Sherlock Holmes

Title: Sherlock Holmes
Year: 2009
Length: 128 minutes
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writers: Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham & Simon Kinberg; story by Lionel Wigram & Johnson; characters by Arthur Conan Doyle
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong
Music: Hans Zimmer
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Score and Best Art Direction

My reaction
Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes finds badguys by looking at clues, and punches people
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Concept: Good.
Story: Bad. There’s no mystery, and the subplot of Watson getting married made me want to throw things at the television.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Indifferent. A frustrating mix of great Sherlock Holmes-type lines and horrible action movie nonsense.
Pacing: Bad. Exhausting.
Cinematography: Terrible. It tries so very, very hard. And it won’t let me watch the movie.
Special effects/design: Bad. I felt like I was watching a video game.
Acting: Indifferent. Downey is probably great. I don’t know; the camera never stops long enough for me to see anything. Law makes Watson seem like a douchebag. McAdams is grating.
Music: Indifferent.
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent). I didn’t have any fun.
Objective Rating: 1.7/4 (Eh).


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