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It's been out for about a year now. Have you seen and what do you think of the movie Sherlock Holmes?

Asked by GracieT (7390points) November 20th, 2010

I saw it, but didn’t really like it because it wasn’t really like the way the character was originally conceived. If you did, what did you think? If not, why not?

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syz's avatar

I enjoyed the movie, but only because I was able to accept that it had nothing to do with the writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

muppetish's avatar

I saw the film over the holiday last year with my family. It was a good film to watch together (adventurous and amusing, a bit visually cluttered, and lacking in interesting female characters, but pleasant overall.) It was a fun movie, a trifle campy and with pleasing eye candy. It’s certainly not my favourite incarnation of the detective, but I did not go to the theater expecting to see the Sherlock and Watson from my imagination.

It’s unlikely that I will watch the second film in theaters, but I will probably rent in from RedBox or Netflix whenever it is released on DVD.

Now the second series of BBC’s Sherlock… that’s another story! :)

mrentropy's avatar

I thought it was fun. In the same way that League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was. I don’t read Doyle and rarely watch Sherlock Holmes-based movies, so it was the first one that I saw where Mr Holmes fought.

marinelife's avatar

I enjoyed it. I especially liked the characterization of Watson.

Tuesdays_Child's avatar

It was good if you can accept the complete departure from Doyle’s Holmes.

filmfann's avatar

It was Holmes changed into House, then back into Holmes.
Sherlock was never so physical, and I didn’t care for that. The movie is a bit of fun, but I didn’t like it enough to get it on DVD.

KatawaGrey's avatar

I hated it. It was boring, had many fewer action sequences than promised, and Holmes had a kind of smug arrogance about him that didn’t suit the character either the book character or the film character at all. I did, however, like that Watson had backbone in the movie, something he seems to lack a lot in the books.

janbb's avatar

A decent enough buddy movie and fun Victoriana but I was dismayed at the travesty it made of the Holmesian tradition.

faye's avatar

I liked it just for for fun. They didn’t keep to the books for sure but i agree about eye candy.

seazen's avatar

I was disappointed.

aprilsimnel's avatar

It was the filmic equivalent of a Kit-Kat bar. Contrived, consumable, but ultimately forgettable. After all, do you recall the best Kit-Kat you ever ate, or the feast at Grandma’s? Similarly, I recall Brazil with appreciation and thoughtfulness on its themes, whereas when watching Sherlock Holmes, I was counting how many times there was Ho-Yay! in the scenes (and kind of waiting for Jude and Robert to somehow make out).

syz's avatar

^ Yes, the whole manly love theme was interesting.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I liked it. I learned a long time ago not to expect a movie to be like any book it may or may not have been based off of because you will be disappointed majority of the time if you do. Instead, I always look at movies as standing alone and unrelated to the books.

MacBean's avatar

“Sherlock was never so physical”

So… Am I the only one who ever remembers that Holmes was trained in boxing, martial arts, fencing and sword-fighting? Conan Doyle’s canon doesn’t show it much (I assume because Holmes is a bit older in canon) but it’s mentioned. So what fun would it be to make an adaptation where he’s younger and doesn’t use those skills? Boooooring!

Anyway, I liked it enough to pirate it so I can watch it when I’m in the mood for eye candy and an adrenaline rush. It’s not great cinema or anything. It’s just fun.

(And I can’t wait for the sequel. SO HAPPY with the casting of Mycroft and Moriarty. SO SO HAPPY.)

muppetish's avatar

@MacBean Oh fuck a duck, it slipped my mind that Fry was cast as Mycroft! Guess I will be seeing it in theaters after all :)

aprilsimnel's avatar

@muppetish – Yeah, right? Man.

OK, SH2 will be the equivalent of a burger at Corner Bistro.

mrentropy's avatar

Indeed. Holmes was quite adept at Bartitsu.

MacBean's avatar

@muppetish FRYCROFT. WHEEEEEE!!!

SamIAm's avatar

I am not very good at watching movies but for some reason I really enjoyed Sherlock Holmes! I knew nothing of the story line and don’t care much for action movies but thought it was enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised :)

lifeflame's avatar

I enjoyed it. I loved the crazy world they inhabited in.
Would you call it steampunk?

Usually I find the choreography of Western combat terribly unsubtle compared to Asian martial art, but this was surprisingly fresh. I also liked the rapport between Jude Law and Robert Downing Jr.

Winters's avatar

I thought it was an interesting take on the duo, true it was only Sherlock Holmes in name, but for the sake of entertainment it was definitely a good flick.

camertron's avatar

Entirely boring and predictable. Really not much imagination in the storyline and Homes was far too arrogant. Also, the sets were all really dark and visually unappealing. Ultimately forgettable.

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