- The story line was original and extremely interesting to watch. I sat there the whole time enjoying trying to decode and solve the mystery along with Sherlock and Watson.
- The actors: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong all did a superb job acting.....their characters were filled to the brim with taste and panache.
- The costuming and set designs were just stunning. I found myself at times paying more attention to the wardrobe and the backgrounds (the sets and items on set) than I did the to the actual dialogue or even the characters at times.
- The scenes in which Sherlock would 'see' his plans of action before he would proceed were uberously cool! Let's just say he can take a man OUT.....and he can foresee and logically think out how to exactly carry out his intention of wounding and or death before he carries the plan out.
- I do not recall hearing anything derogatory/curse words if at all during the movie. (Forgive me if there are 'bad words' in the film, I may have simply not have heard them.)
- The music in this film was brilliant....best scored soundtrack I've heard in a long time. By no means is 'Sherlock Holmes' soundtrack anywhere near the calibur of let's say Lord of the Rings or Titanic, but the music was great, best movie score I've heard this year.
- They did a good job making certain grotesque elements look real, i.e. jars of dead frogs, and the infamous pigs that made me squirm. If the filmmakers were going for a look of authenticity they nailed it! I was squirming!
- There were a few innuendo scenes....two in particular come to my mind. (1) Irene Adler goes to pull something from the inside bosom area of her dress, and Holmes reacting to her curious quick actions, thinking perhaps that she might be concealing a gun reaches his hand into her dress at the neckline/bosom area over her own hand only to reveal a 'deadly letter.' (2) Miss Adler leaves Holmes chained up, and naked with only a pillow to conceal his indisposed nature. Then Holmes makes a crude plea (accidentally) when a maid finds him tied up.
- If you have a weak stomach you might want to skip the 'warehouse' scene. There are pig carcasses, and that is all I will say...
- There are elements of witchcraft wrought all throughout this film, however it is not glorified. So you might want to avoid this film for younger viewers, or maybe if you don't feel like having to 'pick through' the negative elements this may not be the film for you to watch. I believe that there is something to be learned from this film, as well as every other film. I do not watch every film that comes out, because I do believe in guarding hearts and minds, but I do not NOT watch certain movies and avoid them because of a few 'character blemishes.'
That is all I will leave you with to puzzle for now...perhaps you will find this review helpful, perhaps you will say I feel like going along with Holmes and Watson in the game that is surely to become afoot if you watch.....or just maybe you have decided to just not watch because of it's elemental darker mysterious nature. Whatever the choice of yours turns out to be I hope I've been of some help. I know I didn't give any plot or story details, but why spoil the mystery for you? I think I shall remain quiet, lock my mouth and hide the key...
-Daughter of the King