in about 100 words or less
USA, UK 128m, Colour
Director: Guy Ritchie; Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong
This latest re-imagining of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is not only entertaining for its murder mysteries, its witty dialogue and interesting characters, but it also provides a timely social commentary on the power of fear and its use for political purposes. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law provide the most complex and memorable portrayals of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the history of their portrayal on film. Their performances breathe new life into some of cinema’s most well-worn and often dull characters. Great costuming and set design, not to mention some stunning pyrotechnic effects and camera work only serve to enhance this excellent adaptation (Klaus Ming January 2010).