Director Guy Ritchie’s this pop version of the world’s most favorite detective icon doesn’t make the readers of Arthur Conan Doyle much happy but at the same time Ritchie once again delivers an entertainment packaged with all his trademark ingredients like fast pace treatment, crisp editing, stunning visuals, action scenes filled with fun and fine background score.
The film wouldn’t be half as entertaining without Hollywood’s current screen maverick Robert Downey Jr. who tries to bring out the eccentric, rational, intelligent and a methodical detective of all time. He maintained the dignity and not caricaturized the admirable character. Once more he has delivered a knockout performance. Jude Law, Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong are average in whatever offered to them. The movie has fine production value recapturing the visual essence of Baker Street, under construction London Bridge and other Victorian architectures with stunning set design. The ending clearly paved the way for the sequel and I’m surely looking forward to it having company of Ritchie- Downey Jr.
Fine packaged entertainment.