“Sherlock Holmes” is just fun
to watch. Sure, Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle’s famous detective has already been done many times.
But not by Robert Downey, Jr. He
adds his fiery, restless energy to a part that could easily have turned
fuddy-duddy in the hands of a more laid-back actor.
The case is a dark one, dabbling in the occult: a nefarious, conscienceless member of Parliament heads a secret society that thinks of itself as smarter and better-equipped to govern than everybody else (a blatant prejudice that would be laughable, except they’re deadly serious). Already, five have died, and they intend for the body count to escalate dramatically.
Holmes is part recluse, part scholar, part scientist, part pugilist:
Yes, he indulges in bare-knuckled boxing in the dark alleyways of
Other than that little tension between Watson and Holmes, they’re a perfect pairing. They both love solving the puzzle of a mystery, but at the same time, are quite comfortable with the physical danger, even violence, that often accompanies the pursuing of the bad guys. Lots of harrowing escapes, reversals of fortune, clues doled out abundantly enough to include both real and false leads: just the kind of case the amateur sleuths out there will enjoy vicariously solving.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church,