Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes review

You know what that fine, upstanding, famously congenial Baker Street detective needs, don’t you? That’s right! A healthy dose of violence! Yeah!

Lock, Stock and One Snatching Guy Ritchie directs a much bigger, grander, more commercial project than he’s used to and, y’know, even with the forced ingredient of mad violence to action it up a bit, it’s OK.

Robert Downey Jnr. is OK, Jude Law’s OK, the other OK actors are, well, OK. The special effects? They’re OK. Even the contrived story is OK. Ish. The backdrop of late nineteenth century London is OK. Perhaps even a little bit more than OK. But it’s certainly at least OK.

It’s a little bit silly but the light-hearted film knows it and gives the viewer a ride with no pretensions. It’s as forgettable as an especially average, inconspicuous pigeon walking around a tropical bird exhibition in Trafalgar Square but there’s a lot of daft fun involved and it’s rather enjoyable as a result.

3 out of 5

2nd Jan 2010 | Official site | On IMDb