holmes.

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 98% match. I decided to give the movie a thumbs up.


Instant Comments:
3a: I love this slow-motion bit!
3a: Watching Sherlock's initial interaction with Watson, I was surprised at the stark difference in relationship as compared to the relationship between Sherlock and Watson in the BBC television series Sherlock (granted Sherlock's personality is generally different as well).

Sherlock (right) and Lord Henry Blackwood (left, Mark Strong)

3a: The ringing. Love it.
3b: "How did you see that?" "Because I was looking for it."
3b: Hahaha. So childish. "Wear a jacket." "You wear a jacket."
3b: "Ability to spit in the back of the head. Neutralized."
3b: Hehe. "Where did that come from?" (someone watching the fight makes a comment about Sherlock winning)
3b: Hahaha. "How did you lure them in?" "Good question. Individually. I've been at it for six hours."
3b: Hahahaha. "Should I answer alphabetically or chronologically?"
3b: Haha. The sound he makes when he jumps down. Almost like "hyah" mixed with "awaa."
3b: Haha. "Beneath this pillow is the key to my release."
3b: Impressive. But I guess the gun ignited a chemical that blew up.
3b: I remember this explosion, but I neither remembered the cause or the aftermath.
3b: Hmm. Lord Coward was standing among the men. He would have been killed too. [Oh, it is explained later.]
3b: "Case reopened."
3a=20190409, 3b=20190410

Released 20091225.
Watched 20091226 Theaters. Bella Terra [SHERLOCK HOLMES] 10:20P $10.00
Watched 20111226.
Watched 20190409 (Netflix, Instant) (English subtitles)
Sherlock Holmes (2009) Guy Ritchie. 128 min.

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