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Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of the $80 million movie

  • Sara Veal

    CONTRIBUTOR

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 3 2010   /  04:02 pm

Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is a shambles - badly directed, nonsensical and far too long. It's made tolerable by the reliably charismatic Robert Downey Jr., decent support from Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, gorgeous set design and a smattering of incongruently polished sequences. I wanted to love Sherlock Holmes, I really did. Downey Jr. seemed spot-on casting for the offbeat detective, Law looked debonair as a not-so-bumbling Watson, and the trailers were packed with hilarity and action. It looked set to be a reinvigorating adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved series, delivering the concept to a new audience while satisfying the old faithful, akin to Batman Begins. Sadly, this is one of those unfortunate (and deceitful) cases where all the film's best moments are in the trailer, depriving the audience of fresh laughs. Besides these comic snippets, it's no...