Top positive review
An artistically flawed Sherlock Holmes -- quite fun!
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2020
This film version of Sherlock Holmes is a prime example of film as an art. From the lively, quick-moving camera work that dances around a mysterious plot, to the beautiful sprinkling of graphic design touches in the titles and end credits – Sherlock Holmes is an artistic expression of film magic. I didn't think I was going to like this film -- but, I loved it.
Sherlock Holmes, in this film version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous fictional detective series, is a deliciously flawed man. How refreshing. If anything I hated about the usual Holmes character was that he was always so stinking perfect. The irony of Holmes desperately trying to stop his longtime sidekick Dr. Watson from marrying while brilliantly solving a criminal crisis is a stiff upper lip hoot. The lightening fast dialogue, plot and camera shots -- well now, you better sit up and pay attention or you're likely to miss something, unlike Sherlock Holmes, who doesn't miss a clue.
This is a fun film and a delightful departure from the usual stoic Sherlock Holmes adaptations. This is not your typical Sherlock Holmes tale -- hurrah!