Just goofy. I was disturbed by the voices and the grubby nature of everyone. Didn't anyone bath or tend to the open head wounds in Victorian England? When the Gypsies are the cleanest group in the film that tells you something.
Guy Richie has made a movie that certainly is a triumph in design and costuming. The matrix-like effects are worth sitting through the duller parts and the bad vocal work.
What is the plot? It doesn't matter because there is no plot. Just gorgeous dark effects using the latest visual technology. Half the time this feels like an experiment rather than a movie even though nothing is particularly fresh or new.
It's certainly far from the version of Holmes and Watson that most of us have grown up with. In that respect it's can often be fun when the movie plays on the many eccentricities of our favorite detective. Purist will hate it. I was looking for something new to watch on a Wednesday afternoon and it was there. I am sure I will forget everything I saw by tomorrow.
Jared Harris makes a disturbingly psychotic Professor Moriarty. We live in a golden age for great character actors. I want to see Harris on the third season of 'Boardwalk Empire' now that I have seen him work Moriarty's 'slow boil' to perfection.
Stephen Fry is also brilliant as Mycroft, Holmes' brother. Clearly he has no problems with his body. All his scenes made me laugh out loud.
I enjoyed the story technique where they showed Holmes thinking five moves ahead of everyone else and analyzing all the clues in his immediate environment in order to make one miraculous escape after another. It's cartoonish fun that I enjoyed more the further along the movie went.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.