Watch Sherlock Holmes online free on megashare9 now. Director: Guy Ritchie. Writers: Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham. Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams. I love Robert Downey Jr., and he’s funny and engaging as always in the role he takes on in this film. Unfortunately, his character, though named after the “Sherlock Homes” invented by Arthur Conan Doyle, has almost nothing in common with his literary ancestor. This film’s “Holmes” is a hyper-kinetic pugilist who excels at swinging numchuks, swan-diving into the Thames from second-story windows, and leaping about city buildings in a manner reminiscent of the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise. For that matter, the hyper-real Victorian London of the film’s exterior shots has a very similar computer-generated feel to it, one amplified when it vividly depicts the Tower of London on the wrong side of the Thames, among other gaffes.
There is none of the cerebral intensity, none of the subdued emotion, essential to Holmes as a character. A pipe appears precisely three times, and a cigar if proffered but unsmoked. Jude Law’s Watson shows little affection for or understanding of this nouveau Holmes, and their little bits of stage business evoke nothing of the vital feeling between them. That said, if a steam-punk action-adventure film that’s built around three or four elaborate chase sequences appeals, this film may be a fun way to spent an afternoon — it’s certainly a decent “popcorn” flick. But anyone who knows anything about, or cares very much for, Conan Doyle’s immortal character would be better off staying home and popping a few Jeremy Bretty DVD’s into their player.
It’s fair to say that Sherlock Holmes is one of my favourite characters in all of fiction. The detective stories in which he features haven’t dated one bit in the 120 or so years since they were first written, and they remain fresh and crackling with wit and energy even today. Sadly, this big bucks adaptation of the Holmes canon has absolutely nothing to do with the stories. Instead, the approach is of the typically soulless Hollywood blockbuster, i.e. this a film filled with snappy one liners and extensive CGI action scenes. With Robert Downey Jr. playing the titular sleuth, this is more of a Victorian IRON MAN than it is anything approaching Holmes. Even BBC’s RIPPER STREET is closer to the material than this.
SHERLOCK HOLMES is a pretty but uninteresting movie which is interchangeable with the plot of a dozen others. It’s a little like the less-than-impressive Jackie Chan vehicle SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, except made with a larger budget. Downey Jr. appears to be channelling the kooky spirit of Johnny Depp rather than the likes of Rathbone or Brett, and Jude Law is the only one who halfway convinces as a youthful Watson. The worst acting award goes to Rachel McAdams, completely out of her depth.