2nd smartest move from Guy Ritchie
First of, I hope you had a great Christmas and a happy new year, and secondly, your ain't doing justice to yourself unless you watch Sherlock Holmes.
This is the last film of the Decade, a role which is better off going towards avatar I say, as Avatar boasts a change of the way films are made. This has nothing like that up it's sleeves. What you could say is that it changes nothing, it has nothing new towards. But nothings "new" in cinema nowadays, everything has something from something else. What this does have though, is engaging characters, charm and wit, a smart script and just the overall sense of fun and adventure that every similar films should celebrate.
It's mainly due to the main actors Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law that carries the film, Downey is very eccentric and crazy as Holmes (also donning a pretty good British accent as well) as Law is the one who holds the lead of Downey's Holmes and keeps him in control, while Holmes manges to keep a grip round Watson making him unwillingly following him around. The film plays with who is in control. Law, arguable, is doing the same he's done in most movie, which makes him perfectly casted here, the banter between him and Downey is great and they both have a good sense of timing. Mark Strong is a decent but forgettable baddie and Rachel Mcadams is a bit poo.
The scripting is perfect, it exactly how you would picture Sherlock Holmes to talk like, they really make the character believable and quite the genius bad ass, and as I said before, the banter is excellent. The humor is very funny and razor sharp.
The story is quite frankly daft, but it still has that mystery that the film needs, and is crafted so well. The pacing is great, it's never slow nor to fast. There's never an action scene out of place, it's all there to add to the plot.
If there was any problem with it, the CGI is quite ropey, not the films strong point, and definitely not something you should brag about in it trailers, like it has been. But that's the only problem I can think of, that and the fact it is left open for a sequel, which I won't say it's a huge cliffhanger, but it does make the premise to the next film wafer thin.
I think this the film I will compare this to is the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, it's daft and silly, but it has a great sense of adventure and fun, and the film is not scared to play with that. Sherlock Holmes is a smart film, as it knows what it needs to be great, it has all the right ingredients to make a fun and adventurous film, and to still maintain everything that makes Sherlock Holmes great, but make it more accessible and fun.