Robert Downey Jnr is a Shocking Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Sherlock Holmes is Guy Ritchie’s 2009 adaptation of classic literature’s fictional detective of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The film stars Robert Downey Jnr. as the famous detective and Jude Law as his trusted friend and confidant, Dr. John Watson.
The screenplay was written by Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg and is based on story by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson.
The film is set in 19th century London and begins with Holmes and Watson in time to prevent a ritual murder by Lord Henry Blackwood (Mark Strong), a practitioner of the black arts, and the member of a secret cult.
As he is about to be executed for his crimes three months later, Blackwood curses and vows to come back from the grave. Three days later, his body is gone and people start dying under mysterious circumstances.
This film, although a great story, has too many defects including Downey Jnr.’s terrible English accent and his style of fighting. Sherlock Homles is supposed to ‘have some knowledge of Baritsu (a form of Japanese self defence). However, during fight scenes, Holmes uses the system of Wing Chun (a Chinese form of boxing); which also creates disharmony in the film’s historical accuracy.
The system of Wing Chun was thought to the public in the 1940s by Yip Man.
There is also too much violence, more than Doyle had imagined for Holmes. Also, the character’s attire and facial feature are of no resemblance to his creation.
The lighting used in the film is too ominous and dark giving the impression of a more supernatural rather than crime mystery film.
For the strict Holmesian, this film should be avoided and for those who actually thought the film was good, it would be better to read the stories before giving judgement.
The story was entertaining but the lighting and actors would have been done better.