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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

15:07 Wed 30th Jun 2010 |

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most iconic figures in the literary world. He was the creation of Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and is as popular today as ever. There have been many films, series and remakes of the original stories and this new addition to the family by Guy Ritchie does not fail to please.

After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again.

Robert Downey Jr. is maybe not the Holmes you expect but almost everything he does and says comes straight from the original stories, and he does a terrific job of inhabiting the mannerisms and foibles of the greatest fictional detective there has ever been. Too often the part of Dr Watson has been portrayed as a somewhat bumbling stooge but Jude Law gives us a capable and resourceful Watson who's much more than a sidekick or a buffoon.

The film is true to the original stories, however, it is alleged that Guy Ritchie banned the use of a deerstalker and the phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson” as soon as he was signed up for the film.

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