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Movie Review: "Sherlock Holmes" (2009)

Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing video games.

"Sherlock Holmes" (2009) blu-ray cover.

"Sherlock Holmes" (2009) blu-ray cover.

Quick Info

Director: Guy Ritchie
Distributor: Warner Bros. Studios
Released: March 30th, 2010
Availability: On 4K blu-ray, blu-ray, DVD, and digital streaming on Netflix and HBOMax

Story Summary

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson stop a murderer named Lord Blackwood. What seems like the end of a case leads to a series of strange events that lead to a bigger mystery.

It's a "Modern" Take on Sherlock Holmes That's a Period Piece

This is a modern interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, it’s written in a way that a modern viewer can enjoy. It’s Sherlock and Watson presented in a fun and entertaining way that makes the characters enjoyable gives them a fun dynamic and they’re both entertaining characters that are competent. Watson isn’t just following Holmes around and being amazed at his deductions compared to other portrayals.

The movie shows how Sherlock Holmes tends to predict what his opponents will do and it’s a fun aspect of the movie that I liked.

The characters have a great dynamic that I found entertaining. It’s fun to watch Sherlock and Watson bounce off each other, their relationship and interactions make the movie entertaining. The movie has a great dynamic between Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler as well.

SHerlock investigates a mystery.

SHerlock investigates a mystery.

Sherlock Holmes (2009) Official Trailer #1

The Visual Effects Are Nice

The visual effects are very good and I liked them in the movie. It wasn’t too obvious when they use CGI for the effects but the movie is stylized and you can get away with using CGI and it won’t look too obvious.

The stunts are very well done and the fights are exciting to watch in the film.

I liked the visual effects of Sherlock Holmes and the movie looks excellent. I like the aesthetics of the setting and it’s a visually entertaining movie.

The Acting Is Great!

Robert Downey Jr. Did a great job as Sherlock Holmes. He plays a very quirky version of Sherlock Holmes, and while I haven’t consumed a lot of Sherlock Holmes media, he is an enjoyable and entertaining version of the character.

His acting is great and is vastly different than his acting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character he’s portraying is very different from Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Jude Law as is fun and entertaining as Dr. John Watson. What makes him so entertaining is that he plays off Holmes as the straight man to the eccentric Sherlock Holmes. He is entertaining to watch and I liked his performance in this movie.

Mark Strong gave a good performance as Lord Henry Blackwood. He’s an interesting character and he’s a great character as a foil for Sherlock Holmes. He might not be the best Sherlock Holmes villain but he’s still an entertaining one.

Rachel McAdams is fun as Irene Adler. She’s also a great foil for Holmes’ character. She’s a great contrast to Holmes and how she uses her intelligence to outwit him.

The acting from the cast is great and I enjoyed the movie a lot. They’re all very excellent actors and keep me invested and entertained by the movie. I enjoyed the actors in this movie and they made it a lot of fun to watch.


The Soundtrack Is Good!

Hans Zimmer composed a good score for Sherlock Holmes. It might not be his most amazing score, but I enjoyed it and it was a fun score for an entertaining mystery movie. It’s a nice score that sets the mood for the tone and atmosphere of the movie.

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The soundtrack is fun and exciting and I enjoy the music for this movie. It’s a fun soundtrack that is enjoyable but not my favorite soundtrack.

Sherlock Holmes in a fist fight.

Sherlock Holmes in a fist fight.

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The Movie Drags at Times

The movie drags a little in the middle and it does feel like the movie is too long at times, but it eventually picks up again, but it is somewhat annoying. The pacing is slow at times but the movie’s still okay, it does feel like the movie could be more exciting when the pacing slows.

The slow pacing can make the movie feel boring because it’s usually having a character explain what’s going on to the audience using visuals and dialogue for exposition.

The "Pop Culture" Adaptation of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes (2009) is a fun, pop culture version of Sherlock Holmes and it feels like it’s been updated to appeal to a modern audience while keeping the look of the period. While it's not the same as the other modern version of the character, I still enjoyed watching this version of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

This is a fresh, modern take on these characters that’s not a setting update that makes the stories feel different because they’re in a modern setting and not their original setting.

I like having the old setting with the modern flair when it comes to the character portrayal because it makes the characters likable and easier to understand while defying normal character stereotypes when it comes to Sherlock and Watson.

I like how modernizing how the characters talk made them easier to understand when it comes to Sherlock’s explanations of what’s going on.

It’s a fun popcorn flick that I enjoyed in theaters and I enjoyed rewatching it on Netflix.

It's a Fun Mystery Movie

I enjoyed Sherlock Holmes (2009). The story is fun and entertaining. I like how the characters are portrayed and I like the action sequences in the movie. I thought the mystery was interesting and the movie kept my attention the entire time.

I also liked the acting and the soundtrack. The movie was different from the movies that I normally watch and I enjoyed the movie.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Good story, characters, and world-bulding

The pacing drags during the film

Good visual effects

Good acting

Good soundtrack

My Grade: B+

Sherlock Holmes (2009) is a modern take on classic literature’s most famous detective, and while it might not be a complete book accurate version of the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it’s still a fun and entertaining interpretation of the character and it’s not as jarring like the BBC’s Sherlock series that updated the setting to modern day.

I like the movie a lot and I enjoyed watching it, it’s not my favorite movie but I enjoyed seeing it in the movie theater, I went because I like Robert Downey Jr.’S acting. I watched it again and I meant to write a review but I got sidetracked, I saw it was on Netflix so I watched the movie again.

I have watched the film three times and I’ve enjoyed it even if it’s not one of my favorites.

I do recommend watching it on streaming if you want to see it because it does move around between different streaming services.

I don’t feel that it’s a must-buy, but I do think it’s a fun movie, and it’s also very affordable on blu-ray, either in 4K or a normal blu-ray. It’s also available on DVD and it’s an entertaining interpretation of the classic characters. Although it’s presented in a modern way, it’s still a lot of fun to watch.

You don’t need to buy it but you should watch Sherlock Holmes (2009), it’s a fun movie that I enjoy and while it’s not perfect, I think that fans of the characters will enjoy it, it might not be a completely faithful adaptation, but it’s just a fun mystery movie with interesting characters that you’ll enjoy. Fans that like Sherlock Holmes will enjoy this interpretation of the character.

I like the movie and it’s very fun, but it’s not one that I have to buy and you should see if your local library has it to borrow before you decide if you want to own the movie.

I recommend watching the movie if you feel you’ll enjoy it. I reccommend this movie and I’m looking forward to watching the sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2012).

My Rating

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