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Sherlock Holmes Review

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

My rating 2.5 Stars

I know little of the Sherlock Holmes story and the little I do know comes from brief reenactments of the crew of the starship Enterprise from the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation. I know, I know, that is pretty pathetic, but I never claimed to have been well read. I also have never really been interested in such things like: period criminal investigations. I guess my problem is that I like technology and the primitive methods used to solve crimes back in the days really turn me off. However, as I age and grow tired of the same old drama day in and day out I have developed a thirst for something different. Perhaps in time I will find an interest in the story of Sherlock Holmes, I just won’t hold my breath!

So not knowing much of the character, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Sherlock Holmes movie. I have to be honest and I must confess that the portrayal of Holmes in the Star Trek series didn’t leave me with much desire to get to know the character. I had hoped that the character in the movie be more to my liking; it wasn’t. I hope to God that the character that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created in his writings is nowhere near as boring as the one played by Robert Downey. That’s right, the character of Holmes as portrayed in this movie was as interesting and as exciting as drying cement. I’ve always been a fan of Mr. Downey; I think he is a great and talented actor, however something tells me that maybe he wasn’t the right choice for this role; either that or the screenwriter didn’t do the part justice. I found this Holmes to be two dimensional, dull and predictable and since the movie was all about Sherlock Holmes it took me right out of the movie.

Or maybe, just maybe, the real problem falls on the character of Sherlock Holmes who doesn’t really lend itself to the idea of a good character. Seriously, what is so special about a man who knows everything? What is so special about a person who has all of the answers? Where is the conflict? Where is the mystery? There is none, because we all know that Sherlock Holmes holds the answer. He has the mystery solved before it has a chance to take hold in the audiences mind. While this idea may have been incredibly exotic to the 1880’s audience, I am afraid that with today’s audience we have realized that such concepts are preposterous, unrealistic and boring. In my opinion that sort of nonsense are the makings of children stories or comic books like Superman or any other host of perfect superheroes. A story where there is no chance for the hero to fail is no story at all. It isn’t interesting and it’s not worth seeing. As people often say, “Nobody likes a smart ass!”

However, the film did have some good moments. It is undeniably that it was beautifully shot. It was very artistic and beautiful and enchanting. Unfortunately, like staring at a well painted wall after a few minutes of looking at, you realize that it’s just a wall and it will do nothing for you. So your obvious reaction is to walk away and put the wall behind you never to think about it again; just like this film. While it looks stunning it does absolutely nothing to keep your interests and therefore it’s forgettable and nothing to write home about.

The Young Victoria Review

My rating 4 Stars
I don’t normally like period pieces like The Young Victoria, but I must say, I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. Perhaps it can all be attributed to Emily Blunt’s performance which was wonderful, pure genius. She was stunningly beautiful and played her part flawlessly. She is quite the thespian. I have come to respect and admire her work immensely and I now look forward to films that star with her. I have yet to see a movie in which she stars that I did not enjoy in one way or another. I will admit I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this one, but thank God that my initial judgment was dead wrong.

To complement Blunt’s performance the movie also boasted a great story, marvelous sets, and gorgeous costumes. It is very obvious when you watch this film that the makers of it poured their hearts and souls to make this film look as splendid as it could be. Of course without the right person to capture the beauty of all of these elements, this movie could have easily fallen short. Thankfully, the cinematography was stunning, interesting and unique; it was pure nirvana for the senses of sight. Hagen Bogdanski used the camera in ways I have never seen before and I loved it. It made the movie even more enjoyable. I thought his use of focus and jump cuts were brilliant and brave. This is an excellent film that can be enjoyed by anyone, even if you’re not a fan of period pieces, I did. Bravo!

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