Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sherlock Holmes

Medium : English
Starring : Robert Downey Jn, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
Director : Guy Ritchie
Music : Hans Zimmer

I am not an active reader of English books, but due to my key interest in detective subje
cts, as anybody, I have gone through a few stories of Sherlock Holmes. The famous detective character and his stories, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the 18th century, is always a reference for any person in the movie industry, while creating investigative subjects also. Holmes is notable for finding a solution for extreme difficult cases through his key observation and sensible forensic skills. His companion, Dr.Watson is an important character in such stories.

Now, Holmes is once again in the news, as a movie has been made on such a character, the name being 'Sherlock Holmes'. Robert Downey Jn, who did the 'Iron Man' series, is coming in the title character and Jude Law is being placed as Dr.Watson. It is directed by Guy Ritchie. Though, I heard that many films have been made by placing Holmes as the central character, this is the first time I am getting a chance to watch one of them.

The film opens by showing Holmes helping the police to capture the black magician, Lord Blackwood. When found guilty, the latter one is hanged to death. After few days, it was found that the particular person is alive and he is planning to emerge as the biggest power, with the help of black magic techniques. He is seeking the company of few members from the parliament, for this purpose. Holmes is conducting investigation and he finds the cause of deaths happened in between and its connection with the particular case. In the climax, the truth is being found after Holmes giving explanations for each and every incidents happened in the case.

As the story happens i
n the old Britain, the director had succeeded in recreating such an atmosphere, with the help of the art department, costumes and the visual effects sequences, (few problems happened in the fights sequences at end can be omitted). The cinematography and the background score are the other notable areas. Our impression regarding the central character, Sherlock Holmes, will be lost once the movie started rolling. In my mind, Homes is a serious person, who uses his brain to solve the cases. Here the director had given some heroism to this character, as a result he is acrobatic and he even fights against the villains using his own techniques. Anyway, it is the creator's liberty to mold a fictional character, but sometimes that can have an adverse effect on the audiences. A personal complaint, the creators should have used cinema scope lenses to make the film, I prefer full screen in place of the 20% dark spaces left on either side of the visuals.

The movie 'Sherlock Holmes' is not a genuine portrait of its literary work. But, you can watch it as an investigation subject with a different treatment, where the suspense is revealed scientifically.

Rating : 7 / 10

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