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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

  • Rate: 7.5/10 total 192,332 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Crime | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 25 December 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 128 min
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Sherlock Holmes (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • Rate: 7.5/10 total 192,332 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Crime | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 25 December 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 128 min
  • Filming Location: Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, West Brompton, London, England, UK
  • Budget: $90,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $209,028,679(USA)
  • Director: Guy Ritchie
  • Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams
  • Original Music By: Hans Zimmer   
  • Soundtrack: The Rocky Road to Dublin
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Sherlock Holmes | Partner | Detective | Black Magic | Scotland Yard

Writing Credits By:

  • Michael Robert Johnson (screenplay) and
  • Anthony Peckham (screenplay) and
  • Simon Kinberg (screenplay)
  • Lionel Wigram (screen story) and
  • Michael Robert Johnson (screen story)
  • Arthur Conan Doyle (characters: Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Known Trivia

  • Colin Farrell was in talks to play Watson before Jude Law was cast.
  • The first Sherlock Holmes film to reach U.S. movie theaters in over twenty years, since the 1988 comedy Without a Clue with Michael Caine as Reginald Kincaid/”Sherlock Holmes”.
  • Robert Maillet accidentally knocked out Robert Downey Jr. while filming a fight scene.
  • Robert Downey Jr. read many Sherlock Holmes stories and watched The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in order to learn more about the character.
  • Sienna Miller was in talks for a role before her ex-fiancĂ© Jude Law was cast as Watson.
  • The song that plays from 1:03 to the end on the second trailer is a piece called “Unstoppable” by the group E.S. Posthumus (specifically 1:47 to the end on the track).
  • The set for Sherlock Holmes’s home in this film was previously used as Sirius Black’s home in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  • The part of Sherlock Holmes has been previously played by Michael Caine (in Without a Clue), while Watson is played in this film by Jude Law. Law took over Caine’s role in Alfie (remake of Alfie) and Sleuth (remake of Sleuth), appearing together with him in the latter film.
  • Early rumors had Brad Pitt as Moriarty, but were quickly denied.
  • Guy Ritchie’s first film not to be rated R in the US, to be rated 12 in his native country (UK), and where he has not been part of the writing process.

Goofs: Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Dredger meets Holmes for the second time, he quips "Tu m'as manqué?", which can mean "I felt your absence" or "you didn't hit me". In this situation, "Tu m'as manqué" is a perfect translation for "you missed me".

Plot: Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. Full summary »  »

Story: After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic – and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.Written by The Massie Twins  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Bruce Berman known as executive producer
  • Steve Clark-Hall known as co-producer
  • Susan Downey known as producer
  • Peter Eskelsen known as associate producer
  • Dan Lin known as producer
  • Lauren Meek known as associate producer
  • Joel Silver known as producer
  • Michael Tadross known as executive producer
  • Lionel Wigram known as producer
  • Dana Goldberg known as executive producer (uncredited)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Robert Downey Jr. known as Sherlock Holmes
  • Jude Law known as Dr. John Watson
  • Rachel McAdams known as Irene Adler
  • Mark Strong known as Lord Blackwood
  • Eddie Marsan known as Inspector Lestrade
  • Robert Maillet known as Dredger
  • Geraldine James known as Mrs. Hudson
  • Kelly Reilly known as Mary Morstan
  • William Houston known as Constable Clark
  • Hans Matheson known as Lord Coward
  • James Fox known as Sir Thomas Rotheram
  • William Hope known as Ambassador Standish
  • Clive Russell known as Captain Tanner
  • Oran Gurel known as Reordan
  • David Garrick known as McMurdo
  • Kylie Hutchinson known as Maid
  • Andrew Brooke known as Guard Captain
  • Tom Watt known as Carriage Driver
  • John Kearney known as Carriage Driver
  • Sebastian Abineri known as Coach Driver
  • Jonathan Gabriel Robbins known as Guard
  • James A. Stephens known as Captain Philips
  • Terry Taplin known as Groundskeeper
  • Bronagh Gallagher known as Palm Reader
  • Ed Tolputt known as Anonymous Man
  • Joe Egan known as Big Man
  • Jefferson Hall known as Young Guard
  • Miles Jupp known as Waiter
  • Marn Davies known as Police Officer
  • Andrew Greenough known as Prison Guard
  • Ned Dennehy known as Man with Roses
  • Martin Ewens known as Removable Man
  • Amanda Grace Johnson known as Young Woman Sacrifice
  • James Greene known as Governor
  • David Emmings known as Grave Policeman
  • Ben Cartwright known as Grave Policeman
  • Chris Sunley known as Grave Policeman
  • Michael Jenn known as Preacher
  • Timothy O'Hara known as Porter / Smith
  • Guy Williams known as Golden Dawn Envoy
  • Peter Miles known as Thug
  • Jonathan Bridge known as Man Carrying Tray of Fish in Market (uncredited)
  • Sam Creed known as Thug (uncredited)
  • Radu Andrei Cucu known as Frenzy Man (uncredited)
  • James Currie known as Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Jason Daly known as Man with Dog (uncredited)
  • Paul J. Dove known as Bishop (uncredited)
  • Neil Findlater known as Photographer (uncredited)
  • Kas Graham known as Dog Fighter (uncredited)
  • Thomas Kadman known as Pallbearer (uncredited)
  • Brendan McCoy known as Fishmonger (uncredited)
  • Matthew Rose known as Barman (uncredited)
  • Robert Stone known as Prizefighter (uncredited)
  • John Warman known as Policeman (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Christine Blundell known as hair designer
  • Christine Blundell known as makeup designer
  • Carol 'Ci Ci' Campbell known as hair stylist: New York (as Carol {Cici} Campbell)
  • Charmaine Fuller known as hair artist
  • Charmaine Fuller known as makeup artist
  • Agnes Legere known as hair assistant
  • Agnes Legere known as makeup assistant
  • Chloe Meddings known as hair artist
  • Chloe Meddings known as makeup artist
  • Paul Mooney known as hair stylist: Robert Downey Jr.
  • Patricia Regan known as makeup artist: New York
  • Matthew Smith known as prosthetic makeup designer (as Matt Smith)
  • Lesa Warrener known as senior hair stylist
  • Lesa Warrener known as senior makeup artist
  • Julia Wilson known as hair artist: second unit
  • Julia Wilson known as makeup artist: second unit
  • Ricci-Lee Berry known as crowd makeup trainee: dailies (uncredited)
  • Amy Byrne known as crowd hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Amy Byrne known as crowd makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Maria Cork known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
  • Patt Foad known as crowd makeup trainee: dailies (uncredited)
  • Lucy Friend known as crowd makeup trainee: dailies (uncredited)
  • Siobhan Harper Ryan known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Chris Lyons known as special effects teeth (uncredited)
  • Monica MacDonald known as makeup trainee (uncredited)
  • Nina Pratley known as crowd hair trainee: dailies (uncredited)
  • Nina Pratley known as makeup trainee (uncredited)
  • Nikita Rae known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Clare Ramsey known as crowd makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Pascale Recher known as crowd makeup trainee: dailies (uncredited)
  • Charlotte Rogers known as crowd hair/makeup artist: daily (uncredited)
  • Jesse Rose Rogers known as crowd makeup trainee (uncredited)
  • Nicola Springall known as crowd makeup trainee: dailies (uncredited)
  • Nadia Stacey known as crowd makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Charlotte Thompson known as assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Joseph Alfieri known as construction coordinator: New York (as Joseph S. Alfieri)
  • David Allcock known as storyboard artist
  • Henry Antonacchio known as construction foreman: New York
  • Michael Auszura known as assistant art director: New York
  • Toni Barton known as assistant art director: New York
  • Andrew Bennett known as draughtsperson
  • Susan Bode known as set decorator: New York (as Susan Bode Tyson)
  • Jason Brown known as on-set dresser: New York
  • Ken Burnett known as dressing propman (as Kenny Burnett)
  • Alison Cardy known as assistant production buyer
  • Joe Cassar known as standby construction
  • Netty Chapman known as standby art director
  • Jamie Churchouse known as supervising plasterer
  • Raymond Churchouse known as hod plasterer
  • Temple Clark known as storyboard artist
  • Chris Clarke known as standby art director: second unit
  • Liz Colbert known as graphic artist
  • David Conway known as dressing propman
  • Stephen Conway known as dressing propman (as Steve Conway)
  • Charlotte Crosbie known as set decorating coordinator
  • Sean Daly known as fine artist
  • Laura Dishington known as graphic designer
  • Gabriela Dolenska known as art department coordinator
  • Simon Duric known as storyboard artist
  • Glyn Evans known as hod painter
  • Peter Fentem known as property storeman
  • Claire Fleming known as art department assistant
  • Robert Griffon Jr. known as prop master: New York (as Bobby Griffon)
  • Bruce Lee Gross known as leadman: New York (as Bruce Gross)
  • Emma Hanson known as supervising sculptor
  • Alison Harvey known as production buyer
  • Stuart Headley-Read known as standby propman (as Stuart Read)
  • Bill Howe known as rigger (as William Howe)
  • Steve Hunter known as sculptor
  • Simon Hutchings known as standby painter
  • Joseph K. Kepple IV known as art department coordinator: New York
  • Eva Kuntz known as illustrator
  • Charles Leatherland known as lead draughtsman
  • Pete Lennox known as standby construction
  • Shay Leonard known as standby propman
  • Nili Lerner known as scenic foreman: New York
  • Elizabeth Linn known as charge scenic: New York
  • Choi Ho Man known as draughtsperson
  • Gary Martin known as dressing propman
  • John McDonnell known as assistant prop master: New York (as John B. McDonnell)
  • Eddie O'Neill known as hod stagehand
  • Adrian Platt known as dressing propman
  • Sui Rajakaruna known as art department researcher
  • Tom Roberts known as standby propman: second unit
  • Matthew Robinson known as assistant art director
  • Ian Rolfe known as standby rigger
  • Bradley Schmidt known as assistant art director: New York
  • Richard Smith known as sculptor
  • Mike Stallion known as draughtsperson
  • Hayley Easton Street known as visual effects art director
  • Daniel Swingler known as draughtsperson
  • Leigh Thurbon known as hod carpenter
  • Chris Tooth known as art department assistant (as Christopher Tooth)
  • Sophie Tyler known as assistant set decorator
  • Omar Vaid known as on-set dresser: New York
  • Lloyd Vincent known as standby props: second unit
  • Stuart Watson known as construction manager
  • Steve Wilson known as construction supervisor
  • Dennis Wiseman known as property master
  • Lee Wiseman known as chargehand
  • Lotta Wolgers known as draughtsperson
  • Patricia Woodbridge known as art director: New York
  • Helen Xenopoulos known as assistant art director
  • Jackie Yau known as props buyer: second unit
  • Alex Abelman known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Michael Acevedo known as foreman (uncredited)
  • Stephen Barth known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Mason Chesler known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Dean Clegg known as draughtsman (uncredited)
  • Justin Corbett known as construction grip (uncredited)
  • Paul Couch known as stand-by painter (uncredited)
  • Rachel Cutler known as set decorating runner (uncredited)
  • Richard Bryan Douglas known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Laurent Ferrie known as drapesman (uncredited)
  • Pip Fox known as dressing propman (uncredited)
  • Eric Friedewald known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Gary Gleeson known as painter (uncredited)
  • Brent Godek known as props (uncredited)
  • Glen Gregory known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Rohan Harris known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Steve Harris known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Richard Hawkyard known as props (uncredited)
  • Gavin A. Holmes known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Gay Howard known as art department coordinator: set decoration department, New York (uncredited)
  • Alexander James known as scenic industrial (uncredited)
  • Ben Johnson known as dressing prop daily (uncredited)
  • Brian Kontz known as plaster foreman (uncredited)
  • Jessica Kosky known as scenic artist apprentice (uncredited)
  • Dan Kubicek known as shop electric (uncredited)
  • Andrew Laybats known as painter (uncredited)
  • Kimberley Lieber known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Loach known as draughtsman (uncredited)
  • Catriona Maccann known as sculptor (uncredited)
  • Stephen McGregor known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • James McKeown known as prop modeller (uncredited)
  • Ramona Messina known as props (uncredited)
  • Graham Mitchell known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • John Moolenschot known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Steven Morris known as dressing props (uncredited)
  • Eddie Murphy known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Ian Murray known as stand-by rigger: second unit (uncredited)
  • Craig Narramore known as propshop modeller (uncredited)
  • Eric Pastore known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Sandra Phillips known as draughtsperson (uncredited)
  • Scott Rogers known as props (uncredited)
  • Elliot Scott known as art department runner (uncredited)
  • Stephen Siersema known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Robert Spence known as shop manager: New York (uncredited)
  • Sophie Tarver known as propmaker (uncredited)
  • Tobias James Tomkins known as art department runner (uncredited)
  • Chris Tooth known as stand-by art director: second unit, additional photography (uncredited)
  • Carl Wilson known as senior propmaker (uncredited)
  • Simon Wilson known as prop maker (uncredited)
  • Mal Zawadzki known as stand-by painter: second unit (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (as A Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation)
  • Village Roadshow Pictures (in association with)
  • Silver Pictures (as A Silver Pictures Production)
  • Wigram Productions (as A Wigram Production)
  • Internationale Filmproduktion Blackbird Dritte (in association with) (copyright holder) (as Internationale Filmproduktion Blackbird Dritte GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Lin Pictures (uncredited)

Other Companies:

  • 10 Twenty Two Casting  extras casting (uncredited)
  • 2020 Casting  extras casting (uncredited)
  • Air Lyndhurst Studios  music recorded at (uncredited)
  • American Humane Association, The  monitored some of the animal action: AHAD 01620 (as American Humane)
  • Angels the Costumiers  costumier (uncredited)
  • Arion Facilities  VistaVision dailies (uncredited)
  • Associated Newspapers Archive  with thanks to (as Associated Newspapers Ltd.)
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies/mobiles (uncredited)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies (uncredited)
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust  with thanks to
  • Cliveden Country House Hotel  with special thanks to
  • Corporation of London Film Office  with thanks to (as City of London Film Office)
  • Crossness Engines Trust, The  with special thanks to
  • Dakota Music Services  music preparation (uncredited)
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital asset management
  • First Unit Caterers  caterer
  • Flying Pictures  aerial filming services provided by (uncredited)
  • Fugitive Studios  end credits by
  • Gadbury Casting  extras casting (uncredited)
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance (uncredited)
  • Goldcrest Post Production London  sound post-production (uncredited)
  • Hatfield House  with thanks to (as Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, UK)
  • Helen Uffner Vintage Clothing  vintage clothing rentals (uncredited)
  • Henry's International Cuisine  catering: New York (uncredited)
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)  this picture made under the jurisdiction of (as I.A.T.S.E.)
  • Internationale Filmproduktion Blackbird Zweite  acknowledgement: is the author and creator of this motion picture for the purposes of copyright and other laws (as Internationale Filmproduktion Blackbird Zweite GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Kodak  motion picture products
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment (uncredited)
  • Liverpool Film Office  with thanks to
  • London Session Orchestra, The  orchestra (uncredited)
  • Mad Dog Casting  extras casting (uncredited)
  • Manchester Town Hall  with thanks to
  • Mayor of New York City  with thanks to
  • Midnight Digital  dailies (uncredited)
  • Motion Picture Merchandise (MPM)  crew gift
  • Movie Lot, The  unit security
  • NYPD Movie and TV Unit  with thanks to (as NYPD Movie & TV Unit)
  • New Line Records  soundtrack (uncredited)
  • New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting, The  with thanks to (as NYC Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting)
  • New York Film Commission, The  with thanks to (as New York City Film Commissioner)
  • New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture & Television Development  with thanks to
  • P S TECHNIK  camera equipment provided by (uncredited)
  • Panalux  film lighting (uncredited)
  • Panavision UK  camera and lenses by (as Panavision)
  • Pepper Post Production  sound post-production (uncredited)
  • Pepper Sound  sound re-recording facility (uncredited)
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD editing equipment provided by (uncredited)
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services (uncredited)
  • Prologue Films  main titles designed and produced by
  • Ray Knight Casting  extras casting (uncredited)
  • Silicon Imaging  camera equipment provided by (uncredited)
  • Sony Classical  soundtrack (uncredited)
  • Sony Music Entertainment  soundtrack (uncredited)
  • Symbolic & Chase  jewellery provided by
  • Take 2 Film Services  camera equipment provided by (uncredited)
  • The Cliveden National Trust  with thanks to (as National Trust, Cliveden)
  • Translux  facilities (uncredited)
  • WaterTower Music  soundtrack album on (as Watertower Music)
  • Westminster Special Events Office  with thanks to (as Events Office, Westminster City Council)


  • 20th Century Fox (2009) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (2010) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2010) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Village Films (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (distributed by) (A TimeWarner Company)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2010) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2010) (USA) (TV)
  • Turner Network Television (TNT) (2012) (USA) (TV)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Finland Oy (2010) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (UK) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Vidéo (2010) (France) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Vidéo (2010) (France) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Visual Effects Company, The (visual effects motion control by)
  • Double Negative (visual effects by)
  • Framestore (visual effects by)
  • Prologue Films (visual effects by)
  • BlueBolt (uncredited)
  • Plowman Craven & Associates (3D Cyber & LIDAR scanning and digital modelling) (uncredited)

Visual Effects by:

  • Jan Adamczyk known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Ben Aickin known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Dalia Al-Husseini known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Papavramides Alexandra known as digital artist: Double Negative (as Alexandra Papavramides)
  • Myles Asseter known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Keziah Bailey known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Valdimar Baldvinsson known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Jakob Baltzersen known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Daniel Barrow known as visual effects producer (as Dan Barrow)
  • Petter Bergmark known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Thomas Biller known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Matthias Bjarnason known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Turea Blyth known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Alan Boucek known as compositing supervisor: Double Negative
  • William Brand known as digital artist: Framestore (as Will Brand)
  • Paul Brannan known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Jamie Briens known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Richard Briscoe known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Jon R. Brown known as visual effects data wrangler (as Jonathan Brown)
  • Andrew Bull known as 3d rig chase operator: The Visual Effects Company
  • Helen Bunker known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Henry Bush known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Andrew Butler known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Tim Catchpole known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Bimla Chall known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Paul Chandler known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Malavika Chandrakanth known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Dan Churchill known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Isabel Cody known as previz artist
  • Drew Collins known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Zoe Cranley known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Alex Cumming known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Marcello Da Silva known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Nick Dacey known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Alistair Darby known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Alexandra Daunt Watney known as visual effects producer: Framestore
  • Max Decroix known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Virginie Degorgue known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Claudia Dehmel known as visual effects producer: Double Negative
  • Rob Delicata known as motion control producer: The Visual Effects Company (as Robert Delicata)
  • Lee Dexter known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Katherine Durant known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Graeme Eglin known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Dadi Einarsson known as animation supervisor: Framestore
  • Selcuk Ergen known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Daniel Evans known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Ellie Faustino known as digital artist: Double Negative (as Elisenda Faustino)
  • Jonathan Fawkner known as visual effects supervisor: Framestore
  • David Fernández Girón known as digital artist: Double Negative (as David Fernandez)
  • Peter Forson known as digital artist: Framestore (as Pete Forson)
  • Richard Frazer known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Pawl Fulker known as visual effects previz supervisor
  • John J. Galloway known as digital artist: Double Negative (as John Galloway)
  • Lára Garðarsdóttir known as digital artist: Framestore (as Lara Gardarsdottir)
  • Julian Gnass known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Tom Griffiths known as digital artist: Double Negative (as Tom PC Griffiths)
  • Aevar Gudmundsson known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Alex Guri known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Jeremy Hardin known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Chloe Harrison known as visual effects coordinator: Framestore
  • Jeremy Hattingh known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Adam Hawkes known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Oliver Hearsey known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Josie Henwood known as visual effects production assistant
  • Jeremy Hey known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Bastian Hopfgarten known as visual effects data wrangler
  • Jason Horley known as matte painter supervisor: Framestore
  • Laurent Hugueniot known as cg supervisor: Framestore
  • Chas Jarrett known as visual effects supervisor
  • Laura Jennings known as visual effects editor
  • Oliver Johnstone known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Tim Keene known as visual effects producer: Framestore
  • Christian Kesler known as digital artist: Framestore CFC
  • Jakob Kousholt known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Benjamin Krebs known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Brian Krijgsman known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Rick Leary known as cg supervisor: Double Negative
  • Skeel Lee known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Eugene Lipkin known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Patricia Llaguno known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Chi Kwong Lo known as digital artist: Framestore (as Chi-Kwong Lo)
  • Benjamin Loch known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Justin Long known as previz artist
  • Damien Macé known as digital artist: Framestore (as Damien Mace)
  • Jay Mallet known as motion control cameraman: The Visual Effects Company (as Jay Mallett)
  • Jan Maroske known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Jason Mayo known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Oliver McCluskey known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Jason McDonald known as previz artist
  • Horacio Mendoza known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Charlotte Merrill known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • Christophe Meslin known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Thomas Middleton known as digital artist: Double Negative (as Tom Middleton)
  • Jaymie Miguel known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Neil Miller known as digital artist: Double Negative
  • László Molnár known as digital artist: Framestore (as Laszlo Molnar)
  • Danny Murphy known as motion control operator: The Visual Effects Company
  • Bruce Nelson known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Carlos-Christian Nickel known as digital artist: Framestore
  • Digna Nigoumi known as motion control operator: The Visual Effects Company
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MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material



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  1. paperback_wizard from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:58 am

    … not the movie, but the number of self-professed Holmes aficionadoswho apparently have no knowledge of Holmes. For the record, Holmes wasa miserable, irresponsible drug addict who did indeed sleep on thefloor, insult his best friend, experiment on his dog, and never everwore a deerstalker's cap (at least, not until television was invented).He was a brawler who practiced martial arts and was as likely to slumaround in the filthiest of rags as he was a suit.

    It wasn't until after Doctor Watson took him in hand that he trulyrefined himself and became a "respectable" member of society. And yes,we can tell that this movie takes place THAT early in theirrelationship because Watson has not yet married his wife (theretconning did annoy me, too, by the way, but you just can't avoid alittle re-imagining here and there).

    Speaking of unavoidable, Irene Adler, Holmes' one uncapturable (is thata word?), simply had to be cast as a potential love interest. Theflirting, the romance, and the near-make-out session were irresistibleto the director (and to all of the audience who're honest withthemselves).

    That being said, I felt Robert Downey, Jr. played Sherlock Holmes toperfection. His characteristic caustic attitude towards Lestrade andeven Watson at times was exactly how I'd imagine him. He gives severalsummations of his observations and deductions that brought Holmes tolife in an almost unparalleled way. His fight scenes (preceded thefirst few times by superhuman calculations) show both the mental andphysical sides of Holmes in ways that Watson's notes can't quiteconvey, but at which they constantly hint.

    As for Watson himself, Jude Law delivered a wonderful performance. Iwas a little skeptical of how well he fought, given Watson's wartimeinjury, but his character and demeanor were entirely on the nose. Hisloyalty to Holmes despite his frustrations with him could not have beencaptured more expertly, I feel. No one, no matter how patient orforgiving, could endure Holmes forever without the occasionalconfrontation. The original Holmes, after all, was not above insultinghis best friend or even deriding his deductive capabilities at times.Nevertheless, Watson never could abandon his friend in his time ofneed.

    This version (or vision, if you will) of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle'sgreatest creation may be more swashbuckling, more thrilling, and moreedgy than any other incarnation, but that doesn't make it any lessfaithful to the original. Aside from a little revisionist history inthe cases of the female leads, nothing is that far out of the ordinary;and no amount of references to Madonna will change that.

  2. SylvesterFox007 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:58 am

    Nearly hundreds of actors have played Sherlock Holmes and his sidekickDr. Watson, and it may seem rash to call Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Lawthe best Holmes-and-Watson-duo so far. But I've been a Sherlock Holmesfan my whole life, and most of the portrayals I've seen of thecharacter only focus on an aspect or two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle'scharacter. In Guy Ritchie's film, as in Doyle's "canon", SherlockHolmes is an avid boxer, a martial artist, a dabbler in many sciences,and a master of disguise. Most importantly, he's an expert in logic anddeduction. He playfully torments his housekeeper Ms. Hudson (GeraldineJames) and shares an antagonistic but symbiotic relationship withpolice Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan).

    The movie opens with Holmes and Watson apprehending serial killingSatanist Lord Blackwood (played broodingly by Mark Strong). Blackwoodis executed, but when he seemingly rises from the dead, the deductiveduo must determine whether it's a supernatural occurrence or if there'sa logical explanation. It's exactly the type of mystery Doyle wouldhave devised, with plenty of twists and opportunities for Holmes toshow off his genius as he races to stop a plot to take over England and(gasp!) America. Everything from the experiments Holmes performs in hisBaker Street flat to his climatic revelation of the mystery on theTower Bridge seems perfectly in line with Doyle's writing.

    One of the only departures from the canon that bothered me wasSherlock's introduction to Dr. Watson's fiancée, Mary Morstan, playedas a delicate English rose by Kelly Reilly. In the stories, Mary wasHolmes' client in "The Sign of Four" before Holmes first encounteredIrene Adler (Rachel McAdams) in "A Scandal in Bohemia." Then again, thecontinuity of the stories was rarely important to filmmakers, or evento Sir Arthur, so I'm just nitpicking.

    As a film on its own merits, "Sherlock Holmes" is almost perfect. Themovie's opening shot grabs you, and Guy Ritchie's directing staysgripping all the way through the end titles. His version of VictorianLondon is moody and atmospheric. Hans Zimmer's quirky score blends wellwith the film's tone and Downey Jr.'s off-kilter Holmes. Meanwhile,Jude Law transforms Dr. Watson from the bumbling comic relief of mostmovies into a cool, competent sidekick. Perhaps owing to his ownconsiderable acting chops, he's the rare Watson who manages to be asinteresting and watchable as Holmes. When he leaps into action, herelies on a sword-cane and a trusty revolver, while Sherlock favors ariding crop (which die-hard fans will recall was his preferred methodof self-defense in the canon). Rachel McAdams manages to tweakSherlock's classic adversary into a feisty action heroine. All thewhile, another familiar adversary skulks in the shadows.

    Even when Sherlock Holmes feels a little bit more like James Bond, hedoesn't feel any less like Sherlock Holmes. Ritchie finds a way todepict Sherlock's fighting as a mental exercise as much as it's aphysical feat. In the same way, though "Sherlock Holmes" is grander andmore commercial than Guy Ritchie's usual films, it doesn't feel anyless like Guy Ritchie.

  3. C-Younkin from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:58 am

    Do Guy Ritchie and Sherlock Holmes fit? Why, it's elementary my dearmovie fan. This is one of the most entertaining thrillers of the yearand the fantastic Downey Jr. and Law are a big part of the reason why.They take top honors as the years best bro-mance, arguing like an oldmarried couple while deep down knowing that they'd be lost without eachother. Downey is Holmes and Law is sidekick Dr. Watson, embroiled in aplot where the black-magic-practicing Lord Blackwood (a perfectly graveand menacing Mark Strong) has risen from the dead after being sentencedto hang. Rachel McAdams also shows up as Irene Adler, the only criminalwho has ever gotten the best of Holmes.

    Downey Jr. brings quick-wit, cunning, and a scruffy toughness to a rolelong seen as stuffy and dry, while Law a distinguished charm that, attimes, spills over into testy aggressiveness (which is funniest atHolmes most annoying). Both toss off the one-liners with ease.Ritchie's directorial style also comes through, from the dark, grimyVictorian- London production values to the violent boxing and martialarts matches. Holmes' mindset (such as the steps he takes to neutralizea suspect, interpret clues, follow the deceptive) also brings outRitchie's ability to create an ultra-stylized flashback. There are alsoa few really thrilling action set-pieces involving a boat and anunfinished bridge. The plot, by three screenwriters, is a little on theconvoluted side but it gets the job done with plot-twist on-top of plottwist. With all the brutal violence and style, you can be sure thisisn't your Grandpa's Sherlock Holmes, but it will have you drooling fora sequel nonetheless.

  4. David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas
    30 Mar 2012, 9:58 am

    Greetings again from the darkness. Great literature seldom makes forgreat cinema. The mediums are vastly different. However greatliterature, in the right hands, can make for very entertaining cinema.Such is the case with Guy Ritchie's interpretation of Sir Arthur ConanDoyle's greatest character.

    Mr. Ritchie provides us with quite a departure from the Basil Rathboneand Nigel Bruce "Holmes and Watson". Here we get dazzling specialeffects and near super-human feats and stunts. Another twist is thatthis Holmes here is no meticulous, fastidious bore in real life. Infact, he lives more like a frat boy or rock star – replete with trashedroom and bouts of isolation.

    What is not missing is Holmes' world class attention to detail. Thestory here is multi-layered and actually very interesting, if not a bithigh-minded and high-concept. The still-under-construction Tower Bridgeplays a role in the film and the bleakness and gray of London iscaptured perfectly.

    Of course, I won't reveal any details of the story other than to saythe "good" guys are out to get a real bad guy here … wonderfullyplayed by the always solid Mark Strong, who may or may not be dead.That always makes for an interesting case! Support from Rachel McAdamsand Eddie Marsan are fine, but Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are thereal stars as Holmes and Watson. As odd as it seems, they really dohave a buddy factor that works well on screen. Downey's physicality hasalways set him apart from many contemporary actors … he moves like adancer and fights like a champion. Jude Law is often too pretty-boy forme, but he really does a nice job of capturing the reluctant sidekickwith complimentary skills.

    This is a BIG movie! It is made to be a rollicking good time with tonsof popcorn munched. Smaller kids will not be able to follow the story,but anyone who has read a Holmes story (and isn't against a littleartistic license) should see the film. It is extremely entertaining andfun to watch.

  5. joestank15 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:58 am

    Sherlock Holmes – Based on the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, thepopular detective is portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. His loyal companionWatson (played superbly by Jude Law) is getting married and Holmes isnone too happy. Their antics are put on the shelf because LordBlackwood (ice cold Mark Strong), a powerful man of the occult world,has committed a series of murders. When he is hung, he rises from thegrave and promises to drastically change the world with himself asmaster. With the future of several countries at stake, it is up toHolmes to stop Blackwood. Downey Jr. disappears into the role like thecharacter does with various disguises. He is completely believable as adetective whose deductive skills are so powerful that, without focus,mundane situations are overwhelming to his psyche. The film and roleare his.

    Holmes is portrayed as a borderline manic depressive eccentric whocannot function unless he has a goal to accomplish. In other words:Robert Downey Jr. The film has fun exploring the part of Holmes leftuntouched by the films done by varying Television productions for manyyears. Namely: the physical side of Holmes. Yes, Holmes is a boxer,stick/sword fighter, and a martial artist. It was in the books, and itis done in this film as well. He flung Moriarty down a chasm withjujitsu in one of the stories for God's sake! It always bothered methat Holmes's eccentricities and drug-use seemed to be shelved on thescreen in favor of a more well-put together stern man who would neverdeign to get his hands dirty. Holmes was never meant to be a symbol ofstiff-upper lip Britain, yet that's what he became. The obvious reasonsbehind these choices were probably finances (or lack thereof concerningfight co-ordination) and censorship. It's funny how interpretationswork. Icons are taken down such a strange path that, when someonedecides to bring them to where they started, the old looks new. Batmanwas always noir. Bond was a quipless suave killer. Holmes could fight.

    A down and dirty Holmes is more interesting (surprise!) to a 21stcentury audience than an omniscient uppercrust man eternally in abathrobe. This Holmes is fairly true to the original character. It maynot be true to the Holmes some people have in their heads, but thatversion cherry picks elements of Doyle's original creation. Actuallythis Watson is not as close to the original version (younger with nolimp), but this Watson ties Holmes to reality, is less of an audiencefill-in (read: a dumb shmoe) and kicks some major ass.

    The film is riveting with only a few parts that actually lag. Hugeexplanations are saved until the end. We realize we have seem more orless all that Holmes has seen, and yet he gleaned far far more with hispowerful intellect. Guy Ritchie's directing is vast and yet detailoriented. It's fairly comprehensible yet there is enough in thedialogue and character relationships to warrant future viewings.

    Sherlock Holmes is smart and entertaining, a combination which alwaysworks better than either adjective by itself. This is an invigoratingre-boot that reminds us why the detective is such an icon. RobertDowney Jr. and Jude Law have perfect chemistry like an old marriedcouple. Mark Strong plays a chilling villain and one lament is that, aspart of the film is spent trying to find him, his performance issurprisingly brief. Rachel McAdams is the one part of casting thatfeels disingenuous. She's not quite devilish or sensuous enough to bethe one woman that outsmarted Sherlock Holmes. Still, a thoroughlyentertaining film for the head and heart. I look forward to theinevitable sequel. A-

  6. ruiresende84 ( from Porto, Portugal
    30 Mar 2012, 9:58 am

    Somehow, i've always avoided the cinematic (or TV) presentations ofSherlock Holmes. I find the character fascinating, but i always felt itwas more invested in literature, not cinema. His deductions, the way hesurrounds the worlds he investigates are a feast for thinking minds.Even when the deductions are over the top (which happens often!) onecan't stop smiling at the cleverness. More than that, the character isa perfect piece invested in a clever, irresistible and fascinatingworld. London. That part is visual, and a good ground to invest acinematic world. But, unlike for example anything by Agatha Christie,Doyle's cleverness is rooted in pure deductive logic, not on themechanics of the world. Notice that Christie's crimes are many times amatter of understanding how things happened, spatially (murder on theorient express is the zenith of that). I suppose Doyle formed his mindbefore cinema had any significant impact on how our minds work.

    So the challenge for any modern filmmaker, and actor, who wants toupdate Holmes, is to make the character more cinematic, more appealing.Several tricks are used here, most of them successful, even ifstraightforward. One is the most obvious, making Holmes an actioncharacter (which actually is in its original dna, even though TVproductions usually ignore that). This might be a flop, and make theversion laughable, but by now there is a sense of irony and selfawareness in Ritchie's films (sincer Lock Stock) that allows him tosupport a xxi century action figure in Holmes clothing that actually iswatchable. A minor trick here is the association of the deduction withthe very process of physical fighting, which creates some Matrixmoments. Well, their watchable, though not particularly interesting. Inthe greater arc, there are good action sequences, because, as anycompetent action these days, considers the elements of the surroundingspace, and uses them.

    But there are two big things in this film, which take it to new levelsof interest.

    One is the acting. Jude Law is a clever guy, an interesting actor whosegreatest quality is how he merges anonymously with the context he isintended to integrate. He willingly becomes a piece of a largertapestry, and that really is something to look upon. There are not manyactors who can claim they can do this competently. But the king of thegame is Downey Jr. He is the gold piece in the puzzle of updatingHolmes. There certainly will be a before-after Holmes character, withthis film. The man is capable to work his performances on severaldirections, and each of them is a perfect link to its surroundings. Sohe gives in to Ritchie's demands, and introduces humour, irony, andself-awareness in the character, to make it usable for the director'swinks at ironic action. He invests totally on the creation of acharacter who merges with the textures of the context, while beingdistinct from it. And while doing it, he folds us into his game, so wedo everything with him, side by side. We deduce, we smile, we run, allwith him. So, if the film hadn't other qualities, Downey Jr would stillmake it worthy, because he, alone, solves one the most basic problemswith any film: to find a channel audiences can safely cross into thegame someone (director) proposes. He is one of the best ever.

    But there is another great thing here, which i suspect has a lot to dowith several guys involved in the process of making the film. Theresult is an incredible sense of placement. London, XIXth century. Allthose dirty muddy streets, all the dirt. The fascination of the innerlocations, namely the midget's laboratory. How those sets are usable,in the action scenes. That's all competent, more than competent. It'sperfectly rendered, carefully photographed, it sounds overlyartificial, but it's a matter of taste, i suppose. But what was reallystriking was the use of the London bridge. Notice how it is announced,early in the film, with a similar perspective to the one we'll get inthe end. Than, the great sequence, when Irene Adler goes through thesewage, goes up, and we end up with a close up of her, in anunidentified location. The angle opens, we move away, and we are set upin the location for the final fight scene, which in its own merits isinteresting enough. So, this was a unique way to actually use anestablishing location, instead of merely showing it. I mean, how manyfilms have shown the Eiffel towers? countless. How many actually useit? not so many. This is one of the best London cities we've seenlately.

    My opinion: 4/5

  7. superflysamurai13 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:58 am

    —–It came as a surprise when Guy Ritchie was chosen as the Directorof 'Sherlock Holmes.' Known primarily for his work on indie crimefilms, such as 'Snatch' or last year's 'RocknRolla,' Ritchie had nevertaken on a mainstream franchise film, the likes of which 'SherlockHolmes' promised to be. Thankfully, Ritchie was able to mesh the twogenres on some level, with his trademark style of film-making everpresent in his latest outing. The result is a film that will surelyprove the most popular take on the character outside of Conan Doyle'soriginal novels, and will also likely spawn a franchise.

    —–Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson have been successfullysolving cases throughout England for years. Their most recent case wasthat of Lord Blackwood, a man who murdered in the name of his blackmagic. Finally hanged for his crimes, it comes as an unpleasantsurprise when he literally rises from his grave. And so it is up toHolmes and Watson to find him and stop him before his killing spreedevours the whole of England.

    —–Robert Downey Jr. is right at home in the role of the infamousdetective. Swapping out futuristic armor for a pipe and fiddle, heplays another character with the wit and confidence of his Tony Starkpersona in 'Iron Man.' This makes sense because, to some degree, whatis 'Sherlock Holmes' if not merely the Tony Stark character set backabout a hundred years? Regardless, Downey Jr. is excellent, providingan effervescent wit and supreme charm to his latest role. Jude Lawplays his right hand man, Dr. John Watson, in a role much smarter thanpast incarnations of the Watson character. The two are more equals thanhero and sidekick, and their chemistry is indelible. Even when thenarrative becomes a bit erratic, the pleasure of seeing the two stars'continuous verbal quarrels is worth the price of admission alone.Together they inspire numerous laughs and clever rebuttals to anunrelenting degree, allowing many of the jokes to pass unrealized,saved for the treat of a second viewing.

    —–'Sherlock Holmes' has a method completely reminiscent of DirectorGuy Ritchie's earlier films. In the style of show first-explain later,Ritchie has effectively applied his trademark fast cuts to the mind ofhis lead protagonist. Much as Watson is often catching up to Holmes'various schemes, so must the audience sit in question for a largeportion of the film, waiting for Holmes to reveal his motivations.Particularly similar to his work on last year's entertaining'RocknRolla,' along with many of his other films, Ritchie takes thefirst hour of his endeavors laying out the dots to be connected in hislengthy but fast-paced crescendo throughout the second half of thefilm. With 'Holmes,' he has compromised nothing, rather managed to finda better balance between build up and climax. With various fistfightintervals dissecting the chaotic mystery, Ritchie keeps the audienceentertained even when they're unsure about the direction of the plot.That being said, many viewers will begin to question their purchasethroughout the films first half hour, as the story puzzles more thanentertains. But rest assured, a satisfying finale follows, with so manypieces coming together that a second viewing is a necessity to begindissecting the intricacies of the case being solved, if that only meansbetter understanding Holmes' course of action.

    —–Visually Ritchie has constructed a film in the shadows, onlyoccasionally getting out into spanning shots of daylight England. This,like the rest of the film, settles into place as the film develops. Hisinfamous lightning cuts allow no slow moments, even when the pace wouldtypically meander in the hands of a lesser Director. Holmes alsoriddles off explanations so rapidly that audiences can hardly pick upon all of what he is saying, or all of the nuanced humor during theinterplay between Watson and him. Unfortunately much of thelaugh-out-loud humor as been divulged in the trailer, but a film shouldnot be penalized for the faults of its advertising campaign. Themusical score is supplemental to the frantic convolutions of the film'searlier scenes, providing a spirited tune that rides the energy offiddling and poses as anything but generic. The locations are likewisesmart, the costumes are admirable, and the effects are gritty, provingto be another benefit of having an indie Director helm an event film.Ultimately there are no blatant shortcuts in the way of computergeneration, only clever sets and a brilliant Art Direction.

    —–'Sherlock Holmes' is refreshingly less conventional than one mightguess, even if some viewers may find themselves a bit lost by Ritchie'sunforgiving cuts and unrelenting energy. It jumps right into the tale,no origins told and no flashbacks necessary, relying on Holmes renownedhistory. Furthermore, many subtle elements of the various characters'past interactions are left for the audience to deduce in the fashion ofSherlock Holmes himself. And while the film may not be the grand epicsome may have hoped for, its sheer entertainment value is undeniable.From the moment the credits roll it's apparent that 'Sherlock Holmes'cannot be full appreciated in one screening, and will likely grow infavor upon further viewings. It further presents itself as a gem ofhome entertainment in the long run, as a film that can be enjoyed onany occasion in any company, even with its hefty two-hour-plus runtime.This is a byproduct of the wonderfully gritty action Ritchie brings tothe tale, and the uncompromising portrayal of the classic characters bythe films superb leads. 'Sherlock Holmes' won't be quite what youexpect, and you may even be dismayed by the films feisty narrativestyle, but more often than not you'll be completely entertained by thecharacters on screen in this fun addition to the loaded Holiday season.

  8. Hesiod from Argentina
    30 Mar 2012, 9:58 am

    Many people complains about the plot being confusing, but I found itvery simple: Two ninjas, Sherlock and Watson (the former said to bevery clever) have a fight each five minutes of the film. In-betweenfights they try to solve a very difficult case about a bad guy (LordBlackwood) that, as Count Dracula, has the power to get into the mindsof the people and make them cause riots and protests everywhere inVictorian London. Although the bad guy’s ambitions are merelypolitical, he also murders women as a hobby and that’s why he iscaptured by the two ninjas, then prosecuted and finally hanged.

    Many people go to see the execution, but nobody (not even the cleverninja) notes that the rope from which the bad guy hangs stays loosearound his neck. The other ninja, said to be a physician, takes thepulse of the corpse directly on the neck, and realizes that the ropedidn’t leave any mark whatsoever in the dead guy’s neck. Admired by howsoft these new ropes are, he says nothing and declares him dead.

    The bad guy wasn’t dead, but he was buried the same under big blocks ofgranite. This was a very hard task because these blocks were actuallyvery small pieces glued together lightly so that the bad guy couldbreak them from the inside of his grave and it must have required quitea lot of people to put these fragile blocks in place so delicately asnot to unglue them. Fortunately for the bad guy no one working at thecemetery noticed this.

    The film goes on very slowly after that. Anything they investigate isimmediately followed by a long fight.

    Very often Conan Doyle writes about cases that although they looksupernatural at the beginning, a sound and rational explanation isprovided at the end.

    Guy Ritchie decides to change this tedious scheme, so that a crescendois built till the last frame. To achieve this Guy Ritchie applies therule that if a case looks supernatural, the explanation should be moresupernatural than the case itself.

    So, at the end, we are faced with magical substances (that couldn’t befound till now even in the Pandora moon) like a kind of clear, odorlessliquid, that people take as water, which ignites readily and violentlywith just a spark, distilled cyanhydric acid that kills much betterthan the relatively pure counterpart so easy to obtain, an antidotethanks to which you can breathe hydrogen cyanide with no ill effects,small sized remote controls made in 1880, and many, many more. Noridicule is spared in explaining what has happened and how.

    Such a display of fantasy for nothing; at the end the clever ninjacannot explain how the bad guy managed to get into the minds of thepeople and organize riots telepathically. Maybe there was also amagical gas that was released by the bad guy and caused this, butunfortunately this is not shown in the film.

  9. Potty-Man from Israel
    30 Mar 2012, 9:58 am

    What a ride. "Sherlock Holmes" left me giddy. I absolutely loved it. Itwas thrilling, funny, stylish, fast-paced and brilliantly acted.

    Downey Jr. is a delight to look at. He eats up the screen. He gives thecharacter all sorts of mannerisms and nuances which really bring Holmesto life like never before. The chemistry and interplay between him andJude Law is hilarious.

    I wasn't a big fan of Rachel McAdams's performance, but it didn'tdetract from the experience. I felt she just didn't bring as much tothe table as the others. (Kinda like Katie Holmes in Batman Begins.)

    Guy Ritchie really outdoes himself here. The way he uses the camera,the motion, the fluidity, the snappy pacing – I loved every minute ofit.

    A really fantastic movie. Well done.

  10. OnFireJC from CA, United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:58 am

    Opening on Christmas Day, Sherlock Holmes showed itself to be worthy asa blockbuster hit. To be frank, I came with an expectation that themovie would be terrible. But I was proved wrong.

    Sherlock Holmes seems to be like the new James Bond: gritty, hardcore,and always ready for a good fight. He is not only intellectuallysophisticated but also quite a brawler. Watson his side kick who is hisloyal friend is always there to save his dear partner from harm's way.Irene plays the notorious thief and lover of Mr. Holmes. She is a wilycharacter who keeps the reader guessing her motives.

    The cinematography of the movie was special because it showed parts ofthe film as Holmes' future logical deductions. The movie also used thetradition method of explaining the Sherlock Holmes deductions aftergiven the facts and clues.

    Sherlock Holmes' evil nemesis play his part well. There were manyhumorous antics and displays of ingenious traps. The other minorcharacters also added to the crude humor and laughter.

    Overall, this movie deserves to be watched. It comes with sparkles ofspontaneity and fun. And it may even leave you wanting a sequel! Giveit a try!

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