|Why, why, why???|
Another big problem that I have with this film is its out-of-character portrayal of Sherlock. Now I get the impression that the intention of Guy Ritchie and the screenwriters was to move their Sherlock Holmes film away from the classic Basil Rathbone/Jeremy Brett adaptations by showing more of the active, energetic Holmes that you read about in the Conan Doyle stories. However, whilst it IS nice to see Sherlock boxing and being less placid the film takes it too far to the other extreme. It's like they're saying "We give you Action Hero Holmes! Now with Karate Chop Motion!" Also, Sherlock Holmes is far too bumbling and dumbed-down in this film. It's actually Watson who comes across as the more intelligent and capable of the two the majority of the time. Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes comes across as extremely intelligent and sharp but Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock often comes across as Jack Sparrow-esque in places. Now I love Jack Sparrow as much as anyone but I don't want Sherlock Holmes to be like him!
My third problem with the film is that it's just generally not a good film. It has a weak, confusing and overly-complicated plot and it's rather poorly-paced. I was amazed at how boring so much of it was. I'm not saying that the film is all bad though since there were some aspects of it that I did like. The first 15-20 minutes of it or so are great and Jude Law makes for a surprisingly excellent Watson. Oh, and I liked Gladstone the dog. But these few good things still didn't stop me from really disliking the film overall so I give it 2/5.