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If you haven't seen it yet...

We went to see the Robert Downey/Jude Law Sherlock Holmes this evening. I thought it was reasonably well done, though of course it emphasizes elements of the Holmes canon that most depictions gloss over.

Short takes: The music was lovely; the villain was nicely, but appropriately villainous, and Watson wasn't a moron. I think that the fight scenes were overemphasized, but had their moments. And I feel sorry for either Rachel McAdams or her director -- but I haven't seen her in anything else, so I can't jump either way. But Guy Richie needs a native speaker of English with a bludgeon to keep him from insisting on overdone American accents.

Larger picture: Those of you who hated the film -- and I know you're out there -- what did you dislike? And of what you disliked -- how much of that is in the canon anyway?

Date: 2010-01-26 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maverick-weirdo.livejournal.com
I went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised

I was extremely grateful that at no point in the movie did the villians kidnap or threaten Mary Morstan.

I especially liked the Constable Clark character.

Date: 2010-01-27 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] victorthecook.livejournal.com
Yes -- and nobody had to rescue Irene Adler. A huge win for modern cinema. OK -- for that, I can even forgive the outrageous American accents. Thanks for pointing it out.

Date: 2010-01-27 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greatblueheron.livejournal.com
I enjoyed it a lot, and it felt true to what I remember of the stories. I also liked the way it essentially Scooby Doo'ed the villain* after keeping you wondering the whole film about whether it was going to go all mystic.

*As in "Wait! That's not a ghost! That's just old Mr. Jenkins in a costume!"

Date: 2010-01-27 08:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] victorthecook.livejournal.com
I kept worrying that they were going to go all mystic, especially when Holmes started drawing pentagrams and stuff. So yes, it was a huge relief when they finished up without blowing it.

Date: 2010-02-04 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allenw01234.livejournal.com
[frm LJS] I liked it. I think Allen did as well. I too went in with low expectations and expected to loate it as much as, say League of Extraordianry Gentlemen. For the most part, it worked for me.

But have you seen Avatar yet? (If not, IMAX 3D is the way to go.)

Date: 2010-02-04 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] victorthecook.livejournal.com
I haven't seen Avatar.

I swore a mighty oath after Terminator 2000 that I wouldn't go to any movie that was praised for its special effects first. So unless I start reading wildly different reviews of Avatar, I'm never ever going to see it.

Date: 2010-02-04 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allenw01234.livejournal.com
[frm LJS] It is better than Terminator 3. Yes, I know that is damning with faint praise. (I skipped the most recent Terminator, so can't compare that one.) The FX are amazing, which is a good reason to spend the extra money for IMAX 3D. I liked the characters and honestly got involved with them by the end. Which is a plus. The plot...very straightforward. If you saw Dances with Wolves (another film with very nice visuals), you've seen this plot before. But 2 out of 3 isn't bad at all.

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