Adventure is back and this time the dynamic duo aren't sporting tights.
Now it could have been where I saw the Sherlock Holmes that has me prepared to call it possibly the best movie series to come out since The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but if the first installment is any indication - we're on a winner here.
Yes there has been just one movie, but clearly series will have a sequel and possibly more if the writers can keep Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law's interactions on par with their efforts as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in this film. Where I saw the movie no doubt impacts my point of view, as sitting in a small antiquated cinema on the north coast for a 9pm session - I was part of something I've very rarely experienced in the cinema.
The ENTIRE audience enjoying the movie as one.
This is something that the bigger yet sterile cinemas have taken out of the movie going experience... but sadly the quality of films being released has contributed to the insular nature that people view movies with.
Enter Sherlock Holmes and the performances of Downey Jr & Law and you've got yourself an adventure that takes the audience along for the ride. The audience reacted almost as one to the one liners (that were actually funny) and the action was not so beyond the realms of possibility that the audience felt disconnected from what was on the screen.
The companionship Holmes and Watson strike up doesn't seem forced or far fetched in how advanced it is and instead it makes you wonder why this isn't aimed for more often in movies. There's only so many times you can cast the leading man alongside the funny best friend who doesn't get nearly enough screen time to make up for how vanilla the leading man is.
Before I saw the film, I had heard some talk that Holmes was too 'kung-fu' for his own good but that talk was wide of the mark. Downey Jr makes Holmes a physical presence in one scene in particular but at the same time his portrayal humanises the master sleuth by making him fallible in other areas. Sure he doesn't miss a detail when on the case (he's Holmes) but his living quarters are a mess and his weakness around Rachel McAdams (as Irene Adler) is delicious.
Law as Watson is the big surprise for mine. He's not quite in the same pretty boy category as Matthew 'Have I Ever Kept My Shirt On For A Whole Movie?' McConaughey - but I've never been much of a fan. Yet he understates his Watson well, channeling perhaps the relationship Wilson has with House on the successful Fox TV Series. Both are leant on heavily by their best friend yet despite a desire to break free, life is just too interesting with the companionship offered.
Our main villain - Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood - is sufficiently evil with a touch of arrogance that has you wanting him defeated, rather than sticking around which makes him an expendable for Holmes to conquer.