Those Bad Ass Baker Street Boyz

So I went and saw ‘Sherlock Holmes’.

Not bad at all. Not the kind of script I was expecting, Rob Downey Jnr was awesome, again (when was the last time RDJ didn’t rock?), and while it wasn’t mind-numbingly brilliant, it was a fun 2 hours. Can’t ask for too much more than that.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, this has been touted as a verrrrrryyy different Sherlock Holmes than you may have seen before. All that gentility, a stodgy hat and level-headed sleuthing has been replaced by S. Holmes: Martial Artist and All Round Bad Ass.

Is he still the world’s greatest detective? Of course. But now the bad guys have to be extra careful or they may detect a big Sherlock right hand breaking their mother f’n jaw!

The film’s essentially used the exact same marketing campaign that was so successful for J.J Abrams ‘Star Trek’ last year. That being…

THIS AIN’T YOUR DADDY’S SHERLOCK HOLMES!

Ohhhh yeahhhhhhh! Holmes is off the hook now! He experiments (scientifically, I assure you) on his bulldog. He boxes olde timey style for money. He can throw together a disguise like nobodies business. He’s a man’s man!

NO, THIS AIN’T YOUR QUIRKY UNCLE’S SHERLOCK HOLMES!

Oh, and Watson… ex-military man, possessor of one suave mustache and an ass kicker now to boot! He’s engaged to a pretty lady sure, but that’s not gonna stand in the way of his 2009-style Holmes Bromance (Homance?) Plus, I almost forgot; a super hot, young American ex-girlfriend? Holmes has got one of them too! Holmes-boy, all the way!

Outwitting an evil master-mind, corrupt politicians, the police, the devious ex-GF crim… all in a days work for THIS Sherlock.

IT’S NOT YOUR LITTLE SISTER’S SHERLOCK HOLMES NEITHER!

Have I gone too far?

I don’t know, maybe I’m just old-fashioned, in that I don’t resent my father or his taste. Weird huh. Plus I still think Basil Rathbone was a pimp mofo.

Far be it from me to tell anyone how to market a $100 million + film., but perhaps, just perhaps, instead of spending the GNP of Ecuador on telling me what a movie’s NOT, you could instead tell me what the movie friggin IS.

So for anyone interested ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is a Bromance / Action film set in 19th century London (think an 80’s buddy-cop flick in period costume). There are some supernatural themes and no coarse language to speak of. Performances are solid, Guy Ritchie’s direction might finally get him out of movie jail, and it looks gorgeous (kudos to D.P Philippe Rousselot).

It’s been a real thin release schedule at the cinemas this holiday season. So in lieu of anything better, check out R. Downey whoop ass on some cockney crim’s. Sure beats the ‘Alvin & the Chipmunks Squeakquel’, right?

Right?

BPM

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