Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, gets an update with this adaptation of Lionel Wigram's comic book series by writer/director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla) starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular detective, with Jude Law stepping into the shoes of his sidekick, Dr. Watson. Heading up the rest of the cast are RocknRolla's Mark Strong as the film's villain, Blackwood, and Rachel McAdams portraying the love interest, Irene Adler.~Jason Buchanan
Michael Robert Johnson
Robert Downey, Jr.Sherlock Holmes
Jude LawDr. Watson
Rachel McAdamsIrene Adler
Eddie MarsanInspector Lestrade
Geraldine JamesMrs. Hudson
William HoustonConstable Clark
Hans MathesonLord Coward
James FoxSir Thomas Rotheram
William HopeAmabassador Standish
Clive RussellCaptain Tanner
Andrew BrookeGuard Captain
James StephensCaptain Phillips
Sebastian AbineriCoach Driver
Tom WattCarriage Driver
Andrew GreenoughPrison Guard
Bronagh GallagherPalm Reader
Ned DennehyMan With Roses
Lionel WigramScreen Story
Michael Robert JohnsonScreen Story
Hans ZimmerComposer (Music Score)
Sarah GreenwoodProduction Designer
James FosterArt Director
Matt GrayArt Director
Niall MoroneySupervising Art Director
Nick GottschalkArt Director
Lauren MeekAssociate Producer
Bruce BermanExecutive Producer
Michael TadrossExecutive Producer
Jenny BeavanCostume Designer
Max KeeneFirst Assistant Director
Christine BlundellHair Styles
Hans ZimmerMusic Producer
Lorne BalfeMusic Producer
Mark HoltSpecial Effects Supervisor
Mark MostynUnit Production Manager
Action and Adventure,Drama
Detective Film,Action Thriller
Year of Release
Includes Digital Copy, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray
Warner Home Video
Sherlock Holmes [Includes Digital Copy] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] 
Greetings again from the darkness. Great literature seldom makes for great cinema. The mediums are vastly different. However great literature, in the right hands, can make for very entertaining cinema. Such is the case with Guy Ritchie's interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's greatest character.
Mr. Ritchie provides us with quite a departure from the Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce "Holmes and Watson". Here we get dazzling special effects and near super-human feats and stunts. Another twist is that this Holmes here is no meticulous, fastidious bore in real life. In fact, he lives more like a frat boy or rock star - replete with trashed room and bouts of isolation.
What is not missing is Holmes' world class attention to detail. The story here is multi-layered and actually very interesting, if not a bit high-minded and high-concept. The still-under-construction Tower Bridge plays a role in the film and the bleakness and gray of London is captured perfectly.
Of course, I won't reveal any details of the story other than to say the "good" guys are out to get a real bad guy here ... wonderfully played by the always solid Mark Strong, who may or may not be dead. That always makes for an interesting case! Support from Rachel McAdams and Eddie Marsan are fine, but Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are the real stars as Holmes and Watson. As odd as it seems, they really do have a buddy factor that works well on screen. Downey's physicality has always set him apart from many contemporary actors ... he moves like a dancer and fights like a champion. Jude Law is often too pretty-boy for me, but he really does a nice job of capturing the reluctant sidekick with complimentary skills.
This is a BIG movie! It is made to be a rollicking good time with tons of popcorn munched. Smaller kids will not be able to follow the story, but anyone who has read a Holmes story (and isn't against a little artistic license) should see the film. It is extremely entertaining and fun to watch.
Robert Downey Jr and Jude law bring a modern day version of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. While the movie strays from canonical Sherlock Holmes, it does bring the combination of an action adventure movie with the twists and turns of a good mystery along with some comedy. The movie has something for everyone and is entertaining from beginning to end.
A fun reinvention of a classic literary character.
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
Robert Downey Jr. certainly shines as the great literary detective in terms of both intelligence and eccentricity. Along with a supporting cast with Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, this is certainly an enjoyable movie for fans of Downey and/or Holmes. Totally recommend.