This is the final of 12 films that I was “forced” to watch by my fellow bloggers who participated in my Blogiversary Contest last month. This movie was the 5th and final one chosen by the winner SG. Tnx for the suggestion. Let’s see what I thought of it….
Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 May 2016)
Brief Synopsis – As Watson’s impending engagement gets closer, he and Holmes must find a way to stop leaders of a cult trying to take over England.
My Take on it – I have been a fan of Sherlock Holmes’ adventures ever since I was a kid.
That being said, I’m quite surprised that I missed seeing both this and its sequel and I’m glad SG forced me to watch this one.
The story laid out here is actually quite interesting and engaging and entails many of the known information about Holmes and Watson and they even add in a few obscure references here and there.
I liked how they take the time to visually show us how Holmes’ deductive reasoning mind works.
Lots of fun dialogue makes this great to watch because they are able to lower the amount of seriousness by adding in a bit of humor now and again.
The casting of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are definitely interesting ones, and as good as they both are, unfortunately neither of them is able to hold up a candle to the work done by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the modern day adaptation TV movies over the past few years.
Downey Jr. is able to make the jokes work despite the British accent not really suiting him well enough.
Bottom Line – Interesting and engaging story that takes its time showing us how Holmes’ deductive reasoning mind works. Downey Jr. And Law are good but still no match for Cumberbatch or Freeman. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film depicts Watson pressing Holmes to meet his fiancée, Mary Morstan; Holmes is reluctant to do so. In the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Morstan is introduced as a client (in the novel “The Sign of Four”). She and Watson fall in love while he assists Holmes in her case, and he proposes to her at the end of the novel. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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