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SHERLOCK HOLMES non-spoiler review

January 3rd, 2010 (02:48 pm)


I'm in the rarity: I didn't much like it. Jude Law was a great Watson, and Downey was quite good as Sherlock Holmes (in particular, he nailed the way Holmes goes into a dreamy state making his deductions, which pleased me no end because no other adaptation has really done much with that, which is one of my favorite Holmes tics), but the case wasn't worthy of the characters and I wasn't wild about Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler. The sets were too huge, too sprawling, too lush; they didn't work to draw me into the story (as did AVATAR's CGstravaganza), but pushed me out of it (as did PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN III's final swordfight, during a ship battle, inside a giant whirlpool) -- the story wasn't gripping enough, so it felt like the money was being spent in an effort to make up for it.

It was just... meh. I get the feeling that I'd have liked it if I were a slasher, because pretty much every scene had Holmes and Watson exchanging innuendoes, but while in recent years I am increasingly inclined to wonder if Doyle were hinting at Holmes being secretly gay and drawn to an oblivious Watson, I don't share the "It's Better If They're Fucking" worldview. I think the characters are awesome! I am there to watch them being awesome! This was... just okay.

I did really like the little filmmaking tricks to show Holmes's process of thought, and the going back to show what was going on in previous scenes, and Holmes's first pursuit of Irene Adler was *great.* But it was all too uneven for me, and even the heights failed to rise to what I'd hoped for.


Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)

Oh boy. You've pointed out everything I was afraid I'd see with this movie other than say, getting Watson's characterization totally wrong by relying on the normal media version of him as the muttering bumbling fatso. Now I'm not sure I want to go see it. But I still do want to see it, because well, I'm a hardcore fan, and it would feel weird not going to see it.

I actually agree with you on Holmes slash, believe it or not (I know, I know, I'm like, the slashiest slash fangirl ever). I do think Holmes did have a thing for Watson, but Watson, being who he was, was pretty oblivious to it beyond the friendship - thus the fuck filled nights of passion that people want to happen never did. Holmes was pretty much against romance and love anyway, as a rule, and hell, not exactly the most cuddly bunny emotionally when it came to friendships either. That he might have warmed significantly after retirement, as the radio series seems to suggest, is not out of the question. But during the Baker Street days, beyond some meaningful glances, and some snide comments, I doubt there would have been much more.

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