My first memory of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson is of two English gentlemen. Holmes as a sophisticated man with a pipe and silly detective hat, with a love of his violin. Dr. Watson, on the other, as a rather chubby fellow who can be rather dense at some times. Together, however, they make a great team.
Forget about that depiction, they reinvented Holmes.
Dr. Watson is moving out of the Baker Street residence, so he can marry Mary and move into his very own house. Holmes, on the other hand, will try to foil this plan. And all the while they're trying to solve a case.
Lord Blackwood is an occultist. He has killed 5 young women and is on the brink of killing a sixth, but she's saved thanks to the dynamic duo (ahem). Lord Blackwood is condemned by hanging, but not before he utters the words that death is merely the beginning, and it is. Not soon afterwards, he rises from the dead and our movie truly begins.
Add a mysterious stranger for whom Irene Adler works, several people found dead, some spiffy fight scenes and you got yourself a movie.
The first time I saw that movie I first noted I loved the music. To me, music can make or break a movie. Often I find myself thinking how the music doesn't fit and ruins a scene, or sometimes how the music can make a scene better even though it was horrible. So yes, I liked the music.
Now as for the characters, I was apprehensive. Many people complained that Robert Downey Junior isn't right for the part of Holmes, he isn't British. I found his accent to be very convincing, but to be honest you should ask a Brit. To me accents aren't *that* important, maybe he had a horrible accent after all. The performance itself, was excellent and fun to watch. Holmes is someone who likes to get his hands dirty. You see him disguising himself, fighting (martial arts influence?), unravel mysteries, speaking different languages etc. Not the typical detective perhaps, but I liked it.
I was quite pleasantly surprised that Watson isn't simply the assistant that follows Holmes around. Although you could say that Holmes manipulates him all the time, so he still is a follower. But, he has an active role in the movie and I liked that. He knows how to fight, shoot a gun and I felt him to be a better character overall.
The movie itself is around two hours and it doesn't bore you. What I did find interesting is how certain things work out, and only later you see how all these things were realised (flashbacks). But it is done in such a fashion that it isn't preachy or boring.
The fighting sequences were interesting to say the least. Often before Holmes would attack a man, you'll see a slow motion of things he's going to do to take the man out. Then it'll speed up and you'll see how he executes it. Now my only complaint here is that the director could have added that in more often (if possible). You see it in the first half of the movie, then it is ignored for the next half. I found that odd.
I DID like the fact they made the movie grimy. London in that time period wasn't a very happy place, so I'm glad they tried to make it realistically as possible.