Director Guy Ritchie’s new movie, Sherlock Holmes, will be showing at cinemas around the world on Christmas Day this year. The king of the comeback, Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man, Tropic Thunder), stars as the fictional detective and Jude Law (Alfie, Closer) slots in as his sidekick, Dr John Watson. Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, State Of Play) is the femme fatale Irene Adler – our sleuth’s love interest – and the chameleon-like Mark Strong (Stardust, Body Of Lies) plays Lord Blackwood – a very different character from the Archie he gave us in Ritchie’s RocknRolla last year.
The official plot summary from Warner Bros says Ritchie’s “dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous characters” will light up the screen as Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner, Watson, embark on their latest challenge. “Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country”. Hmmn… Fighting skills? More like an excuse to get ol’ Rob to strip down and show off the buff body he sculpted for Iron Man.
Glistening torsos aside, if the promotional posters (see gallery below) are anything to go by, I think we can expect another polished offering from the former Mr Madonna. And I reckon Sherlock Holmes will fit more snugly into the blockbuster category than some of Ritchie’s previous works, while still showcasing all the guts, grime and glory of his beloved London.
I will be watching to see how much of the essence of the books is retained in the screenplay by Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham. My review will follow early in the new year.