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December 30, 2009 / Don Sanders

Sherlock Holmes

In the mood for a fun, clean, intellectual, but rather violent holiday break?  If so, get your ticket to Sherlock Holmes.  Having never read one of the books by Doyle, here’s what I know about Mr. Holmes.  He’s English, a detective, and the old TV movies give him a really goofy hat.  Other than that, I went in with a clean slate expecting a great late night thrill ride.  And that’s exactly what I got.

The dialogue is fact paced, dry, witty, and fun.  The acting is very good (although I really didn’t track on why the girl was in the film other than the obvious reasons) and Downey really bring a lot of humor to the role.  The visuals of late 18th century London are stunning and the plot, unlike a Bourne movie, is pretty easy to follow, and they set up the sequel very well.

I cannot recall any bad language and only one sexually suggestive scene, which is pretty mild.  The best part of the movie is that the intellectual side of crime solving is in the forefront.  You might even call this CSI, only a century earlier. 

Overall, it’s everything a good action movie should be.  Have fun!

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