Director: Guy Ritichie. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong. 128 min. PG-13. USA/Germany. Action.
I find it offensive when a director treats his viewers like idiots, corrupting a classic figure like Holmes and turning his story into an action-packed farce, riddled with explosions and Kung Fu style fights, just to fulfill a Hollywood glamor complex. Downey Jr.'s fast-talking acting skills are a treat, but I don't remember Holmes ever getting involved with supernatural geeks or the occult. At least Ritchie has the honesty to admit that Holmes and Watson are characters merely "named" in Conan Doyle's stories. Unfortunately, this confession comes too late, during the end credits.